In-state star Middleton commits to Kentucky football

broberts@herald-leader.comJune 15, 2013 

South Warren defensive tackle Adrian Middleton committed to the University of Kentucky on Saturday.

Middleton is considered a three-star prospect and the No. 5 overall player in the state by Rivals.com. He is UK's 18th football commitment for the class of 2014.

UK Coach Mark Stoops immediately "confirmed" Middleton's commitment on his Twitter account.

"It's a beautiful day in Lexington! Give me another YAHTZEE!!!!" Stoops tweeted.

Rivals.com's Justin Rowland said that Middleton's addition will move UK to No. 2 in the Rivals team recruiting rankings, behind only Texas A&M.

Middleton — a 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman — also had offers from Louisville, Missouri, Indiana and Western Kentucky.

He joins Conner quarterback Drew Barker as the only two Kentuckians, so far, in the Wildcats' class. UK is also heavily recruiting John Hardin lineman Matt Elam, who is not expected to make his college announcement until January.

"Must keep the BEST players at home! Great day in My Old Kentucky Home," tweeted offensive coordinator Neal Brown shortly after Middleton's commitment.

Scout.com considers the Bowling Green native the No. 33 defensive tackle in the class of 2014.

Another UK recruiting target — four-star Cincinnati wide receiver Derek Kief — is expected to announce his decision Sunday afternoon. Kief also has scholarship offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame, among others.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.

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