With the first transfer portal window opening on Dec. 4th, there are already several players who have made their intentions clear of looking to play college football elsewhere next season.
For the Kentucky Wildcats, they are already doing their research on a few, including Texas A&M transfer wide-out Raymond Cottrell. Now another name has surfaced at a key position of need for next season.
Jonathan Mendoza, an offensive lineman from Yale, announced his intentions to enter the portal on Nov. 21.
Fast-forward a few days, and now he has received a Kentucky offer. He announced the news last night via Twitter.
Alongside Kentucky, he has received offers from Duke, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Houston, Vanderbilt, and several others.
Honored to receive an offer from the University of Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/NQzP7O40ln— Jonathan Mendoza (@MendozaJon77) November 24, 2023
Mendoza, a 6-foot-9 and 308-pound lineman out of New York, already has Power-five size and plenty of experience under his belt at right tackle. During his time at Yale, he was a part of an offensive line that helped the Bulldogs lead the Ivy League in rushing. He followed that up by appearing in 10 games this season for the Bulldogs.
As a high school recruit, Mendoza was listed as a three-star player and considered a top-15 player in the state of New York, according to the 247 Sports Rankings.
Looks like the Cats are starting to look at options to fill out the roster for next season. There are several players who will need to make decisions on their futures in the coming months, but Kentucky will need to add an experienced player to help the O-line.
Will Mendoza be a part of the Big Blue Wall? Going to have to wait this one out.