By LARRY VAUGHT
Ohio defensive back Kei Beckham said “pretty much everything” felt right to him at Kentucky, so he decided there was no longer any need to delay his college decision.
The cornerback from Trotwood Madison High School gave his verbal commitment to the Wildcats Saturday night joining an impressive list of 2015 verbal commits.
“Every time I have been there, it has been like family,” said Beckham. “I also wanted to have a chance to be part of a program that was turning around and help build something going forward like what coach (Mark) Stoops is doing at Kentucky. And it’s close to home.”
Beckham says his strengths are “footwork and attacking the football” at all times.
“I like to be aggressive and make a difference on the field. The coaches think I can make a difference for them turning things around, and so do I,” he said.
He knows about winning. His high school has played in four straight state championship games he won a state title as a freshman.
“We have a lot of Division I talent on the team that I practice with and against every day,” he said.
That’s one reason playing in the Southeastern Conference appealed to him so much.
“Coach Stoops has a great defensive background at Florida State with putting guys in the NFL and he is a great person, too,” Beckham, who said he ocasionally runs into UK fans in the Dayton area where he lives, said. “But there is nothing better than competing in the SEC. I am a guy that loves to compete and in the SEC you get to compete and go against the best.
“Guys on the team told me Kentucky is a great place to be and I know some guys from Ohio on the team and they would not lead me wrong. There’s a lot of Ohio guys there and that did impress me.”