Safety Darius West from Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School has committed to Kentucky.
— Darius West (@D_1west25) June 11, 2013
West is the 14th prospect to commit to Kentucky’s class of 2014 and the eighth prospect from the state of Ohio.
West chose Kentucky over Louisville, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Other schools to offer a scholarship include Missouri, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and West Virginia.
The news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kentucky’s staff has made it clear to West that he’s a big priority in their search for help in the defensive backfield.
“Every day, all day… they don’t leave me alone,” West told Rivals last month. “I love it and it is real special how hard Kentucky hit Ohio football this year.”
Kentucky received a commitment from safety Mike Edwards from Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati earlier in the day. That followed Sunday’s news that defensive end Denzel Ware from Crestview (Fla.) High School had decided to once again commit to the Wildcats.
“It’s a family thing here and I feel comfortable here and that’s what’s best for me,” Ware told Rivals on Sunday.
Kentucky’s early success in recruiting under first-year coach Mark Stoops has helped the Wildcats reach an unseen position in the national recruiting rankings. Kentucky is ranked No. 5 in the nation by 247Sports, which leaves the Wildcats behind only Texas A&M (No. 1) and Tennessee (No. 3) in the SEC.
It’s difficult to believe Kentucky will be able to keep this kind of ranking pace all the way up to signing day on Feb. 5. But it’s clear Stoops has the Wildcats recruiting at a new level, which he was happy to celebrate on Monday night.
Big Big Day for the CATS lets go BBN!!!
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) June 11, 2013