Cats lead for Ohio defensive back

Kentucky has emerged as an early leader for a talented defensive back from the Buckeye State. Read more about him in this AllWildcats recruiting update.

Could Kentucky be on the verge of getting another commitment from a big-time defensive back from Ohio?

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.

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"They contacted my former head coach, (UK alum) Maurice Douglass, and they wanted to see what kind of player and what kind of person I was," Beckham said. "Over that time, I built a good relationship with all of the coaches. I've been down there (Kentucky) and I've had a good time getting to know them."

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."

Beckham also holds offers from Indiana and Minnesota. The Cats, Hoosiers and Gophers comprise his current top three, but he lists UK as his leader.

He's receiving strong interest from Michigan State, Tennessee, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

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.

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