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South Warren DL Adrian Middleton did not want UK to run out of scholarships before he could commit

By LARRY VAUGHT

He always liked Kentucky, but South Warren defensive lineman Adrian Middleton had a little extra motivation for making his commitment to UK Saturday — he didn’t want coach Mark Stoops to run out of scholarships. The 6-4, 275-pound Middleton became the 18th player in the 2014 class to verbally commit when he told Stoops Saturday that he wanted to play for the Wildcats.

“I just wanted to focus on my senior season and wanted recruiting out of the way,” said Middleton, a three-star prospect and the first Division I commit from his school since it opened three years ago. “I knew UK might be running out of scholarships. They are bringing in a lot of great recruits. Since UK was always No. 1 with me, I wanted to commit before they would run out.”

He went to camp at UK last week and said it only “confirmed” what he thought about the school and coaching staff.

“The coaches sounded very pleased when I committed,” Middleton said. “Coach Stoops was very happy and said he really wanted me to commit. (Offensive coordinator) Neal Brown was really happy, too. The reaction here has been great. My Twitter is kind of blowing up.”

Middleton is UK’s seventh commit in the last week. He chose Kentucky over Louisville, Indiana, Missouri, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. Middleton and Conner quarterback Drew Barker are the only two in-state players in UK’s 2014 recruiting class, but John Hardin defensive lineman Matt Elam remains a priority recruit and has UK in his final five along with Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Louisville.

Middleton says committing to UK will change his summer plans “a little bit” as he turns his focus to his high school senior season.

“I don’t plan on going to any more camps or anything. My recruiting is over,” the defensive lineman said.

He’s still a bit surprised the way his stock has soared since his season ended.

“All this came out of nowhere. I did not really think I was all that good,” he said. “I guess it was my highlight film or something that changed this. I just feel lucky.”

He said it was a “big deal” to be the first Division I commit from South Warren.

“(Defensive coordinator) Brandon Smith has done a lot of work sending out films to help me. I appreciate that because it paid off,” Middleton said.

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  1. Larry Pup

    Welcome Adrian. Thanks for choosing UK. Better days are ahead for the “wildcats.” You have a chance to make it happen. The BBN is fired up for football. Coach Stoops is getting it done on the recruiting trail, indeed all UK’s football coaches are. Job well done for sure.

  2. Love SEC F-Ball

    Adrian, we are glad that you will be a Wildcat. You are already a part of BBN.
    You will be glad that you stayed home. Good luck to you.

  3. Andy

    For once its good to hear UK winning the recruiting battle among the established schools. NO more fighting MAC and sunbelt schools and constantly looking for that diamond in the rough.

  4. Ira

    Andy totally agree. I got tired of all the great Joker recruiting battles the Joke won over those same conferences. I mean recruit like a C-USA team and we will compete win and lose just like them against other SEC teams. Oh wait we did.

    Congrats young man on your verbal to UK. good luck with your SR season.

  5. Anonymous

    You just can’t have enough good DTs…that position is so critical in the SEC. Welcome aboard big guy!

  6. Eric

    Great pickup. Big DT’s are what we need. Elam needs to take a page out of Adrians book and commit before the well runs dry of scholarships.

  7. Andy

    Good point but I think the staff will hold out one spot for Elam regardless. Alabama can afford to be in a position to wait around but UK not so much so lets hope he takes it.

  8. David

    Does anyone have any information on where Nick Richardson might be leaning as far as schools. His a 4* out of Westerville Ohio, an OL 6’4″ 285lbs. We need some big line for our offense. He is the highest rated player that hasn’t committed yet. I am sure coach Marrow is in his ear, we need to get the BBN to start showing him some love on Twitter.

  9. Seymour

    Any info on how many verbals Coach is trying to get? I expect to lose more than we gain on the late signings, but who knows with this staff?

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