Luke Fickell’s move from Cincinnati to Wisconsin is already making an impact on Kentucky’s recruiting efforts.
With the Bearcats’ head coach on the move, there is suddenly a group of talented prospects within close proximity of Lexington that could be reevaluating their options. Class of 2023 prospects such as four-star linebacker Trevor Carter, three-star safety Amare Snowden, and three-star tight end Khamari Anderson have already reopened their recruitments (Carter is still committed to Cincinnati but posted to Twitter this week that his recruitment is “100% open”) following the news of Fickell’s departure.
On Wednesday, another name was added to the list of former Cincinnati pledges: four-star safety Braedyn Moore, who decommitted from the Bearcats this morning. The 6-foot-1, 190 prospect out of Hamilton, OH had been committed to UC since April. He’s considered the nation’s No. 354th-best high school senior, per the On3 Consensus.
While it’s still very early in the process, one of the schools that have reached out to Moore is the Kentucky Wildcats. It was first reported by Mick Walker of 247Sports that Moore has already heard from the likes of West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Kentucky in the runup to his decommitment from Cincinnati. Moore later confirmed with KSR that he’s been in recent contact with the ‘Cats.
Kentucky was not one of the schools heavily involved with Moore’s recruitment the first time around. He initially chose Cincinnati out of a top 8 that consisted of Boston College, West Virginia, Minnesota, Pitt, Illinois, Duke, and Indiana, along with the Bearcats. That being said, he did visit announce a visit to Lexington back in April for UK’s annual Blue-White Game and is hearing from the ‘Cats once again.
This recruitment could be one to keep a close eye on.