An immediate follow-up visit from a couple of assistant coaches turned into a big recruiting victory for the University of Kentucky football program.
Three-star cornerback Chris Westry flipped his commitment from Auburn to UK after meeting with Wildcats assistants Jimmy Brumbaugh and Derrick Ansley on Tuesday, just a couple of days after wrapping up his official visit to Lexington.
Oakleaf (Fla.) Coach Derek Chipoletti told the Herald-Leader that Westry and his mother had a "great time" on the trip to Kentucky over the weekend.
"It boiled down to feeling very comfortable with the players he visited with, and obviously the coaches," Chipoletti said. "He saw what he needed on his end, and his mom made the trip with him and she got all of the answers she was looking for.
"Just feeling comfortable with an established defensive staff was big for him."
Westry had been committed to Auburn since July, but that program has gone through a defensive coaching change since the end of the season that included former Florida coach Will Muschamp coming in as the Tigers' new defensive coordinator.
Chipoletti said Brumbaugh — UK's defensive line coach — stayed in contact with Westry throughout the season and it was that relationship that gave the Cats an advantage when the changes happened at Auburn.
Westry's coach said he does not plan on taking any other recruiting visits between now and national signing day in two weeks.
"He's a solid kid and he understands what a commitment means," Chipoletti said. "He committed to Auburn early, and it was because he had built a relationship with their coaching staff. And when that change happens — nothing against Coach Muschamp and the guys they brought in — but when that change happens it kind of opened the door back up to other recruiting."
All of the major recruiting services consider Westry as a three-star prospect, and Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 73 cornerback in the class of 2015 in its most recent update. (Those rankings will be finalized later this week.)
The attribute that most attracted college recruiters to Westry is his size.
The new UK commitment is 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds with tremendous length for a defensive back. Chipoletti said his player runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and UK recruited him to play the cornerback and nickel back positions.
Westry is the sixth defensive back and 18th overall commitment for UK's class of 2015.
"With all of those big receivers you see in the SEC week in and week out, I think you do need to have some length and some height in the defensive backfield," Chipoletti said. "And that's what made Chris very intriguing to a lot of teams. He can run and he can cover and he can do a lot of things. And he's 6-4.
"Football is a lot about matchups. And I think he's going to give Kentucky the availability to match up with some of those bigger receivers they see in the SEC."