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Receivers Demontae Crumes of Louisville, above, and Demarcus Harris of Florida understood the value of committing to UK early. (Louisville Butler Photo) Receivers Demontae Crumes of Louisville, above, and Demarcus Harris of Florida understood the value of committing to UK early. (Louisville Butler Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT
Receivers seem to understand that Kentucky has specific needs for its 2019 recruiting class.

Vero Beach (Fla.) receiver Demarcus Harris joined Louisville Butler receiver Demontae Crumes in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class last week — and it was no surprise to CatsPause247 recruiting analyst Josh Edwards.

“There are a lot of schools that receive commitments soon after offering but that is not common for Kentucky with out-of-state players,” said Edwards. “Harris landed an offer from Kentucky in the second half of June and it did not take long for him to commit.

“Kentucky is not looking to take many wide receivers in this recruiting class, so he probably felt the crunch on his spot but he thoroughly enjoyed his visit and the opportunities that are available to him in Lexington.”

The 6-2, 180-pound Harris had other Southeastern Conference offers as well as ACC offers. He had 43 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017 after making 20 catches for 220 yards and two scores in 2016. That means in two years, he’s averages 19.4 yards per reception.

“Kentucky has had a very unbalanced roster in terms of the wide receiver position. They have a few classes loaded at the position but it is not evenly distributed, so this commitment allows the staff to start leveling out the roster,” Edwards said.

“He is a big body receiver that is deceptively fast. The coaching staff is looking for a combination of length and athleticism and Harris falls into that mold.”

Harris had a little bit different way of announcing his college choice. He wrote a blog post for tcpalm.com announcing that he had verbally committed to Kentucky. Others often take to Twitter to make their commitment, but he went much more in depth to explain his reasoning for picking the Wildcats.
Here’s part of what he wrote that impressed me the most:

“For me, playing football and going to college goes hand in hand. To be able to get a free education and play the sport you love is a win-win. I’ve visited a lot of schools the past few months. The thing I value most in a college is the academics —  I plan to major in sports management. My parents have been preaching to me about going to college since I was in the eighth grade and I understand how important a college education is. I also factored in the love that the school showed and whether I feel comfortable or not.”

Kentucky lost a big personality when Stoops did not retain receivers coach Lamar Thomas after last season. However, both Harris and Crumes mentioned their relationship with new receivers coach Michael Smith as a big reason they picked Kentucky.

Harris wrote that Smith “seemed like my dad” and it was like he knew him even before he got to Kentucky.

“He is a great guy. We have a really strong bond,” Crumes said of Smith. “He’s really cool. He could be goofy or just like one of us. Coach (Vince) Marrow was also really good with me. They just combined to make me really good and that Kentucky is where I am meant to be.”

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