Four-star Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods defensive back Mike Edwards announced via the Twitter social network on Wednesday that he will not be joining the Wildcats this fall due to requiring shoulder surgery to repair damage that has lingered from his senior season in high school.
Edwards (5-11, 175, 4.5) was a Top 30 cornerback prospect in the Class of 2014, choosing UK over programs like Louisville, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Missouri and Nebraska.
He was expected to make an early impact, if healthy, in a UK secondary that is still lacking depth. J.D. Harmon, Cody Quinn, A.J. Stamps, Fred Tiller and Nate Willis are expected to be the Cats' primary corners competing for playing time this fall.
Kentucky finished 10th in the SEC in pass defense last season, allowing 229.8 yards per game through the air. The Cats recorded an SEC-low three interceptions, including just one by a defensive back in 2013.