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Michael Mathis fourth junior college defensive commitment for Stoops, Kentucky

Vaught’s note: Tried to take a few hours off today to take a 10-mile run and do a few family things, so little late with this recruiting update.


Junior college cornerback Michael Mathis became the 24th member of Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class when he decided Tuesday to join the Wildcats.

He plays at Kilgore (Texas) Junior College, the same school that sent tight end Steven Borden to UK this season.

The 6-2, 210-pound Mathis is only a two-star recruit, the lowest of any player in the recruiting class. He made two tackles, including one for loss, in his team’s season-opening loss. He had 37 tackles and one interception in 2012.


Mathis is the fourth defensive junior college player in the 2014 class — a sign that coach Mark Stoops obviously knows he needs major help for the defense next year and did long before his team lost to Western Kentucky. UK already had commitments from lineman Cory Johnson, linebacker Ryan Flannigan and  back Shyquawn Pullium.



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  1. Larry Pup

    Welcome Michael. Glad to have you joining the Big Blue.

  2. Love SEC F-Ball

    We are glad that you are going to be a Wildcat, Michael.
    You will enjoy playing for this coaching staff.
    Welcome to BBN!

  3. Little Baron

    Welcome to the University of Kentucky WildCat Football team! Hope you have a great & injury-free season, getting you ready to play for the future IMPROVED WILDCATS in the mighty SEC!

    JC players are a welcome sight with our IMMEDIATE defensive needs. Experience at the (Junior) College level can more than offset 2-star ratings. I trust our staff to recruit wisely to meet needs & to select talent that can contribute right away, since coming from a JC.

  4. Little Baron

    Larry, thanks for posting late, after a long (& surely tiring) day!

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