LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Guy Morriss landed his 15th verbal commitment for the 2002 football recruiting season and 17th commitment overall this past weekend in the form of Texas offensive lineman Travis Slaydon.
A 6-foot-3, 270-pounder from Harlingen (which also produced former UK lineman Matt Brown), Slaydon reportedly gave his verbal to the UK staff prior to making his official visit. He told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he wanted to secure his scholarship before the Cats ran out.
Slaydon picked UK over UTEP, North Texas State and West Texas State.
"I think it's just the chance to be in that conference and play the type of football the play," Slaydon's coach, John Lerma, told the Courier-Journal. "That really motivated him."
In dire need of depth on the offensive line, the UK staff has made a late push to sign more big men. To date, they have verbals from three offensive linemen: Beechwood's Joe Brady, Snellville (Ga.) product Hayden Lane and Slaydon. Paul Webb, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound prospect from Johnson Central, was originally listed as a defensive tackle, but may also project to the offensive line.
The Cats have 16 scholarships to offer for 2002 and two remaining from the 2001 period, which have been slated for junior college players. They will likely over-sign in this year's class and have several players "grayshirt," enrolling in January of 2003 to count against that year's figures.