Kentucky Wildcats stay in touch with Belfry's Cole Bentley, a Louisville verbal commitment

Kentucky has done a solid job under head coach Mark Stoops of getting most of the in-state talent to eventually suit up for the Wildcats.

There is at least one notable exception, though, in the Class of 2017.

One prospect that got away from the Cats early in the process was Belfry senior offensive guard Cole Bentley, who stunned many fans and analysts alike when he made a verbal commitment to the rival Louisville Cardinals, a rarity for a player from the mountains of eastern Kentucky. 

Despite that pledge, Bentley is still hearing from the UK staff, including offensive line coach John Schlarman. The player has formed a strong relationship with the coach for the last two years.

“I get letters from them and texts every now and then,” Bentley said. “I talk to Coach Schlarman some, but it's really just keeping in touch with each other. We have a good relationship. He just wishes me luck in my games, asking how things are going, and about football in general, told me to come (visit) when I want.”

One aspect of his recruitment that could help UK land a visit is the fact that Bentley's teammate, senior offensive tackle Austin Dotson, is committed to the Cats. Dotson has remained hopeful that his close friend may have a change of heart.

“Austin is my best friend, I love him man," Bentley said. "He's a great guy, very fun to play beside of. He just keeps asking for me to come back down to campus with him... He has asked a lot for the South Carolina and the Vandy game."

Bentley says he remains fully committed to UofL and talks to the Cards' staff on a regular basis.

Belfry (2-0) features one of the most powerful offensive lines in the state. The Pirates opened the season with a 48-12 win over Tates Creek and followed that up with a 47-13 win over Harlan County. They are averaging 370 rushing yards per game. The defending Class 3A champions play tonight at Newport Central Catholic.

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