The Kentucky Wildcats hit the transfer jackpot Monday when former top-50 recruit Kelvin Joseph pledged to Mark Stoops’ surging program.
Might another LSU Tigers transfer make his way to Lexington?
Not long after Joseph committed to UK, he made it clear on Twitter that he’s recruiting former teammate Mannie Netherly to join him in Lexington.
I’ll be calling u soon— Kelvin Joseph || (@bossmanfat1) August 27, 2019
Netherly certainly seems open to the move.
In addition, Neatherly told Shawn Smith of Big Blue Country that a visit to UK is in the works.
LSU DB transfer Mannie Netherly tells me he is planning a trip to Lexington very soon.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) August 27, 2019
Netherly, who just entered the transfer portal on Monday, is a former top-300 recruit who was ranked as high as 187th by ESPN. The 6-3, 185-pound Texas native was a four-star wide receiver recruit with offers from the Texas Longhorns, Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners among others.
However, Netherly eventually moved to cornerback, though he’s played sparingly as a position LSU is always deep at. He played in 11 games last season, notching three tackles. He is a true junior this year, so in theory, he can transfer to a new school, redshirt, then be a redshirt junior when the 2020 college football season begins.
One would think going back home to Texas would be something Netherly takes a hard look at doing, but it’s claos clear that Kentucky is becoming a hotbed for talented defensive backs.
While Kentucky did land Joseph to bolster the cornerback position, it’s still an area where the Wildcats are inexperienced and could again be lacking proven depth next season, so getting a guy like Netherly would be another major get.