Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats just landed another recruit. Taj Dodson, a three-star athlete from Georgia is the latest player to join UK’s 2019 class. He committed to Kentucky and signed with them on Wednesday.
Dodson was being recruited by other Power Five schools like the Iowa State Cyclones, the Louisville Cardinals, the Baylor Bears, and fellow SEC school the Ole Miss Rebels. In the end, Dodson chose the Wildcats.
Dodson is listed as an athlete, but will likely play defensive back for the Wildcats. At Creekside High School in Fairburn, Georgia, Dodson was primarily a free safety, but also returned punts and kicks.
Kentucky is losing it’s starting safeties after the Citrus Bowl, as both Darius West and Mike Edwards are seniors. UK already has a four-star safety coming in next season. Moses Douglass possesses the type of game that may find him on the field early and often.
Jordan Griffin and Davonte Robinson are sure to see some time at safety as well, as both will be upperclassmen. However, don’t discount Dodson’s ability to get onto the field as a freshman, especially with the new redshirt rules.
Dodson is a ballhawk. He has a great eye for the ball when it’s in the air. His ability to force turnovers may get him in the lineup sooner than later, and if he’s successful at creating those turnovers, it may be hard for Stoops and defensive coordinator Matt House to get him off the field.
Dodson is another nice pick up for the Cats, and one that will likely pay dividends immediately with his return ability and in the future as well once he’s able to develop into a capable defensive back in the SEC.