Cincy DB has renewed interest in Cats

New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says the Wildcats must be aggressive in recruiting his native Ohio. One player that the UK already had some recruiting ties with prior to the coaching change was Jaleel Hytchye of Cincinnati's LaSalle High School. Could the Cats get back in the picture with the three-star defensive back?

New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says the Wildcats must be aggressive in recruiting his native Ohio. One player that the UK already had some recruiting ties with prior to the coaching change was Jaleel Hytchye of Cincinnati's LaSalle High School. Could the Cats get back in the picture with the three-star defensive back?

"I haven't heard anything from the new staff yet, but I'm anxious to see if coach Stoops is going to give me a call," Hytchye said. "I'd like to know what's going on there. I'm definitely interested."

The 6-foot, 165-pound corner has his first official visit coming up this weekend with Pittsburgh. Ironically, he'll be in the Steel City with another UK recruit, Florida defensive back Blake McClain, who is a soft verbal to the Cats.

"That should be interesting," Hytchye said. "I'm sure it will come up."

He also has an official visit planned for Northwestern on Jan. 11. Arizona State would like him to make an official visit on the following weekend, but Hytchye said he may have a decision made by that point.

"It's mainly Pittsburgh and Northwestern and, hopefully, Kentucky," he said. "I've already been down to Kentucky before just to see the campus with some friends. I liked it a lot. I'd like to go back for an official visit."

Hytchye said he liked the previous UK staff, but understood that the program needed to make a change due to the results on the field. He was excited to hear the Cats were getting a defensive-minded head coach.

"I knew the Stoops name, but I didn't know all that much about him until I got on the internet and did some research," he said. "I read how good his defenses have been at Florida State and how he used to coach DBs at the U (Miami) when they on top of their game. He's got a great background.

"I think that's exactly what Kentucky needed, especially being in the SEC. Look at the best teams in that league every year, the Alabamas and LSUs. They do it with defense."

Hytchye also likes UK's proximity to his home and the chance to play in what he called "the greatest conference in college football."

"It would be a real easy drive for my family and friends to come see me play," he said, "and being a competitor, I really like the idea of competing against the best teams and best players every week."


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