Paducah athlete always wanted UK

One of Kentucky's biggest needs in this year's recruiting class is wide receiver. The Wildcats visited the far western end of the state to secure a commitment from a receiver.

One of Kentucky's biggest needs in this year's recruiting class is wide receiver. The Wildcats visited the far western end of the state to secure a commitment from a receiver.

Paducah Tilghman (Ky.) athlete Josh Forrest had a good season as a junior. Combine that season with his physical attributes and the Wildcats thought that he was worthy of an offer. "Kentucky was my only offer," said Forrest. "I had another offer from Murray State in basketball," Forrest continued.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver stood out on both sides of the ball last season, leading his school to a state championship. Forrest had 19 catches for 372 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had six interceptions, including three in the state championship game.

Forrest would have great games like that from time to time, but that wasn't an every game happening. "I played good sometimes and sometimes I had off games. But overall I played pretty good (last year)," said Forrest. "I'm just a play-maker. I know how to make things happen," he said.

Forrest knows to play receiver at the next level, he'll have to improve his 4.6 forty time. "I want to get faster. I want to work on my speed and my route running," said Forrest.

The Wildcat staff saw Forrest's potential and chose to tender an offer. For Forrest, it was an easy choice. "I've always liked Kentucky. I wanted to go to Kentucky. I just thought it would be through basketball," he said.

Forrest is an All-Region basketball player as well and during his freshman and sophomore years, he focused more on the hardwood. "I played (football) all the way up through middle school. I didn't play my freshman and sophomore year. This was my first year playing varsity," he said.

Josh Forrest is Kentucky's fifth commitment for the 2011 class and the second wide receiver.



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