UK Recruiting

Tallying the damage from Kentucky's decommitments

St. Edward running back Andrew Dowell runs away from Wayne defensive back Richard Carpenter in the second quarter. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer) December 6, 2014 at Ohio Stadium
St. Edward running back Andrew Dowell runs away from Wayne defensive back Richard Carpenter in the second quarter. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer) December 6, 2014 at Ohio Stadium The Plain Dealer

Kentucky's recruiting class of 2014 was impacted by just one "decommitment": Offensive lineman Derrick Kelly, who ultimately flipped his pledge to Florida State.

The decommitment bug bit hard during the 2015 cycle.

A combination of six straight losses to end the season, heavy competition from more established programs and other variables led to a total of nine players flipping their commitments from UK to other schools.

Here's a look at where those prospects ended up on national signing day:

Montrell Custis: The cornerback from Georgia was UK's first commitment for the class of 2015, pledging to the Cats on Nov. 10, 2013. He decommitted and picked Alabama a few months later, but the Tide ran out of room for Custis in their recruiting class. He signed with Ole Miss instead.

Jeremiah Dinson: The cornerback from Florida backed out of his UK commitment last week and signed with Auburn on Wednesday.

Andrew and David Dowell: The twin brothers from Ohio were two of UK's highest-ranked commitments until they unexpectedly flipped to Michigan State last week. Both players are considered four-star defensive backs by Rivals.com.

Darius Fullwood: The defensive end from the Washington, D.C., area announced for UK in a joint ceremony with Jabari Greenwood in June. He committed to Virginia Tech three months later and signed with the Hokies on Wednesday. Rivals.com ranks him as a four-star prospect.

DaVon Hamilton: The defensive tackle from Ohio flipped his commitment from Pittsburgh to UK during the 2014 season, then flipped again to Ohio State after receiving a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes last week.

Tyrone Riley: The defensive end from Georgia flipped his commitment to North Carolina State last week.

Jason Strowbridge: The defensive end from Florida was committed to UK for more than four months before he flipped to North Carolina on Monday.

Alex Stump: The wide receiver from Ohio committed to Kentucky on Derby Day, later earned a scholarship offer from Ohio State, then flipped to the Buckeyes in October. Rivals ranks him as one of the top 50 receivers in the class.

Offensive linemen Luke Hiers and Larry Wells were also committed to Kentucky during the 2015 recruiting cycle, though both of those players lost their scholarship offers to UK over the course of last season. Hiers signed with Central Florida on Wednesday, while Wells signed with Purdue.

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