South Carolina high school kicker Chance Poore committed to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday.
Poore — a 6-foot-3, 200-pound specialist from Anderson, S.C. — was the Wildcats’ top priority at the position as they searched for a replacement for Austin MacGinnis, the current starter who will be a senior this season.
As a junior last fall, Poore was 6-for-12 on field goals with a long of 48, made 42 of 44 extra-point attempts and had 63 percent of his kickoffs go for touchbacks. He also punts for his high school team.
UK extended a scholarship offer to Poore last month after new special teams coordinator Dean Hood visited his hometown to watch him kick in person. He was expected to get several more high-level scholarship offers had he kept his recruitment open, but Poore decided to end it early and commit to the Cats.
Kentucky now has 10 commitments for the class of 2018, and Coach Mark Stoops is putting together another group that should threaten for a top-25 national ranking.
Rivals.com currently ranks the Cats’ class at No. 22 nationally.