The story goes that the University of Kentucky had two very promising head coaches in the early 1950’s leading their major sports programs: Adolph Rupp and Paul “Bear” Bryant. Both programs were thriving at the time, and the future looked very bright.
But no matter how much success the football team found, Bryant always felt like Rupp and the basketball team would be #1 in the bluegrass state. So he split, and the rest is history. Although, there are many Kentucky fans that blame the football team’s consistent mediocrity on the curse of Bear Bryant.
According to Bleacher Report, Bryant’s great-grandson, Paul Tyson, is leaving his recruitment options open and Kentucky is still in the mix. Could the 2019 quarterback be the perfect person to end the curse in Lexington?
The 3-star recruit is beginning his junior season at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama, and he has a broad list of schools he plans to visit. Tyson has already been to North Carolina State and Duke, and he has trips planned to Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky. And, of course, he spent his entire childhood around the Alabama program.
“I want to go to the best place for me,” Tyson told Bleacher Report. “I want to go somewhere I can win a national championship and where I'm the school's No. 1 guy."
Mark Stoops offered Tyson a scholarship back in April. But listed as the 11th best pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, you have to wonder if any of the other SEC schools, especially Alabama, will be putting a lot of effort into recruiting him.
Sure, Nick Saban may throw him a legacy scholarship. But Kentucky is one of the only schools on Tyson’s list that can truly cater to his desire to be the “No. 1 guy” in a major conference program.
Do you think the Kentucky Wildcats stand a chance at landing the great-grandson of the Alabama coaching legend?