The transfer portal is starting to heat up with commitments, as the opening window comes to a close.
With some depth needed on the offensive line, the Cats are now looking in the portal for some players who could come in and make an instant impact.
A new name was added to that list on Saturday night, as USC Trojans transfer Michael Tarquin took to Twitter to announce an offer from UK.
I appreciate The University of Kentucky for offering me.— Michael Tarquin (@Mike_Tarquin70) December 17, 2023
Tarquin, a 6-foot-5 and 300-pound offensive tackle from Citra (FL), originally chose the Gators out of high school before transferring to Los Angeles to join the Trojans program.
A 4-star recruit in the class of 2019, Tarquin was considered a top-300 prospect in the class and also considered a top-25 tackle, according to 247 Sports Composite.
If you’re looking for experience, Tarquin has plenty of it. After playing sparingly in 2019 and ‘20, he became a starter at right tackle in ‘21 and would remain such the following year.
Tarquin then transferred to USC for this season, where he was once again the starting right tackle. He’s now back in the portal, and Kentucky clearly has interest.
With the return of Marques Cox, Kentucky is now looking for competition at right tackle alongside Courtland Ford. Kentucky could also use some rotational depth pieces to help the Big Blue Wall once again, and Tarquin could certainly fit that mold.