Cats land O-Lineman

Kentucky picked up another big verbal commitment Wednesday night in the form of Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park offensive lineman Jervontius Stallings. Read more about his decision in this AllWildcats update.

Kentucky picked up another big verbal commitment Wednesday night in the form of Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park offensive lineman Jervontius Stallings.

Stallings (6-3, 315) picked the Wildcats over Mississippi State and Colorado. He confirmed his verbal to UK via a Twitter message.

"I fell in love with the place on my visit," Stallings said of his January 17 trip to Lexington. "I loved the coaches and the players and the people at the school, what they're all trying to do as a program. They all seem like one big family trying to work together to do something big."

Stallings is a versatile lineman, but is projected to play center for the Wildcats.

"I've been playing center way back to my little league days," he said. "My older brothers taught me how to snap the ball, and I've worked real hard at it. I love playing center because you get to touch the ball on every play, and you kind of feel like the quarterback of the O-Line."

Stallings comes from a football family. His brother, Tre, was a standout at Ole Miss before moving on to the NFL. Another brother, Ladarius, has been an assistant at the University of Cincinnati.

He was recruited primarily by UK assistant coaches Neal Brown, Derrick Ansley and John Schlarman.

"I loved all the coaches there," he said. "It's not just one guy who had a big impact on me. It was all of them. I can't wait to play for them."

Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Regie Meant served as his host during the official visit.

"I could relate to him because he came to Kentucky from Florida, a good distance from his family, and that was one of the things I was wondering about," Stallings said. "He gave me good advice, and the rest of their players all made me feel more comfortable about that."

Stallings' addition gives UK 27 verbal commitments one week from National Signing Day. Mark Stoops says the program expects to sign 28 players in this class. Four-star Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam is set to choose between Kentucky and Alabama during a press conference at his school on Thursday at noon ET and could be the final piece in the UK puzzle.

Jeff Drummond has covered University of Kentucky sports for newspapers, magazines and online publications since 1988 and for FOX Sports since 2012. A Richmond, Ky., native, he currently resides in Lexington.

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