Four months ago, high school football standout Kordell Looney picked up his first major scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.
Six weeks after that, he committed to the Wildcats.
Though his offer sheet didn't reflect it, Looney was a prospect — in the eyes of UK's coaches — that had plenty of Southeastern Conference potential.
He's been making those coaches look pretty good since.
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The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle from Springfield, Ohio, participated at a major camp in Columbus this month and was one of the standouts.
"He was very quick off the ball. Very aggressive," Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu told the Herald-Leader. "We saw a much more explosive kid. We saw a much more confident kid."
Dave Berk, another Scout.com analyst who covers Looney's area of Ohio, commented to Trieu at one point that it was the best he had ever seen Looney play.
That's not always the case with recent commitments.
Trieu said some kids come into camps fresh off a college pledge and are extra careful not to get exposed. Others — like Looney — go in secure with the knowledge that they have a spot at a school they like, and they step up their game as a result.
"You like to see guys like Kordell, who take the challenge on, rather than step back and not take as many reps," Trieu said. "He kept getting out there, and he kept taking reps, and he kept beating whoever they put in front of him.
"He definitely embraced the challenge of having the spotlight on him and having some of the other guys at the camp who are trying to make their name say, 'Hey, I want to go get that guy because he's an SEC commit.' He didn't back away from that at all."
Looney was named one of the top 10 defensive players at the camp, making a list that included Ohio State and Michigan State commitments, as well as fellow UK pledge Jaylin Bannerman.
Looney is considered the No. 46 defensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com, which also ranks him as one of the top 30 prospects from the state of Ohio.
Trieu said he doubts Looney will ever be one of those 330-pounders on the defensive line who overpowers opponents. Instead, he'll rely on his technique, which seems to be improving at a solid rate.
"I think he's always going to be more of an average-sized defensive tackle who's going to win more with his athleticism than through brute strength," Trieu said.
Since that commitment to Kentucky earlier this year, Looney has picked up additional scholarship offers from Louisville and Pittsburgh. Michigan State continues to show interest, and Looney also participated in one of Michigan's recent satellite camps, where he got to meet some of the Wolverines' new coaches.
Kentucky was the first program to reward Looney's potential. UK's coaches hope he remembers that as other suitors show up between now and national signing day.
"To have been out in front of this and to have established the relationship the staff has with him and his family and his high school coaches — I think all of that helps you keep the other schools away once they start extending offers and those recruiting dominoes start to fall," Trieu said.
"UK has seen it in the past couple of years — where you have to recruit your committed guys until signing day. I think having that long-term relationship with a kid like Kordell, that goes a long way when the kid is trying to make some other decisions later in the process."