Kentucky’s 2020 football recruiting class continues to climb the national rankings. The newest Wildcat is Carrington Valentine, who made his commitment Wednesday afternoon, according to Justin Rowland.
Valentine later made the announcement on Instagram:
Valentine is a 3-star defensive back from Cincinnati, Ohio, and he visited Lexington just over a month ago on his last college visit. Valentine also held offers from the Michigan State Spartans, Purdue Boilermakers, Cincinnati Bearcats, Louisville Cardinals and West Virginia Mountaineers, but all of his 247 Sports crystal ball projections were for Kentucky.
With the loss of almost every starter in the secondary, the Wildcats desperately need depth in the defensive backfield. While Valentine may not come in and start immediately, he can certainly contribute on special teams and provide depth if needed.
The 6-foot cornerback, who is Ohio’s 25th-ranked prospect via 247 Sports, comes from Archbishop Moeller high school in Cincinnati, and is just the latest in a long line of Kentucky players from the buckeye state. Vince Marrow has dominated recruiting in Ohio for a number of years, and it seemed like Valentine was destined for Lexington the second that Kentucky got involved.
Valentine’s commitment moves Kentucky from No. 24 to No. 22 in the national recruiting rankings for 2020, and he is now the 14th player in the class for the Wildcats. He joins Justin Rogers, John Young, JuTahn McClain, Kalil Branham, Beau Allen, Samuel Anaele, Earnest Sanders, Izayah Cummings, D’Eryk Jackson, Torrance Davis, Andru Phillips, Jordan Watkins, and Joshua Jones in what may be the most impressive class Mark Stoops and company have put together yet.
Check out Valentine in action: