Russ Yeast, son of former UK star, latest to withdraw verbal commitment to Wildcats

Kentucky football is hemorrhaging from de-commitments, and the latest hits close to home for the Wildcats.

Nine days after losing elite quarterback Mac Jones to the Alabama Crimson Tide, Big Blue Nation learned on Thursday that four-star athlete Russ Yeast has also withdrawn his verbal commitment.

He announced his decision via the Twitter social network.

Yeast, the son of former Kentucky standout receiver Craig Yeast, is the sixth major prospect to de-commit from the Cats in the senior class. Earlier this spring, UK also lost three-star Ohio defensive end James Hudson, three-star Ohio running back Michael Warren, four-star Ohio tight end Charles Reeves and three-star Florida defensive end Demarco Artis.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Yeast originally committed to UK in July of 2015. He recently competed in the Chicago Opening event, earning Top 10 honors on the defensive side of the ball. He is receiving heavy attention from programs like Louisville, Indiana, Cincinnati, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Maryland.

He played in Ohio last season, but has moved to Indiana to play for his father this season. He is rated Scout's No. 2 athlete in the Midwest.

The Cats' 2017 commitment list is now down to nine players after once being rated among the nation's top 25 classes. UK was ranked No. 31 prior to the Yeast news.

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