It was another eventful afternoon for the University of Kentucky football staff Friday, when the Cats lost one commitment only to pick up another a few minutes later.
Three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson is the newest UK commitment after announcing his pledge to the Wildcats during a ceremony at a local church in South Carolina.
The Cats lost a commitment from three-star defensive end Tyrone Riley, who flipped to North Carolina State earlier in the day.
Richardson had been a top priority at wide receiver for months, and he said throughout his recruitment that Kentucky was the favorite. The 6-foot-3 prospect made the trip to Lexington several times in the past year before coming back to town last weekend for his official visit.
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He ultimately chose UK over Central Florida, though Louisville, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and others had extended scholarship offers.
Wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord was Richardson's primary recruiter, and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson also visited with him multiple times in the past few weeks.
Richardson joins Washington, D.C., standout Jabari Greenwood as the second wide receiver in UK's class of 2015. All four major recruiting services rank both players as three-star prospects.
ESPN ranks Richardson as the No. 72 wide receiver in the senior class.
UK remains in the mix for at least three other wide receivers in the class of 2015: Therrell Gosier and Kayaune Ross, who are expected to take official visits to Lexington this weekend, and A.D. Miller, who will ultimately choose among Kentucky, Oklahoma and California.
Miller is visiting Oklahoma this weekend and was in Lexington last month.
All three of those players are 6-4 or taller.
Kentucky now has 15 commitments — plus two incoming transfers — for the class of 2015, and several more recruits are expected to be added between now and national signing day on Wednesday.
UK's class is now tied for No. 48 in the country, according to the Rivals.com rankings.