Justin Day says he was prepared for this day to come, but like many cases of bad news, it was still difficult to swallow when he heard Kentucky was parting ways with Joker Phillips.
"I was hearing it could happen all season, but it's one of those things where I kept thinking maybe it won't happen," said the South Aiken (S.C.) offensive lineman who committed to the Wildcats in June. "It still surprised me."
Day (6-8, 290) is one of four offensive linemen currently committed to the Cats. The others are Florida prospects Ander Bodkin and Ramsey Meyers and Jake Boynton of Georgia. UK is expected to sign four or five O-Linemen in February as part of a 2013 class that should number approximately 20 players.
Will Day be part of that class now?
"I'm still committed to them," Day said. "I had a nice talk with coach (Greg) Nord tonight, and he told me to just hang on tight and remember the reasons why I liked the school so much. They're supposed to have a meeting tomorrow, and they'll be calling me back to let me know more.
"I'm just kind of scared and confused right now. I really liked Joker (Phillips) coach Nord and coach (Mike) Summers. It felt like a family up there because of those guys. The thing that scares me is, if the new coach isn't that type of guy, I'm not sure I want to be there."
Day said he may consider taking some other visits. He noted that a handful of other schools had continued to recruit him, but he declined to cite those until the UK situation is resolved. Southern Miss was one of his other scholarship offers at the time he committed to the Cats.
He was scheduled to come to UK for his official visit in January.
Day "a little confused" about UK situation
AllWildcats Top Stories
RECAP: No. 11 KENTUCKY 72, MISSOURI 62Freshman center posts double-double in leading Cats past Tigers.
AllWildcatsYesterday at 5:19 PM
Florida Teammates Commit to CatsUK now has three commitments in junior class.
AllWildcatsYesterday at 9:37 AM
Payne: Play with confidence... or elseUK assistant coach says struggling players must show more confidence or sit.
AllWildcatsMonday at 12:50 PM
Anthony Davis MVP of NBA All-Star GameA.D. sets scoring record for event with 52 points.
AllWildcatsSunday at 8:18 PM