A pair of recent college-changing decisions could come into play for Kentucky Football.
In recent days, class of 2022 running back Le’Veon Moss has announced his decommitment from Alabama while LSU’s redshirt freshman defensive tackle Eric Taylor put his name into the transfer portal. Why does this matter? Both players have prior connections to the Kentucky coaching staff that could make the Wildcats players in their now-opened recruitments.
Here’s what you need to know about each player.
Le’Veon Moss (Baton Rogue, LA)
4-star – No. 1 RB in class of 2022, according to On3 (6-foot, 190 pounds)
Starting with the high schooler, Le’Veon Moss initially committed to Alabama back in June, but continued to take visits to schools such as Texas A&M, TCU, and Ole Miss in the weeks after that. A little over two months later, he’s back on the market and it would be wise to believe that those three will play a factor in his reopened recruitment. LSU also corralled an official visit from Moss the very first day that recruits were allowed back on campus back on June 1.
I’ve decided that I want to re open my recruitment thank you bama family. I appreciate all the love & support thank you for welcoming me with open arms
Respect my decision ?
All love Alabama family
— Le’Veon Moss (@turnUplevee) August 13, 2021
But Moss has also been in contact with Kentucky as recently as June, when the Wildcats offered him a scholarship offer on June 15. That offer is the last that Moss has announced on his Twitter account. It’s tough to say if the two sides still communicate, but a recent report by Hank South of 247 Sports indicates that Moss would like to schedule a visit to check out the Kentucky campus.
Moss is the type of back who could make an impact from day one. If he was good enough for Alabama, he’s good enough for any program in the country. He’s a multi-sport athlete at Istrouma High School in Louisiana, doubling as a stellar track runner. Moss posted his best 100-meter time of 10.84 as a junior.
For those who like to play the social media game, Moss and Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator Liam Coen follow each other on Twitter.
Eric Taylor (Trussville, AL)
4-star, No. 270 overall recruit in class of 2020, according to 247 Sports (6-foot-4, 280 pounds)
After not seeing a single second of action as a true freshman at LSU in 2020, Eric Taylor took a redshirt year before it was officially reported on August 9 that he had put his name into the transfer portal. He was highly rated out of Hewitt-Trussville High School as a four-star recruit and a top 15 prospect out of the talent-rich state of Alabama. It didn’t work out for him at LSU, but you know what happens to four-star players who don’t mesh in the Bayou? They head to Kentucky, of course.
— NCAA Transfer Portal (@RivalsPortal) August 9, 2021
Kentucky now has two prime examples of this in Kelvin Joseph and Dare Rosenthal. The former went on to hear his name called in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft after one season in Lexington while the latter is hoping to do the same for the 2022 Draft. That connection could absolutely play a role in where Taylor lands next, especially when you consider that the Kentucky staff was on him incredibly hard before he chose LSU.
Before he eventually picked LSU, Taylor made a camp trip to Kentucky and he was near the top of the coaching staff’s big board. There has been no confirmed contact between the two sides as of right now, however, the National Columnist over at Rivals, Mike Farrell, recently wrote that he expects Kentucky, Auburn, Indiana, and Troy to get involved in Taylor’s second recruitment process.
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