Kentucky has been busy with the transfer portal this offseason. The Wildcats have added seven Power Five transfers since the end of last season. However, the program has also seen nine scholarship players enter and stay in the portal.
Former class of 2018 three-star signee Nick Lewis is heading to the Fun Belt.
Per both his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Lewis has joined former teammate Akeem Hayes at Arkansas State to play for new head coach Butch Jones. The Red Wolves are beginning a new era in the Sun Belt West, and Lewis will look to push for playing time.
An alum of Jacksonville (Fla.) The Bolles School, Lewis was a high school teammate of first-round pick Mac Jones. After committing to play for Mike Leach at Washington State, Kentucky and Vince Marrow were able to flip Lewis prior to national signing day. The 6-foot-9 offensive tackle lost a bunch of weight during his three years in Lexington and was down to a slim 320 pounds this past season.
Lewis will head to Jonesboro as a redshirt junior with two years of eligibility and the optional COVID-19 year available to him. While in Lexington, Lewis played in 19 games and participated mainly on special teams. This becomes the 11th player in the class of 2018 to enter the portal. Only Terry Wilson reached his senior season in Lexington. Seven of those transfers hailed from the state of Florida as the program struggled to develop players from the Sunshine State.
Currently, former wide receiver Bryce Oliver is the only player in the portal without a home for next season. However, there is still time to find a future school. The portal truly never sleeps.
Here is where all of the former Wildcats have landed to this point:
— Allen Dailey Jr., South Alabama
— Qua Mahone, Temple
— Jamari Brown, Purdue
— Akeem Hayes, Arkansas State
— Nik Ognenovic, Akron
— Terry Wilson, New Mexico
— M.J. Devonshire, Pittsburgh