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Deondre Buford honors his late father while picking Kentucky

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Buford picked a special day to make his college announcement.

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On Monday, Mark Stoops picked up a big time commit from four-star offensive tackle Deondre Buford, as he decided he wanted to join the Kentucky Wildcats.

However, it wasn’t all just about picking a school to attend on any day. This day meant a whole lot more to Buford, and Jared Purcell of mlive.com caught up with Buford to discuss why this was his announcement day.

Back on November 3rd of last year, Andre Buford, the father of Deondre Buford was found dead in a home in Detroit.

Now, on Monday, August 19th, Buford was wearing a Kentucky jersey after he had just committed to the Cats on his father’s 45th birthday.

“He used to wear jerseys,” Buford said. “That’s where I got the idea from. He wore jerseys and I just wanted to do it for him.”

It has been rough for Buford and his family since that day, but Monday was a day to celebrate and honor his father on his birthday.

“No matter when (I decided on a school), I was going to commit on his birthday,” Buford said. “No matter when.”

Buford knew that his father would be and is proud of what he has accomplished.

“He never wanted me to quit or anything,” Buford said. “He always told me to keep going.”

Buford became the third player from the state of Michigan to join the Cats’ 2020 recruiting class, joining five-star DL/OL Justin Rogers and three-star WR Earnest Sanders.

Buford noted that everything just “felt good” about Kentucky.

“I just got that gut feeling,” Buford said. “When I’m there, I’d seen the players working out, I’d seen the facilities, and everything felt good. The coaches, they were genuine. Love-filled and genuine and everything just feels real good.”

Kentucky assistant coach, Steve Clinkscale, was the main guy recruiting Buford, and they already have a very strong relationship.

“Me and coach Clink, we’re real close,” Buford said. “Coach Clink is going to keep it real with you. Coach Clink, he’s going to take care of you. Coach Clink, he’s just a good guy overall.”

You can watch the full interview below:

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