Tate Leavitt held offers from several programs when he settled in on the University of Kentucky. While it appears that Kentucky has long been the front-runner in Leavitt’s recruitment, there was a contingency plan just in cash.
“I had some (other) officials lined up. When I took my Kentucky (official) visit, I thought things would go well. But I wanted to make sure it was right. It was a good fit and I cancelled my other visits. I’m solid with Kentucky,” he said
Leavitt also took several unofficial visits before committing to the Wildcats. Programs like Texas Tech, Missouri, TCU, Louisville, West Virginia and Illinois all had the 6-foot-6, 305-pound sophomore on campus at one point or another.
Leavitt feels like he’ll be a big part of the Kentucky offense. Having spent time learning a little of what the Wildcats do, he can see where he’ll carve out his niche in the offense.
“I think I’m going to fit in good into the offense. We play the same system at Hutchinson,” Leavitt said. “I spent some time with Coach (John) Schlarman and Coach (Vince) Marrow on my unofficial visit and I felt very comfortable with the system. I’ll have to get familiar with it again when I get back.”
Leavitt will enroll early at Kentucky for the spring semester where he’ll have time to work out with his future teammates and compete at spring practice.
“I’ll be enrolling for the spring semester. I think it’s going to be a huge advantage getting here early. Not just for spring practice but because I’m there for winter workouts. I think that’s even more important. And I’ll be there in the summer,” he continued.
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