After missing out on Aamil Wagner, Kentucky wasted no time looking for a new offensive lineman.
A little over an hour after Wagner shocked us all and chose Notre Dame over the Wildcats, UK associate head coach Vince Marrow went out and offered Jalen Klemm. A 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle from Gibsonia, PA, Klemm also holds offers from the likes of Kansas State, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State, NC State, Vanderbilt, and a few others.
Klemm, who plays at Pine-Richland High School (PA), is the son of former NFL lineman and current Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach, Adrian Klemm.
The only outlet with a star rating for Klemm is 247Sports, which lists him as a three-star prospect, the 52nd best offensive lineman in his class, and the 19th best player from the state of Pennsylvania. He surely isn’t the caliber of talent that the four-star Wagner is, but Klemm’s offer sheet shows he’s a valuable recruit. That doesn’t make the sting of missing out on Wagner any less difficult for Marrow and company, though.
Kentucky’s 2022 offensive class remains incredibly solid with five-star Kiyaunta Goodwin, four-star Grant Bingham, and three-star Nikolas Hall. Adding Wagner could have made it the best in the country, but now UK will look to regroup.
Priority number one will be holding onto Goodwin’s commitment. Next will be finding a legitimate replacement for the role Wagner was supposed to fill. Offering Klemm appears to be the staff’s first step at figuring out who that could be.