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Tyler Bentley no longer committed to Kentucky Wildcats

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Mark Stoops has struggled to keep some of UK’s top 2018 commits on board.

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Tyler Bentley is no longer committing to the Kentucky Wildcats, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The three-star defensive tackle initially was the 10th commitment in 2018 for the Cats when he picked them over the summer. The class has since grown to 18 before he decommitted. He holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida and West Virginia among many others, so it’s not hard to see why he decommitted.

The Lakota West (OH) product is ESPN’s 42nd-best defensive tackle and 20th-best prospect from Ohio.

In January, Bentley said Kentucky was the program standing out most to him, and he likes how Mark Stoops is elevating this program.

"I would say Kentucky is sticking out right now, and I've visited there twice before,” said Bentley prior to his commitment, via Scout.com. "I think the program is on the rise, and the new facilities are great, so they should be doing great things in the SEC East in the future," Bentley said. "I'm being recruited by Coach (Vince) Marrow."

Alas, Bentley joins Jarren Williams, Alex Reigelsperger and Shocky Jacques-Louis as UK recruits to decommit during the fall. Those were al four-star prospects in at least one recruiting service and three of UK’s highest-ranked pledges coming into the fall, so it may be safe to wonder if the 2017 season was a successful one for Kentucky Football in the eyes of recruits.