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Kentucky adds 2018 WR Manny Harper as preferred walk-on

Manny Harper

Wide receiver Manny Harper won’t be a part of Kentucky’s 2018 recruiting class, but he still could play for the Wildcats in the future.

Harper announced Tuesday night on Twitter that he has committed to Kentucky as a preferred walk-on.

“I want to start off by giving my thanks to God for putting me in the position I am in today and without him none of this would be possible,” Harper wrote. “I thank God for all of my blessings and accomplishments. Secondly, I would like to thank my parents for giving everything they have for me to make it to college. They molded me into the man I am today and provided for me when they didn’t have the means at some times. I want to thank them for their support throughout my life. I want to thank my Grandma Belinda for always providing for me when I needed her most! Next, I want to thank Coach Johnson for being my coach these past 3 years and pushing me to be the best player everyday. I would like to thank my trainer Chris Vaughn and everyone involved with Aspirations for molding me physically and mentally to compete at a high level against the top talent in the country day in and day out.

“Lastly, thank you to all my supporters, teachers, and friends for always believing in me! Thanks to all the coaches who recruited me and gave me the opportunity to play for their team! I was overwhelmed by the academics and athletics at the institution and I can see myself there in the future. It is also 15 minutes from my older brother in Georgetown! With that being said I am committing to the UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY #BBN!!!”

Harper, from Louisville (Ky.) Waggener Traditional, chose the Wildcats despite offers from Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky and Murray State. Louisville, Navy and Ivy League schools also have shown interest.

Harper, though, is still expected to receive aid if he ultimately does play for Kentucky, only on a full academic scholarship instead. He made that announcement Aug. 30, when he also revealed he had been offered a preferred walk-on spot.

Harper, who is 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, does not have a have a 247Sports Composite ranking, though that could change at some point.

Though Harper’s not officially included, Kentucky has 18 commitments in its 2018 recruiting class. Among them include three-star wide receivers Marvin Alexander and Akeem Hayes.

According to 247Sports, Kentucky’s class currently ranks No. 20 in the nation and No. 7 in the SEC.

(You can follow Kevin Connell on Twitter @_KevinConnell)

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