Three-star safety Rickey Hyatt has announced that he is committing to play football at the University of Kentucky.
Certified pic.twitter.com/cNWv6BZNlT— Rickey Hyatt Jr. (@RickeyHyatt) September 19, 2019
The Wildcats have been trending for Hyatt for a while, but he made it official today. Hyatt is the No. 44 safety in the country and the No. 13 player in Ohio in the 2020 class, according to the 247 Sports rankings.
The Westerville, Ohio native will come on to play a part in a rebuilding secondary that lost everyone from a season ago, though they should return much of the current unit for 2020.
Hyatt is a versatile athlete, running a 4.46 40-yard dash at a recent Ohio State camp. The Buckeyes have made a strong push to land him, recruiting him to play the “bullet” position, which is a hybrid linebacker/safety position. This special attention seemed meaningful to Hyatt, but the chance to rock Kentucky blue won out in the end.
Hyatt also played wide receiver in high school, and due to injury had to step in at running back his junior year and excelled at that as well. At Kentucky, Hyatt will primarily be playing safety. However, it would not be surprising in the least to see him out there making plays on special teams, maybe even with the ball in his hands.
Landing Hyatt solidifies Kentucky’s top-25 class in 2020, and they still have work to do. The Wildcats finished No. 34 with their 2019 class, and it looks like the program will take another step forward in landing what could potentially be the best recruiting class in school history at least rankings-wise.
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