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Kentucky Flips JUCO Offensive Tackle Anfernee Crease

Nick Roushby:Nick Roush04/15/24

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The spring college football transfer portal opens tomorrow. Kentucky is starting early by adding a junior college transfer to the Big Blue Wall. Anfernee Crease announced on social media he ‘is “100% committed” to the University of Kentucky.

Crease is a 6-foot-8, 310 offensive tackle from Houston. He has three years of eligibility remaining after a stint at Navarro College. Crease initially committed to SMU in April, but was persuaded by Eric Wolford to join the Kentucky offensive line after officially visiting campus for the Blue-White Spring Game. In addition to his trip to Kentucky, he also considered Syracuse and USF. Colorado and UCF also recently extended scholarship offers to Crease.

Before traveling to Lexington, he told Jacob Polacheck of KSR+ that pass blocking is a strength of his game. He was excited when he first got the call from offensive line coach Eric Wolford.

“It’s really a blessing to get that offer and I was really happy,” he said. “It’s my first [Power 5] offer. I couldn’t be any happier. I keep thanking God and my coaches that really helped me.”

Depth at offensive tackle was a primary need for the Kentucky roster this offseason. Only three were on the roster when the season ended: Marques Cox, Courtland Ford and Malachi Wood. Those numbers were even worse when Ford underwent offseason wrist surgery, sidelining him for spring practice.

Kentucky added Tennessee transfer Gerald Mincey during the first transfer portal window. The veteran with extensive history in the SEC started at right tackle during the spring game. Even though Wolford cross-trained a few players at the position, the Wildcats needed more at offensive tackle. Crease provides some much-needed depth from a player who can develop into a contributor over his next three seasons at Kentucky.

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