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MJ Webb commits to South Carolina Gamecocks

Class of 2017 defensive lineman MJ Webb joins an SEC East team, but unfortunately, it's not UK.

One of the Kentucky Wildcats' top defensive line prospects in 2017 is off the board.

Four-star defensive end MJ Webb has committed to South Carolina, which he announced Friday on Twitter:

Webb, a 6-3, 275-pound lineman out of Morgan County High School (GA), took an unofficial visit to UK back in July and teased a possible commitment coming soon thereafter.

A four-star prospect in just about every recruiting service, Webb is ranked by 247 as the 278th-best prospect in 2017 and 25th-best recruit from Georgia. Among the host of schools to offer Webb include the Michigan WolverinesLouisville Cardinals, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, Ole Miss Rebels and Alabama Crimson Tide among many others.

Leading up to his commitment, it was Georgia, Auburn and South Carolina who were his favorites in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball, but UK was coming on strong with his recruitment following his visit to Lexington.

This is a tough loss for the Cats losing out on an elite prospect to an SEC East rival who they've seemingly passed by, at least in terms of head-to-head matchups over the last two years. If UK is going to continue climbing up the SEC, they're going to need to beat schools like USC for guys like Webb.