Have you ever had the overwhelming feeling that you made the right call on a tough decision in your life?
If so, you have something in common with new Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel.
The Paintsville, Kentucky native, who was rated as a four-star recruit for the 2016 class, decided to stay in his home state and represent the Wildcats.
He probably could have caved to the advances of traditional college football powers, such as Michigan, which were trying to get him to stray from his decision right up until he enrolled in classes at Kentucky in January.
But he didn’t.
After a full semester of college and the experience of his first spring practice under the direction of Mark Stoops‘ coaching staff, Daniel appears to have gained more perspective on if that was the right decision.
He took to Twitter on Thursday to express how he’s feeling heading into his first season as an SEC athlete, virtually penning a letter to be consumed by the fans of the Kentucky football program.
In a lengthy post, Daniel expressed the pride he feels for representing his home state, the desire to be the best player he can possibly be, his thankfulness for his coaches and teammates, and some grand visions for what he wants to accomplish during his time with the team.
“I want to leave the University of Kentucky with a handful of rings, and teammates I can call brothers for the rest of my life,” he wrote. “I’m very excited to get back to campus next week and begin the journey to becoming SEC champions.”
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) June 2, 2016
If you’re a Kentucky fan, this is exactly the kind of thing you want to read from a player that could immediate help the defense. He has yet to play a game for the team, but that type of perspective from an 18-year-old provides hope for the development of a fine leader for the team. Particularly if his on-field skills match the emotions expressed in the letter.
Given the experience he gained through spring practice, the Wildcats are likely to put him to use as a true freshman this fall as they attempt to get over the five-win hump in Stoops’ fourth season in Lexington.