UK Recruiting

Kentucky an easy choice for Henderson lineman Wolfe

Mason Wolfe
said his 
relationship with UK's coaches was a key factor.
Mason Wolfe said his relationship with UK's coaches was a key factor.

Mason Wolfe says that North Carolina State and Louisville were each showing ample recruiting interest in him last spring.

Yet rather than explore the full range of his options, the Henderson County offensive lineman shut down his recruiting early by committing to Kentucky in April.

"Kentucky was where I had the best relationship with the coaches," Wolfe said Tuesday. "And, it's more or less home. It just felt right."

In what will be remembered as the year of the "flip" in Kentucky football recruiting, Wolfe stayed true to his early commitment to the Wildcats.

He sent his scholarship papers to UK on Wednesday morning when he got to school, then planned a signing ceremony in the afternoon.

Offensive line was a big priority for Mark Stoops and Co. in the 2015 recruiting class. Henderson County Coach Tony Lewis Sr. thinks the Cats have a good one in Wolfe.

"The prototypical offensive line body," Lewis said. "You're talking 6-foot-6, probably 305 pounds, with long arms and what I call good 'knee bend.' He's got good hips and great 'knee bend' for such a tall kid."

Lewis expects Kentucky to redshirt Wolfe.

"He's actually young for his class, so if I had to guess, I'd say UK will probably redshirt him," the Henderson County coach said. "That would give him another year in a college weight program, another year of training tables, and I think really help him."

Wolfe said UK recruited him for the offensive line "but they haven't specified where (he would play). I've always been a tackle and I certainly would not mind staying at tackle, but I'll play where they ask me to play."

One thing Wolfe is hoping to pin down is his jersey number as a Kentucky Wildcat.

"I've asked for 77," he said, "since the guy who wore it last year is gone."

That guy was Darrian Miller, the Bryan Station product who was a three-year starter for UK at left tackle.

For Wolfe, that would not be a bad legacy to aspire to.

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