Minnesota linebacker De'Niro Laster announced Friday that he has committed to the University of Kentucky.
Laster — a 6-foot-4, 226-pound player — is visiting Lexington this weekend and had already made known his intentions to transfer after spending the past two years at Minnesota.
UK's coaches recruited Laster as a high school prospect out of Cleveland Heights in Ohio, the same program that produced sophomore wide receiver Dorian Baker.
Rivals.com ranked Laster as the No. 35 outside linebacker nationally and the No. 34 prospect from Ohio in the class of 2013.
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He sat out the 2013 season as a redshirt, then made his debut for the Golden Gophers in 2014 — playing in nine games and registering seven tackles. Laster also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last season.
This is the fourth player originally from Ohio that UK has secured as a transfer in recent months.
Former Nebraska players Greg Hart and Courtney Love transferred to UK last December and enrolled for the spring semester. Ohio State offensive lineman Marcelys Jones announced last month that he will join the Wildcats as a transfer this fall.
Laster likely will have to sit out the upcoming season, in which case he would first be eligible to play for UK in 2016.