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Thaddeus Snodgrass leaving Kentucky Wildcats Football

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A former four-star recruit, Thaddeus Snodgrass is no longer part of the Kentucky football program.

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The Kentucky Wildcats will be losing one of the most highly-touted recruits of the Mark Stoops era.

According to Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader, redshirt freshman wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass is leaving the program. A former four-star prospect by all the national recruiting services, Snodgrass was viewed as a big-time pickup by Stoops and his staff when they got the Springfield (Ohio) High School product. Rivals.com ranked him No. 13 in the state of Ohio after he caught 29 passes for 535 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2013.

Snodgrass joined UK in 2014 before redshirting, and he's rarely seen the field this season while failing to catch a pass. This is an unfortunate development, but this isn't exactly a great situation for Snodgrass with him being so far down in the pecking order at receiver. It also doesn't help that there's no reason to see him playing soon with Garrett Johnson, Blake Bone, Jeff Badet, Alex Montgomery, and Dorian Baker all being sophomores. Those five are getting the bulk of the snaps while Ryan Timmons, Charles Walker and T.V. Williams get some snaps here and there as well.

It's just a numbers game, and Snodgrass thinks he'll have better odds of playing at another program.