Shawnkel Knight-Goff’s pledge to Kentucky didn’t last long. The 3-star defensive end prospect from Louisville announced Thursday night that he is reopening his recruitment, just 13 days after announcing his commitment to the in-state Wildcats.
“I would like to gracefully thank University Of Kentucky for their efforts in recruiting me,” Knight-Goff wrote in a tweet. “University of Kentucky is a great school. I feel as if my commitment was rushed and not fully thought through and I want to make the best decision for my future. Therefore, I plan to research my decision a little further.
“I’m going to open my recruiting process back up as I continue my search for the college that is best fit for my career and most importantly, my education. Again, thank you Kentucky for your interest.”
Knight-Goff, who attends Doss High School in Louisville, is the eighth-ranked prospect in Kentucky, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s the 598th-ranked player nationally.
He committed to Kentucky on May 18, becoming the second in-state prospect to join the program’s 2019 class. Recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Marrow served as his lead recruiter.
Knight-Goff holds Power 5 offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue and Duke.
Knight-Goff’s decision to de-commit leaves the Wildcats with six commitments in the 2019 class. Kentucky’s class is ranked 11th in the SEC and 42nd nationally, according to the 247Sports composite.
Kentucky football’s 2019 class
- 3-star safety Moses Douglass (Springfield, Ohio)
- 3-star outside linebacker KD McDaniel (Tifton, Ga.)
- 3-star quarterback Nik Scalzo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- 3-star guard Eli Cox (Nicholasville, Ky.)
- 3-star tackle Jake Pope (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- 3-star cornerback Jalen Geiger (Columbia, S.C.)