Georgia receiver picks Wildcats

Kentucky's fourth commitment of the 2012 class comes from a familiar school and a very familiar state for the Wildcats. Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Georgia has produced three current Kentucky players and now another one is joining his former Jaguar teammates.

Kentucky's fourth commitment of the 2012 class comes from a familiar school and a very familiar state for the Wildcats. Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Georgia has produced three current Kentucky players and now another one is joining his former Jaguar teammates.

Wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat visited Kentucky this weekend for a one-day camp and came away as part of the Wildcat family. Sweat felt the atmosphere there was the deciding factor.

"They made me feel right at home. I came there for a one-day camp and the coaches made me feel at home," said Sweat. "I was very impressed. You don't have anything to worry about except following through with what you have to do. When (the staff) coaches you, things just come easier," he continued.

Sweat is very familiar with the Wildcat program because of some current Kentucky players and one former Wildcat great.

"Having former teammates (made is easy)," said Sweat. "I had family up there. (former Kentucky defensive end) Jeremy Jarmon is my cousin. I had Ronnie Shields, who's like a big brother. Jabari (Johnson) and Raymond (Sanders) are there. It wasn't a big decision for me because I know I felt at home," he continued.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver's stats don't pop out at you. He had only 12 catches for 295 yards last season, but Stephenson is a team that focuses mostly on the run game. But Kentucky, along with Indiana, Purdue and FIU saw enough from him to offer a scholarship.

"I can snatch the ball out of the air. My route running has come a long way. My ball skills, route running and my hands are my strengths. And my ability to jump," he said. "I'm really working on getting better at separation. I'm trying to get better at route running. Route running becomes more a factor in college," he said.

Sweat joins Patrick Towles, Josh Harris and Thomas Chapman as Kentucky's 2012 commitments.


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