Cats lead for Sunshine State RB

It's becoming clear that the new Kentucky staff wants to add some playmakers to the Wildcats' backfield in this recruiting class. Help could be coming in the form of a Florida back who says UK is now the leader in his recruitment.

"I just talked to coach (Chad) Scott recently, and he offered me a full-ride scholarship to play there," said three-star Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola running back Stafon McCray. "That was huge for me because it's always been a dream of mine to play in the SEC. That's where my heart is leaning right now."

McCray (5-11, 200, 4.5) rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. He also had more than 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior. Kentucky decided to offer after seeing his strong performance in the Florida North-South All-Star Game.

"I think that's when coach Scott decided he wanted to offer me," McCray said. "He saw me go for about 45 yards and a touchdown on six carries against a team that was loaded with big-time Division I players. You know, usually, you play against one or two in any game. But the all-star game had a whole defense full of them. He said he was impressed with how I ran downhill."

Kentucky has an opportunity for a freshman back to contribute immediately, according to what McCray has heard from the new staff. "I loved hearing that," he said. "That got me even more excited."

Asked what he's been able to learn about the UK program, McCray said: "I know they've had some good players there recently and some guys go on to live their dreams in the pros. That's what I'm looking to do. They've got the kind of coaching and facilities to help you do that, and you also get to play against the best of the best every week in the SEC."

McCray has also been impressed by what he's heard about the UK program's commitment to academics. "It's just a good all-around school," he said. "It sounds like a great place. I'm looking forward to going up there for my visit."

An official visit to UK has been scheduled for Jan. 18. He will also visit Utah State on Jan. 11. Marshall, where he visited in November, Cincinnati and Ohio are also possibilities, although McCray said he's got a clear leader now.

"Kentucky looks like the place for me," he said. "Those other schools are nice, and I have a lot of respect for them, but I think Kentucky has everything I've been looking for."

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