The Frederick Douglass High School-to-Kentucky Wildcats pipeline stays strong, as 4-star wide receiver Dane Key has committed to UK. Key chose the Wildcats at a ceremony at high school over over South Carolina, Oregon, Western Kentucky, and Michigan.
Key is ranked as the No. 221 prospect in the country by 247 Sports, the No. 32 wide receiver, and the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky for the Class of 2022. He held additional offers from Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and West Virginia among others.
Key’s commitment to Kentucky will give the Wildcats size at the wide receiver position, something that they currently lack. While the name of the game for this season and next is speed, speed, speed, Key adds a 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame that go up and grab contested balls out of the air and make a play.
And, if Key were to play as a true freshman next season, that would possibly give Kentucky two starting receivers from the state of Kentucky, both from Frederick Douglass High School. The other being Dekel Crowdus, who just recently started practicing again, on his way back from injury.
Key was a Vince Marrow recruit the entire way, and the big dog never let Key out of his sight. Key has been to multiple UK home games this season, and was seen storming the field following Kentucky’s win over Florida.
Marrow even got one last look at Key before he made his commitment, when he visited Montgomery County to watch the Broncos dismantle them 54-7. When the big dog hunts, he usually gets what he wants.
In addition to Key, Kentucky is also gunning, and leading, for Barion Brown, a fringe 5-star wide receiver out of Nashville. Landing both Brown and Key would give Kentucky a 225.56 class calculation for the 2022 class, good enough for top 15 in the country, with seven 4-stars and one 5-star.
So far for Frederick Douglass this season, Key has 31 catches for 501 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Broncos to a 9-0 record on the season, and a No. 1 ranking in Class 5A. If you’d like to see the newest UK commit in action, Douglass and Boyle County are set for a top-two showdown on Friday night in Lexington at Frederick Douglass High School.
And of course, Key is a legacy recruit for the Wildcats, as his father, Donte, played linebacker for the Wildcats in the early-to-mid 90s. Key also has a brother, Devon, who played at Western Kentucky and is now with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Key will be joining fellow Douglass teammates Dekel Crowdus, as stated, and Jager Burton. Ty Bryant, a class of 2023 three-star defensive back, is also committed to the Wildcats and will be joining them in two seasons.
This is a massive commitment for Kentucky that could be a chain reaction.
Now, check out the newest Wildcat in action.