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4-star DL Tre’vonn Rybka signs with Wildcats

Kentucky beat out the Vols for this Tennessee product.

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Highly-coveted and havoc-wreaking defensive tackle Tre’vonn Rybka has officially signed with the Kentucky Wildcats.

The 6-4, 281-pound Dickson (TN) native committed to the Wildcats back in August while holding offers from LSU, Oklahoma (that’s one of the CFP matchups), Oregon, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia among others.

Rybka’s highest ranking is by Rivals, where he is a four-star recruit and the 10th-best player from Tennessee. Beating the Vols for one of the top recruits from their own backyard was a massive win for the Wildcats in the 2020 class. It certainly helps that Kentucky has been fantastic at developing linemen on both sides of the trenches.

In 2019, Defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc turned in Kentucky’s best defensive line since the Bud Dupree/Za’Darius Smith administration. With senior quarterback vacuum Calvin Taylor departing along with fellow starter TJ Carter (and possibly Phil Hoskins, pending a waiver for a 6th year of eligibility), LeBlanc needed to reload his group with some blue-chip talent on the recruiting trail. Rybka is an immense pull (see: offer list) who joins five-star defensive tackle Justin Rogers and four-star defensive end Samuel Anaele on the d-line in Kentucky’s 2020 recruiting class.

In what’s shaping up to be a monster UK Football class, the line of scrimmage hold the crown jewels, with five of our top six commits.

Here is Rybka’s UK Athletics profile:

Highly recruited defensive lineman who drew national attention … Consensus top-50 defensive tackle recruit, as high as No. 28 by Rivals.com … Four-star recruit by Rivals, which listed him the No. 10 recruit in Tennessee … 247sports has him as the No. 40 defensive tackle in the US, ESPN has him at No. 44 … Totaled 170 tackles, including 25 for loss, during his career at Dickson County HS … Coached by Randy Murphree … Decided on Kentucky over Oklahoma, Tennessee and Oregon … First name pronounced “TREY-vee-on.”