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Kentucky should be calling Purdue transfer Nic Scourton

Will the Cats chase after the talented pass rusher?

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The transfer portal has kicked back off as players can begin taking visits once again on January 3rd.

After an impressive first few weeks for the Kentucky Wildcats, especially on the offensive side of the ball, now the guess would be that the coaching staff starts to address some weaknesses on defense.

With some help needed likely in the secondary, the 2024 squad will likely need some more depth at the edge spot, and a very talented (and productive) player has just entered.

According to a report by Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Purdue edge rusher Nic Scourton has entered the transfer portal.

Scourton, a 6-4 and 280-pound linebacker from Bryan (TX), originally chose Purdue over offers from SMU, Memphis, Marshall, UTSA, Western Kentucky, and several others. He was considered a 4-star recruit in the class of 2022 and was a top-250 player in the class, according to 247 Sports Composite.

This recruitment should feature some of the big boys in college football, however, after an impressive sophomore season with the Boilermakers.

During his two seasons at West Lafayette, he totaled 72 tackles as well as 12 sacks.

It was this season when Scourton had his breakout, racking up 50 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, three pass deflections, and a forced fumble in 11 games as a team captain.

Despite JJ Weaver returning, this Kentucky defense is going to be extremely young coming off the edge. If Brad White is hoping to pick up the sack-rate this next season, Scourton is a player that can help do just that.

We will see where this one goes, but this is a name that will probably be tied to former Purdue coach Jeff Brohm and the Louisville Cardinals. You also have to think Texas A&M could be in the mix since Scourton grew up very close to College Station.

Let’s hope that Kentucky jumps into the mix as well.