Coach Speaks on JC DB Verbal

The Wildcats landed their second junior college addition yesterday, with the verbal commitment of A.J. Grigsby from El Camino Junior College in Torrance (Calif.).

The 5-foot-11, 190 pound cornerback will arrive in January and will add an immediate upgrade in speed in the secondary according to El Camino JC assistant coach Jim Chambers.

"A.J. is very excited about the commitment and the offer from Kentucky," Chambers said. "He's a good kid, with good speed, whose very good at run support."

Although he was recruited by several schools, including Tulsa, UNLV and Marshall, Grigsby was without an offer until the Wildcats came along. Taking the advice from Chambers, he went ahead and verbally committed to Kentucky.

"I'm glad he took my advice by doing so," Chambers said. "I told him that Kentucky was a great school and it was a great opportunity for him. That it was a good environment and a fresh start outside the state of California. I know he's very much looking forward to continuing his education at Kentucky."

"We play tomorrow for the conference championship and obviously, there is gonna be alot of recruiters there to see him play, but I told him that it would be in his best interest to go ahead and verbally commit and take the offer."

So with that, the Wildcats added one of the top cornerback prospects in the California junior college system. "He's a speed guy - ya know - he's always been a track athlete. He's got a tremendous amount of determination and most importantly is good in the classroom," Chambers continued. "He's a good cover guy, he drives to the ball, is good at the run support and plays flat very well."

"Just great speed."

Grigsby will make his official visit trip to Lexington with his teammates Moses Manu (DT 6'3 245) and Marvin Arnold (OL 6'3 280) on December 3rd. No word yet on whether or not he'll be joined by Marcel Reese (WR 6'4 210) or Nate Ness (S 6'3 210). The Wildcats have been actively recruiting Reese rather competitively and have indicated an offer might be forthcoming in previous conversations.

"(Marcel)'s a great find for any school," Chambers said. "He can run routes and is a great speed for big guy. We've got film on him that shows him seperating from everyone, just turning it on and sprinting past everyone.

"Anybody that can pick him up is getting a huge steal. He's like a big 'T.O.' on steroids. Just a huge kid with great speed, but without the attitude.


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