Under Hal Mumme, the Wildcats frequented the state of Texas for recruits each passing year. From Tommy Cook to Warren Wilson, the Lone Star state supplied the program with an annual prospect.
It's been since Cook landed at UK, that a Wildcat coaching staff landed a prospect from Texas, but this year the University of Kentucky coaching staff is hoping to head back to the state, partly because of the connections brought forward from new runnings back coach David Lockwood, who coached at Houston.
The first destination was Cedar Hill (Tx.) HS, just outside of Dallas and teammates James Hamilton and Osaze Idumwonyi.
Hamilton, a 5-foot-9, 165 pound cornerback is being highly recruited by several schools including Kentucky.
"Tulsa, Tulane, Central Arkansas, North Texas, New Mexico State, Rice, UTEP, Kentucky, Washington State and SMU have offered me," Hamilton said. "I'm not ready to name any favorites yet, because I haven't really visited the schools yet. I really like Tulsa, though, but it's the only school I've seen."
Hamilton visited the Golden Hurricanes for junior day. "I'm gonna wait it out until after I take some official visits."
In addition to Tulsa, Kentucky and North Texas have attracted the senior-to-be as well this summer.
"I really like Kentucky, as well," Hamilton indicated. "They are trying to rebuild the program up there. They have been doing real well lately. I'd really like to go up there and play in their conference. They need the best players to get better and I wouldn't mind being apart of that."
"The coaching staff liked the way that I was playing on the film," Hamilton stated. "They said that they liked the way I was running hard on kickoffs and what not. They said they liked my work ethic."
The distance factor in comparison to the other schools on the cornerback's list, could be seen as a hurdle for the Kentucky coaching staff, but the Cedar Hill (Tx.) native doesn't believe that's the case.
"I'm gonna pick the best school that fits me," Hamilton explained. "Distance, I can get over it sooner or later. I need to pick the best school for me."
In the end, there is no doubt that whoever the Texas standout chooses, will be getting one of the better athletes in the country.
"I'm a hard worker, I play hard all the time," Hamilton concluded. "I'm a warrior on the field."