Earlier this week, Kentucky received a commitment from Jake Boynton. The 6’7 offensive tackle prospect weighs in at 270 pounds and hails from the same hometown as Zach and Daron Blaylock. This addition to the 2013 class is huge, because Kentucky’s depth at the offensive tackle position was looking to be rail thin this season and beyond. Adding Boynton gives the Cats a versatile lineman with the type of reach to get our and cut off speed rushing ends or linebackers. While there is obviously a chance that the staff may move him inside to guard or center, Boynton at least starting his career as an offensive tackle would appear to be almost a certainty. With a smaller number of scholarship offers to hand out in the upcoming recruiting class, Boynton obviously showed the staff something that impressed them to garner and offer and accepted commitment so quickly. While this commitment did surprise many of the Kentucky fans that follow recruiting closely, it shouldn’t. Boynton played with the Blaylock twins, and is a 6’7 high school junior. Most coaches worth their salt would notice a guy Boynton’s size even when scouting someone else. What is much more likely, is that the staff was impressed with his play last year while they were scouting the Blaylock twins and decided that he was a candidate for a scholarship offer despite a limited number of scholarships in the upcoming class. After keeping in touch throughout the offseason, the staff invited him up to one of their camps and he obliged. After seeing Boynton perform against other players in a controlled camp environment IN ADDITION to seeing him in person and on tape as well, the staff made the decision to pull the trigger. So while all of this seems like a recent development, it probably was in the works for over a year.
Anyway, here’s what you need to know about Boynton. He’s huge. He’s tough. He fills a position of need. He likes running people over.
Check out the video. Boynton is #73, and hard to miss. He’s lined up at RT.