UK signee Hytchye a versatile athlete who wants to contribute immediately

mstory@herald-leader.comFebruary 6, 2013 

Cincinnati LaSalle cornerback Jaleel Hytchye committed to play football at Kentucky on Saturday. (Photo by Rivals.com)

Jaleel Hytchye, the cornerback from La Salle High School in Cincinnati who was the first high school player to commit to play for Kentucky after Mark Stoops was named head coach, is a remarkably versatile athlete.

In track, Hytchye recently set his high school's all-time record in the 55-meter dash. As a sophomore, he played a key role in a state championship effort for La Salle by running a leg in the 4-by-800 relay.

"We had a chance, we felt, to win the state title and the coach was in a real tough spot whether to pull a senior out of the (4-by-800) relay and go with Jaleel, a sophomore," said La Salle Athletics Director Dan Flynn. "He went with Jaleel, and he came through in a big way. And we won the state championship."

It is extremely rare for an athlete to be versatile enough to excel both as a sprinter and a middle distance runner.

As a football player, the 5-foot-11, 167-pound Hytchye says his big goal before next season at Kentucky is to put on weight without losing any speed.

"I'd like to get up to around 180," Hytchye says.

On his recruiting visit to UK, Hytchye's official host was another cornerback from Ohio, Cody Quinn. Last season, Quinn played well for Kentucky as a true freshman.

Says Hytchye: "I want to try to do exactly what he did. Get a chance to play, and make something out of it."

Mark Story: (859) 231-3230 Twitter: @markcstory Blog: markstory.bloginky.com

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