Since Mark Stoops arrived at the University of Kentucky, he's had no problem in getting talented defensive backs to commit to his program. He and his staff have also been great at getting some of the best prospects from the Buckeye State to spurn offers from Big Ten programs and help be a part of a resurgence at UK.
Enter Kei Beckham, a 2015 defensive back from Trotwood-Madison High School. He has a growing list of college offers, but the Wildcats offered him early last year and got a strong head start on the competition.
He was thrilled to learn about the offer from the Cats.
"They offered me during my season last year, around September, and they got to see me come play in a game the day after they offered," Beckham said. "It was a great feeling, especially since it was coming from Kentucky and coach Stoops. They're trying to change the program around, and it was a good feeling for him to come after me."
Having a teammate in Messiah deWeaver, who also holds a scholarship offer from UK, has led to talk of them teaming-up in college.
"Yeah, we've talked about playing together at UK," Beckham said. "It's something I could see happening."
This spring, he hopes to make several unofficial visits.
"I'm definitely gonna make it to Kentucky's spring game, (and) maybe Ohio State's," he said.