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Kentucky Wildcats to host Iowa basketball player Ahmad Wagner as potential football transfer

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UK could be getting a former basketball player ready to move to the gridiron.

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The Kentucky Wildcats may be in the transfer market for a wide receiver who’s actually been playing basketball.

According to Rivals’ Justin Rowland, Iowa Hawkeyes transfer Ahmad Wagner is taking an official visit to UK this weekend.

Wagner’s story is a very interesting one, as he spent the last three years playing basketball at Iowa. However, he was a two-sport star in high school and is ready to get back to the gridiron, which is part of why he’s leaving Iowa.

The previous tie to UK is recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, who recruited Wagner when he was a Class of 2015 recruit coming out of Ohio. UK has worked magic in the Buckeye state, but getting a former basketball player to join the football team would be something new and very rare in the sport.

Listed at 6-7 and 236 pounds by the school’s website, Wagner is hoping to land at a school that will allow him to wide receiver for the football team, and that’s a position UK needs more depth at beyond 2018.

Dorian Baker will see his eligibility expire following the 2018 season, and UK just lost Garrett Johnson, Charles Walker and Kayaune Ross to graduation as well. That could allow Wagner to come in, redshirt for a year, get the system down and be ready to fight for playing time in 2019.

That said, Wagner is keeping his options open, and he may end up staying at Iowa to play football there.

Be sure to read Rowland’s full writeup here.

Check out some old highlights of Wagner from his high school football days:

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