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A late addition to UK’s 2019 signing class is now getting first-team reps

University of Kentucky associate head coach Vince Marrow dropped a nugget about the Wildcats’ secondary following Tuesday’s practice.

MJ Devonshire, a true freshman whom Marrow recruited, is “running with the ones” in fall camp right now. Devonshire, a 5-foot-11, 174-pound cornerback out of Aliquippa, Pa., was a four-star prospect according to Rivals.

“It ain’t by default,” Marrow said of the work ethic Devonshire has displayed early in Lexington. “He’s a coach’s kid, he’s a tough kid.”

Marrow also noted safety Moses Douglass, another 2019 signee who’s the son of former Wildcat Maurice Douglass, when assessing the value of being a coach’s son. Douglass also could see the field for as part of the secondary’s youth movement.

“Them guys come in with a different swag, and they come in knowing that it’s business,” Marrow said. “Some things that you see other kids may do off the field, they won’t do, because probably of who their fathers were.”

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Devonshire was named the 2019 Male Athlete of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He signed with the Wildcats in the regular signing period in February over Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

Marrow’s takeover of Louisville-area recruiting caused that to be more of a focus last year, but he kept tabs on Devonshire. When he got past the early signing period without a commitment elsewhere, Marrow pushed harder for his services.

“I think once he came down here and once his family seen the atmosphere and everything out here about Kentucky, it blew them away,” Marrow said of a January visit. “They knew nothing about Kentucky and when they came; they were sold, his mom and dad.

“Devonshire could have went to Ohio State, could have went to a lot of places. I really do think we got, not a steal, I just think we got a really solid player. I really do.”

Josh Moore is in his first year covering the University of Kentucky football team and in his fifth year reporting for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore, a Martin County native, graduated from UK with a B.A. in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He’s a huge fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and country music.