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UK football lands commitment from another highly touted defensive end

UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is listed as the primary recruiter for defensive lineman Jordan Wright.
UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran is listed as the primary recruiter for defensive lineman Jordan Wright. Ken Weaver

The success on the football recruiting trail continues for Kentucky, which landed a commitment Wednesday from three-star defensive end Jordan Wright.

Wright — a 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is the Wildcats’ seventh commitment this month and the 21st pledge for the recruiting class of 2017.

247Sports ranks Wright as the No. 21 weakside defensive end in the 2017 class.

During his recruitment, Wright had reported scholarship offers from national powers Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Louisiana State, Michigan, Oklahoma and Southern Cal, but most of those schools hadn’t pursued him in recent weeks.

Arkansas recently emerged as the Wildcats’ top competition for Wright, who took an official visit to Fayetteville earlier this month. He took his official visit to UK in September during the weekend of the home victory over South Carolina.

Wright — also a standout high school basketball player — spoke on the phone with Coach John Calipari earlier this year about possibly joining the Wildcats’ basketball team as a walk-on should he commit to Mark Stoops’ program, but it now sounds as if Wright is likely to play only football at Kentucky.

He’s the third defensive end this month to commit to the Cats, joining four-star prospect Joshua Paschal and three-star recruit Chris Whittaker. UK also received earlier commitments from three-star defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna and three-star defensive lineman Phil Hoskins.

Wright is also the seventh player from Florida to join UK’s class, one more than the six commitments that the Cats have from Ohio. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was Wright’s primary recruiter.

Kentucky now has the No. 20 recruiting class nationally, according to Rivals.com, jumping league foes Mississippi State and Florida with Wright’s commitment.

UK football commitments for the class of 2017

Player

Pos

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rivals

Scout

ESPN

247

Tyrell Ajian

DB

6-1

185

Mansfield, Ohio

****

***

****

****

Josh Ali

WR

6-0

175

Hollywood, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Quinton Bohanna

DT

6-4

300

Cordova, Tenn.

***

***

***

***

Danny Clark

QB

6-4

230

Akron, Ohio

***

****

****

***

Jamin Davis

LB

6-2

190

Ludwici, Ga.

***

***

***

***

Sebastien Dolcine

OL

6-4

285

Hollywood, Fla.

**

**

***

**

Cedrick Dort

CB

6-1

165

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

**

***

***

***

Austin Dotson

OL

6-6

290

Belfry, Ky.

**

**

***

***

Isaiah Epps

WR

6-3

185

Jenks, Okla.

***

***

Phil Hoskins

DL

6-5

275

Toldeo, Ohio

***

***

***

***

Alex King

LB

6-3

225

Mason, Ohio

***

***

***

***

Lonnie Johnson

DB

6-3

205

Gary, Ind.

***

***

***

***

Bryant Koback

RB

5-11

190

Holland, Ohio

***

***

***

***

Michael Nesbitt

DB

6-0

175

Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Joshua Paschal

DE

6-4

255

Olney, Md.

****

****

****

****

JaVonte Richardson

WR

6-4

210

Maple Heights, Ohio

****

****

****

****

Clevan Thomas

WR

6-0

190

Pembroke Pines, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Naasir Watkins

OL

6-5

300

Olney, Md.

***

**

***

***

Chris Whittaker

DE

6-4

250

Hollywood, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Walker Wood

QB

6-0

190

Lexington, Ky.

***

***

***

***

Jordan Wright

DE

6-5

230

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

***

***

***

***

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