Kentucky will be in a fight to keep its lone 2019 commitment. Four-star safety Keontra Smith committed to the Wildcats in June, but Smith called his recent offer from hometown Miami a “game changer.”
“[Miami] was the dream school,” Smith told David Wilson of our sister site DieHards.com. “I was waiting on that offer since I was a freshman. It’s a game changer. I’m still committed, but I would like to enjoy the process. But most definitely Miami goes up to top 3, I’d say.”
Smith, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, is the 11th-ranked safety in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s the No. 32 prospect in Florida and a top 200 national prospect.
Smith has received offers from Miami, Alabama, Penn State, Michigan and Nebraska since committing to Kentucky. He holds 18 offers.
The Hollywood, Fla., native attends Chaminade-Madonna High School. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has a pipeline flowing from the South Florida school to Lexington, Ky. Sophomore receiver Josh Ali and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Chris Whittaker were 2017 Kentucky signees from Chaminade-Madonna.
Three more Chaminade-Madonna prospects signed with Kentucky in 2018: receivers Marvin Alexander and Akeem Hayes along with defensive end Davoan Hawkins.
Smith could be Kentucky’s sixth signee from Chaminade-Madonna in the last three classes, but there’s a long way to go. He called himself a “UM kid.”
“He’s a dynamic player on both sides of the ball,” Chaminade-Madonna coach Dameon Jones told SEC Country last summer. “He’s a freak athlete. Great kid, great character, just a tremendous player on both sides of the ball.”