Yesterday, Kentucky received verbal commitments from wide receiver Alex Montgomery and safety Marcus McWilson. Both of these come as huge news considering The Wildcats’ need at both positions and the talent levels of both of these players.
Marcus McWilson – S – 6’0 / 195 – Youngstown, OH
When it comes to true difference makers o Kentucky’s board, McWilson is at or very near the top. He’s a safety prospect that is equally talented at laying out a ball carrier or covering a wide receiver. He has excellent speed and size to play in the SEC and is nearly a consensus four-star player. He’s considered a top-20 player in the state of Ohio and a top-20 safety nationally. Currently, Kentucky’s top four safeties appear to be junior Ashely Lowery, redshirt sophomore Glen Faulkner, and true sophomore twins Zach and Daron Blaylock. With Lowery and Faulkner having both battled multiple injuries in their time at UK, Zach Blaylock’s inexperience, and Daron Blaylock’s chances of moving to linebacker, the addition of McWilson to this class could not have come at a better time. He will undoubtedly play as a true freshman (barring injury), and should challenge for a starting job when he arrives this summer.
Alex Montgomery – WR – 6’1 / 195 – Weston, FL
There was never any secret about how important locking up a couple of wide receivers in this class is, and Montgomery was a huge addition to the 2013 class. He’s considered a consensus three-star player, and rated as highly as the number 51 wide receiver in the country (rivals). He’s so versatile, that ESPN actually lists him as the number 12 tight end in the country. Montgomery had the game of a lifetime in the Florida 8A Championship (the state’s top division), hauling in 9 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns on his way to first-team all-state honors. With a roster of only SIX returning receivers and the transition to the air-raid offense looming, Montgomery should find playing time early at Kentucky.
Easily two of the most important commitments of the 2013 signing class, Montgomery and McWilson should give Kentucky a considerable boost of momentum heading into national signing day.