High four-star Tyreese Fearbry made it official on Saturday afternoon when he committed and joined the 2022 Kentucky recruiting class.
This is a big one.
Kentucky now has four top-300 prospects — Kiyaunta Goodwin, Tyreese Fearbry, Keaten Wade, Treyveon Longmire — in the class to go along with 10 other commitments. However, Fearbry is significant.
The top-50 prospect is a long and lean outside pass rusher that is currently rated as the No. 5 EDGE player in the class of 2022. Kentucky needs pass-rushing help, and they seem to have addressed the issue on the recruiting trail.
Now it’s time to head into the KSR Film Room to see what the Pittsburgh native will be bringing to the Kentucky defense.
When recruiting and evaluating an edge rusher you really want to pay attention to one specific thing on tape — how he rushes the passer. Tyreese Fearbry passes the look test.
Coming out of a two-point stance, the 6-foot-5 prospect does a good job with takeoff and turning the corner. Despite being really long, Fearbry dips his right shoulder to give him just enough room to get around the right tackle. The explosion out the stance never allows the tackle to land a punch with his hands and this becomes an immediate win for the defense. The result ends up being a tackle for loss.
There is one thing for certain with Tyreese Fearbry — this is a prospect that has the tools required to develop into a big-time speed rusher off the edge.
However, playing on the edge is just not about pass rushing. Players must be able to hold up at the point of attack to help in run fits. Fearbry needs to put in some sweat equity in the weight room to prepare his body for the physical nature of the game. However, these outside linebackers must also be able to make plays in space.
Tyreese Fearbry has the size, length, and athleticism to do that at the next level.
On the swing pass to the running back, Fearbry does a great job of recognizing the play and flashes some twitchy athleticism. The long strider covers some ground in a hurry and uses his length to record an impressive open-field tackle. Some traits are mighty impressive in this blue-chip prospect.
Off the football field, Fearbry is a standout track athlete. The rising senior posted an 11.63 time in the 100 meters and 23.93 in the 200 meters. That track background shows up on the football field.
The edge rusher gets a great jump on the snap and finishes with the quarterback hit. Fearbry explodes from his stance and flashes some great get-off ability. This gives coaches a lot to get excited about.
There is no denying that Kentucky has some major issues on the perimeter of the defense. The Wildcats currently have just five outside linebackers on the roster and two of them — Marquez Bembry and Jordan Wright — are seniors. The Wildcats had to address the edge.
Mission accomplished to this point.
Both Tyreese Fearbry and Keaten Wade are big-time EDGE prospects who could turn into high-level players in Lexington. Each 2022 recruit has the skillset to play as a true freshman. This was a much-needed recruiting win.
Fearbry must add some weight and strength to compete in the SEC, but the traits he possesses are tantalizing. It’s easy to envision him turning into a big-time player who can address Kentucky’s pass-rushing issues.