The Kentucky Wildcats have scored a Class of 2018 pledge.
On Tuesday, Florida athlete Ashtan Pierre announced his commitment to UK.
Pierre, who hails from Deerfield Beach (FL), is holding scholarship offers from the LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, South Carolina Gamecocks, Baylor Bears, Iowa Hawkeyes, Miami-Florida Hurricanes, Michigan State Spartans, North Carolina Tar Heels, Ole Miss Rebels (blah), Pittsburgh Panthers and N.C. State Wolfpack among many others.
That kind of offer list suggests that Pierre is a very big pickup for Mark Stoops and his program. Even so, not many of the recruiting services have much, if any evaluation on Pierre.
247 Sports ranks him 1.278th overall in the Class of 2018 in addition to being the 94th-best athlete prospect. I’m guessing the schools who offered Pierre think he should be ranked a little higher.
Pierre spends most of his time at defensive end and outside linebacker, which looks like where he’ll project in UK’s defense. This could help replace Alex Reigelsperger, who recently decommitted and picked Minnesota.
Here’s a 247 Sports scouting report of Pierre:
The 6-foot-2, 193-pound Pierre is a rangy, aggressive defender that does a nice job of making his presence felt by striking and driving through the ball carrier. He does the majority of his damage when shooting off the edge, but also shows good backside pursuit and effort until the whistle is blown.
Physically, Pierre possesses a great build with his best football ahead of him. He projects best at outside linebacker with his ability to roam in space and lay a beat down on the ball carrier, but this is an instinctive, aggressive defender that's always swarming around the pigskin.
Here are some highlights of the newest Cat in action: