It is fair to say that it is not every weekend when the Kentucky Wildcats pick up the commitments of three top-375 recruits. That is what happened this last weekend, however, as Mark Stoops’ squad was bolstered by class of 2022 recruits the Wade twins (Keaten and Destin), along with the highly recruited Kiyaunta Goodwin.
By Steve Wright
Goodwin is the more interesting player to start with as the Wildcats were able to wrangle him away from schools with offers on the table such as Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson. The 6-foot-7, 300-pounder is a cornerstone left tackle for Stoops to build his offensive line around. The Charlestown (Charlestown, IN) High School prospect is the No. 54 player in the entire class, the No. 6 offensive tackle, and the No. 2 player from Indiana per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
It is easy to see in his video below how physical and intense Goodwin is with his play. He is an explosive blocker and a player who finishes his blocking assignments in a dominant fashion. His foot speed and foot coordination is already at a high level and when his hand speed catches up, he will become one of the best linemen in the league.
The Wade twins are a huge get for the ‘Cats out of Summit (Spring Hill, TN) High school. The ability to cross state lines and grab a pair of 4-star recruits from the clutches of the Vols is huge for the program.
Keaten is a 6-foot-4, 223 pound outside linebacker. He is the No. 185 prospect in the class nationally, the No 14 outside ‘backer, and the No. 4 player in Tennessee. Having played in just three games last season, his junior year highlights are short, but even in a small sample it is clear that Keaten is a pass rushing force and a linebacker with the versatility to excel at the college level.
Destin was more productive than his brother last season, but he is ranked lower overall as he will likely have to transition from quarterback to a different position in college. The No. 353 recruit nationally, the No. 24 athlete, and the No. 13 player in Tennessee, Destin rushed for over 1,500 yards, passed for almost 1,400 and scored 37 touchdowns. His video shows his quickness and ability to be elusive – thanks to his incredible agility – and his call skills and instincts suggest that Destin will be a success whatever position he finds himself in with the Wildcats.