Less than 24 hours after announcing that one highly-touted recruit had earned freshman eligibility, the Kentucky Wildcats were caught off guard Thursday when they learned another had not.
Chad Anderson, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker from Canton, Ohio, will not be eligible to play this season after failing a senior English class at McKinley High School. He had achieved a qualifying test score on his SAT.
Anderson, a SuperPrep All-American generally considered among the top prep linebackers in the country, was expected to have an immediate impact for the Cats. His loss could be a tough blow for Kentucky, which lost senior linebacker Ryan Murphy, a two-year starter, to academics this spring.
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Rick Smith told the Lexington Herald Leader that Anderson would retake the English class this fall at McKinley. He won't be able to enroll at UK until the fall of 2002, meaning his recruitment could be re-opened.
The news on Anderson came shortly after Kentucky learned that defensive lineman Ellery Moore, a 6-3, 260-pound former prep All-American from Massillon, Ohio, had gained eligibility.