Heading into a weekend matchup against Vanderbilt, the Kentucky Wildcats got good news on the recruiting trail today. Mark Stoops and his staff have landed another top in-state recruit in tight end Jordan Dingle, who committed during Friday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio.
Dingle, who plays at Bowling Green High School, is the No. 4 player from Kentucky and the No. 19 tight end in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite. The 6-4, 245-pounder had offers from Louisville, South Carolina, Arkansas, Purdue, and Ohio State. He was named Second Team All-State by MaxPreps in 2019 after catching 35 passes for 474 yards and five touchdowns.
Jordan’s brother, Justice Dingle, is a linebacker at Georgia Tech that was a four-star Class of 2018 recruit who also played at Bowling Green.
Dingle is the fourth-highest rated player for Kentucky’s strong and growing 2021 recruiting class. He is the first tight end to sign on but joins top in-state players Jager Burton, Dekel Crowdus, Kaiya Sheron, La’Vell Wright and Jordan Lovett on next year’s roster.
The Kentucky native has been a top target for Kentucky for quite some time, and Vince Marrow has been on the case to close the deal. Most of Dingle’s crystal ball predictions on 247 Sports were in favor of the Purdue Boilermakers, but the recent buzz has been in favor of Dingle moving to Lexington.
Kentucky will definitely have some opportunity available on the field next season as senior Justin Rigg is set to graduate, although he could possibly return given the NCAA’s eligibility waiver offered to all players due to COVID. Dingle will definitely join rising juniors Keaton Upshaw and Brendan Bates as well as rising sophomore Nik Ognenovic in the tight end room next season.
The 2021 recruiting class continues to climb in the rankings, and Mark Stoops and his crew still have their sights set on several top targets.
Now, check out some highlights of the newest Wildcat in action: