By Will Marshall and Hank Rippetoe
Denzeil Ware LB/DE
Crestview High School
Denzeil Ware presented several schools with some drama and frustration including Kentucky. His timeline reads like a roadmap, but the end, he chose Kentucky after de-committing from Kentucky. Going back to July 1st 2012, he named Florida State as his leader. On August 21st 2012, he named Alabama as his leader. On September 2nd, he committed to Florida State. Kentucky offered on January 15th 2013. Ware de-committed from Florida St. on February 5th and committed to Kentucky on February 12th. Take a breath. He de-committed from Kentucky on April 9th and announced that he would be committing to Florida.
Apparently, Florida never came forth with a committable offer for Ware. On June 9th, he came to Lexington to attend a UK camp and committed on the same day. Kentucky is very fortunate to get Ware’s commitment because he drew interest from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Texas and Southern Cal among others. D.J. Eliot and Jimmy Brumbaugh were his recruiters, but coming to camp sealed the deal.
He is the Orlando Sentinel’s 60th ranked player in Florida and is 6’3" and 220 pounds. Ware’s scouting service rankings have fluctuated quite a bit in the last year. He’s a bit undersized for defensive end in the tradition 4-3 base defense that Stoops runs, but his explosiveness at the snap level the playing ground. He’ll also inevitably put on weight like sophomore Jason Hatcher who also was a bit undersized for a collegiate defensive end out of high school. I like how Ware reads how the offensive line blocks in his highlight tape to help him sniff out plays. This speaks well to his understanding of the game. At the end of the day, his measurements make it possible that UK could try him out at linebacker at some point. Luckily they can afford to with the current depth at defensive end. Ware may be a redshirt candidate given the depth at the defensive end positions.