After reports came out on Sunday that Shawnkel Knight-Goff had left the Kentucky Wildcats, head coach Mark Stoops confirmed his leave with an announcement today.
Stoops also revealed why Knight-Goff was no longer on the team, saying the true freshman simply lost his desire to play football.
Stoops said Shawnkel Knight Goff checked out a few weeks ago. SKG told Stoops he wasn't interested in playing football anymore. "He's a great kid... I want him to be successful. He told me he wanted to be in school, but he wasn't interested in playing football anymore."— Derek Terry (@DerekSTerry) October 21, 2019
As the Wildcats dropped their fourth game of the season at Georgia, reports began to surface that Knight-Goff was no longer part of the team. He did not play in any games for Kentucky after coming in as one of the team’s top recruits in their 2019 class.
Knight-Goff actually committed early in the recruiting process, then decommitted from the Wildcats’ last spring before recommitting last fall to join their 2019 recruiting class. During his recruitment, he held offer from Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville and Purdue.
While Knight-Goff was expected to redshirt for Kentucky this fall, it sounds like he simply was ready to hang up his cleats and move on to the next phase of his life.