Perhaps lost amid Kentucky's encouraging performance yesterday, red zone execution aside, the Wildcats received their 14th commitment from cornerback Jeremiah Dinson. The 6'0'' 165 pound Florida native reportedly chose Kentucky over fellow SEC member Arkansas.This makes the third defensive back to commit to UK in this cycle, and a quick glance at their measurables displays the emphasis UK is putting on signing taller defensive backs. UK will probably look to add at least two more - with at least one being a safety - before all is said and done.
Highlight Tape Impressions
Dinson's highlight tapes displays the three qualities cornerbacks need to have in order to play at Kentucky, according to previous statements by the coaches. First, he can play man coverage as shown by how his his high school teams appears to leave him on an island without any safety support at times. When the receiver does a double move he isn't fooled and stays in his hip pocket.
Second, he plays the ball well in the "deep third" of the field, and also goes up for it at its highest point and makes the play. This phase of his game appears instinctive. Third, he shows a willingness to attack the run. Many of the tackles in his highlight tape won't be effective at the next level, but it's important to see he is willing to attack the ball carrier, and doesn't pump the brakes just prior to contact. The added bulk and technique will come after some time at UK. He also looks to have long arms which is a nice attribute to have when you play defensive back.
This isn't a prospect who is highly rated or had that many claimed offers, but Mark Stoops gets the benefit of the doubt on his recruits. Especially if those recruits are defensive backs given his long time coaching that position. If Dinson's senior season goes well he could be that attracts more offers, and UK has had a history of struggling to hold onto Florida commits into signing day.