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3-star LB K.D. McDaniel becomes Kentucky’s latest Peach State pickup

K.D. McDaniel

Under coach Mark Stoops, Kentucky is noted for bringing in talent from Ohio. But with the latest addition to the Wildcats’ 2019 recruiting class, they’re again extending their reach farther to the south.

Three-star linebacker K.D. McDaniel committed to the Wildcats on Monday night, announcing his decision on Twitter.

McDaniel (6 feet 2, 222) plays for Tifton (Ga.) Tift County, in south-central Georgia. He chose Kentucky over, among others, South Carolina and UCF. He becomes the second member of the Wildcats’ 2019 class, joining four-star safety Keontra Smith from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna.

McDaniel continues a recent Kentucky trend of recruiting success among players from Florida or Georgia. The 2018 signing class included nine prospects from Florida and two from Georgia, compared to just two combined signees from those states as recently as the 2016 class.

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