GIDEL: UK first offer for Ga. stars

The Wildcats wasted no time heading back to the peach state after having such tremendous success a year ago. On Thursday, broke another scholarship offer from the Wildcats and this time, it's to one of the best athletes in the state of Georgia this upcoming season.

"I am thrilled to death," Augusta (Ga.) native Chris Drayton (pictured at left) told "They said they really liked me on film. They said I could play several positions in college, but that they really needed safeties. They said to expect the scholarship offer to come in the mail within the next few days."

Drayton is an interesting prospect because he could play a number of different positions at the next level. At Lakeside Evans High School, he is a safety, but according to those that have observed his play, he could grow into a linebacker on the college level. As a junior, Drayton posted 84 tackles and four interceptions last year, along with averaging 20.5 yards on kickoff and punt returns.

According to Lakeside Evans head coach Jon Johnson, Chris is quite a talent; "Chris is by far the fastest and strongest player on our team. He runs the forty in the middle 4.4's and he's a hoss in the weight-room, putting up 340 pounds on the bench, squatting 450 pounds and power cleaning close to 240 pounds."

Much like the majority of the kids the Wildcats were the first to offer in the state of Georgia, the floodgates should open and Drayton should have a lot more options now that Kentucky has went ahead and jumped in the pool.

Drayton won't be able to make it up to Kentucky on Saturday for the spring game, but according to the star athlete, he'll be making plans shortly. "I do plan on going to Kentucky as soon as possible."

Goode adds offer from Mississippi State

RB/DB Demetrice Goode has added an offer from Mississippi State, adding to the current recent trend that seems to match the Wildcats and Dawgs in the LaGrange (Ga.) area this time of year.

"I now have offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State," Goode told

Although the Wildcats were Goode's first scholarship offer, Mississippi State could be a bigger player because of Goode's relationship with former Troup County High School teammate and fellow LaGrange (Ga.) native Brandon Hart, who oddly enough was one of the few recruited athletes from the area who have not garnered a scholarship from the Wildcats in recent years. Hart committed to play for Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State last fall.

"It'll play a factor," Goode said on his friendships with both Wesley (Woodyard) and Brandon (Hart). "I'll feel more comfortable going somewhere I know somebody."

Goode rushed for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns with three kickoff returns for touchdowns while splitting carries with Hart in 2004. Expect those numbers to inflate with more carries and attention.

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