Wildcats talking with Lexington tackle

Kentucky lost tackle Clint Tucker a few weeks ago as he decommitted from the Wildcats and cast his lot with his home state Illini. But Joker Phillips is still checking out several tackles to fill that role. One of them is a local talent, Ryan Smith.

Kentucky lost tackle Clint Tucker a few weeks ago as he decommitted from the Wildcats and cast his lot with his home state Illini. But Joker Phillips is still checking out several tackles to fill that role. One of them is a local talent, Ryan Smith.

Henry Clay (Ky.) defensive tackle Ryan Smith has long been on Kentucky's board of prospects. But it seemed that UK wasn't as interested as other programs. However things have changed a little in recent weeks.

"Recruiting is picking up," said Smith. "I'm getting more interest from UK, so that's pretty exciting," said Smith. "Chuck Smith and Joker (Phillips) are the coaches I've been talking with. Coach Joker came to our school to visit me and Vinny (Vincent Miller, 2012 WR) on Friday before we played Scott County," said Smith.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound tackle has had a solid showing through four games this year with 25 tackles and two sacks, helping the Blue Devils to a 2-2 record against a tough schedule.

This summer Smith proved to be an athletic machine on the camp scene. Ryan possesses a 29-inch vertical leap, benches 345 and squats 625 pounds. He also runs a sub 5.0 forty.

As a junior Smith had 54 tackles and 7 ½ sacks for Henry Clay. "I use my hands very well. I'm pretty strong. My strength, explosiveness and quickness off the ball are my biggest strengths. I can always get faster off the ball. I wan to improve my flexibility. I want to get better on my reads as a defensive lineman," he said as he described himself.

Smith's lone offer is from Navy, but he's received interest from LSU, Louisville, Missouri, Marshall, West Virginia, Michigan State and Illinois.


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