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UK could add several transfers soon; former commit Russ Yeast enters transfer portal

The Cats are set to land several transfers. Will Russ Yeast be one of them?

NCAA Football: Louisville at Western Kentucky Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are still in search of a new offensive coordinator after Eddie Gran was let go following major offensive struggles throughout 2020 season.

Mark Stoops is wanting to bring in someone that is going to open up the offense and have a lot more explosive plays. In order for the new offensive coordinator to do that, the Cats will need to bring in some help at key positions.

That is going to come through the transfer market, and Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio reports that he expects Kentucky to add 4-5 transfers in the coming weeks.

While we don’t yet know who will be transferring in, one would believe that Stoops will be looking to add pieces at wide receiver and on the offensive line.

The Cats’ struggles in the passing game this season had a lot to do with receivers just not getting separation from defenders which is why we should expect to see that be a position getting a boost in the transfer market.

As for the offensive line, the Cats will most likely be losing a lot of experienced depth and will need to add depth and may even need to bring in starters for 2021.

I would expect to see Stoops add players at each of those units and then see who else decides to transfer in.

If Kentucky wants to bolster its secondary, perhaps Louisville Cardinals defensive back Russ Yeast is someone for UK to consider, as he is now in the transfer portal as a grad transfer.

A four-star 2017 recruit whose father, Craig Yeast, was a star at UK, Russ was initially committed to the Cats, but he eventually decommitted and picked the Cards. He was the No. 3 recruit in Indiana that year and was the runner-up for Indiana’s Mr. Football honor.

Yeast played both cornerback and safety at Louisville, so if UK were to pursue, he could give the Cats depth at cornerback and safety while competing for a starting spot. UK is sitting good at safety for 2021 but must replace starting corners Brandin Echols and Kelvin Joseph.

Saying all of this, it’s still unclear if UK will be a legitimate suitor for Yeast.

We will bring you any updates as more information is released on who could be making a move to Lexington in the coming weeks.