By LARRY VAUGHT
Seneca defensive lineman Lloyd Tubman has made an impression on Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown since his arrival on campus in June.
“We really feel like Lloyd Tubman’s going to end up being the steal of this recruiting class. Not a guy that was on the national scene like a couple other kids that we signed,” Brown said. “Lloyd’s mother is from Liberia, and he’s really just learning the game of football. He’s got two sisters that are really neat people and he was a really good student at Seneca.
“He’s got a real big upside, as far as how much better he can get. He can run. He’s a guy that will play D-end (defensive end) and play a little stand-up outside linebacker. He’s looking at a redshirt this year and probably has an opportunity to be a really good player for us for four years.”
Three other Louisville players on the UK roster have also impressed Brown, including one that not many UK fans may even know about.
“Max Godby came as a walk-on and started two games for us last year (in the offensive line). He earned a scholarship right before the season started,” Brown said. “He’s a great ambassador in our program. He has a strong Christian faith and does a lot of things in the community. He’ll be a backup for us this year as a guard/center. Great kid. One of those kids that’s the heart and soul of your program, a guy who walked on and loves Kentucky, loves everything about the university.”
Then there is freshman receiver Miles Thompson, a walk-on from Manual. He was redshirted last season.
“He’s done a great job. He has the best vertical (jump) of anybody on our team. Everyone talks about 40-yard dashes, but if you look at guys that are explosive, the best measurement of explosiveness is your vertical,” Brown said. “I think he’ll contribute a little this year, but as he grows into his body, he could be a real factor for us down the road.”
Then there is incoming freshman Charles Walker, another receiver.
“Charles Walker is a kid that we got from Louisville St. X who I thought was as good a high school football player as there was in the state last year. He came as preferred walk-on and we are really excited about him,” Brown said.
Remember, last year’s in-state class included quarterback Drew Barker and defensive tackle Matt Elam, two of the nation’s elite players.