Florida juniors high on Wildcats

Kentucky may be the leaders for a pair of talented teammates from the Sunshine State. Hear what Lake Wales High School standouts Luke Hiers and Marcus Walker have to say about the UK program and why they're so high on the Big Blue in this AllWildcats.com feature.

Kentucky may be the leaders for a pair of talented teammates from the Sunshine State.

Lake Wales High School juniors Luke Hiers and Marcus Walker both have the Wildcats high on their respective lists.

Hiers (6-4, 295, 5.3) is considered one of the top center prospects in the country. Scout rates him No. 4 at his position for 2015. He currently holds scholarship offers from programs like UK, Miami, LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, South Florida, N.C. State and Notre Dame. He is also picking up attention from defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Alabama.

Hiers is currently recovering from a torn MCL he suffered three weeks ago. He is expected to be back at full strength in another three weeks.

"Kentucky coach Chad Scott is telling me how I could come in with an opportunity of playing early," Hiers said. "He tells me how much they need me and want me to come to Kentucky.

"I think Kentucky is a great state and a place to attend school," Hiers added. "Kentucky is my clear-cut favorite. I am sold on the coaching staff and believe in them."

Hiers said he will likely visit UK on senior day, Nov. 30, when the Wildcats play Tennessee. "I am excited for the trip... I plan on making my college decision after my visit to Kentucky."

He may not be the only potential commitment from Lake Wales. Hiers' teammate, Walker (6-2, 185, 4.5) plays wide receiver and safety. He holds offers from UK, South Florida, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Duke, UMass and UConn, while drawing interest from other major programs like Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Miami, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Asked where UK stands in his recruitment, Walker said: "Coach Scott offered me as a free safety. Kentucky is my favorite... I am sold on the coaches and what they're telling me about the Kentucky program."

Walker said there was another reason why he finds UK intriguing: "I want to be on the team that ends the Florida streak."

The Cats have not defeated the Gators since 1986, the longest continuous losing skid in the FBS.

Asked when he plans to make his college choice, Walker said: "My original plan was to be visiting with Luke at the Tennessee game, but my dad told me to wait until my senior year. I am going to take my ACT this weekend and talk to my dad about making an earlier decision. However, right now I'm planning on making my decision after the season."


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