The Kentucky Wildcats just wrapped up a great 2016 signing class, but they've made a late addition in the form of a big-time transfer.
Michigan Wolverines receiver/defensive back Brian Cole is leaving the program, and UK will be his next destination, according to Justin Rowland.
Cole will have at least three years, will sit out 2016 season. Could be WR or DB. Ton of praise at safety during Michigan's bowl prep.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 7, 2016
.@vincemarrow did a great job getting Cole to Kentucky. Once again. The impact he's had on the class (& roster) is unprecedented.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) February 7, 2016
Cole, a former Under Armour All-America Game selection, hails from Heritage High School in Saginaw, Michigan. His final list of schools in consideration included Michigan State, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Nebraska before pledging to the Wolverines.
The former Saginaw (MI) Heritage star was the No. 1 ranked player in the state for the class of 2015 and committed to Michigan under Brady Hoke. Cole saw time in three separate games this past season, with one coming at wide receiver and two coming on special teams.
Landing highly-touted transfers is something Mark Stoops has annually done since coming to Lexington. Courtney Love, Braylon Heard, Marcelys Jones and Greg Hart are just some of the transfers that have come to UK under Stoops.
It's unclear what Cole's situation is and why he's leaving Michigan, but this is still a big get for UK, though Cole will likely have to sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He played sparingly in 2015, but enough that he's considered a true sophomore going into 2016, but a redshirt could help him become a redshirt sophomore for the 2017 season.