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University of Cincinnati quarterback intends to transfer to Kentucky

University of Cincinnati quarterback Luke Wright announced Friday that he plans to transfer to Kentucky for the 2016 season.

Wright — a 6-foot-4 player from Atlanta, Ga. — was a redshirt freshman for the Bearcats this past season. He came to Cincinnati as a preferred walk-on and did not have a star ranking in the recruiting class of 2014.

In four appearances with the Bearcats during the 2015 season, Wright completed one of three pass attempts and rushed twice for three yards. He will follow former Cincinnati offensive assistant coaches Eddie Gran and Darin Hinshaw, who were recently hired by Kentucky.

Wright will have to sit out the 2016 season as a transfer and will have two seasons of eligibility after that.

Sophomore Drew Barker will be UK’s only returning scholarship quarterback next season after the recent departures of Patrick Towles and Reese Phillips. The Cats will also bring in true freshman QB Gunnar Hoak, who will enroll this month and join the team for spring practice.

Kentucky is also considered the favorite to land two-star junior-college quarterback Stephen Johnson, who is expected to be in Lexington for an official visit next week.

Quarterback Davis Mattingly is also on UK’s roster as a preferred walk-on.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats