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Gerald Mincey commits to Kentucky

A huge get for the Big Blue Wall.

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Kentucky Football just scored a big Yahtzee in the transfer portal.

Former Tennessee Volunteers starting offensive lineman Gerald Mincey has committed to the Wildcats.

Mincey, who entered the portal on January 4th, shortly after Tennessee’s win over Iowa in the Citrus Bowl, just completed a visit to Lexington and announced his commitment on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6, 337-pound Mincey is a one-time Kentucky commit who verbally committed to the Cats in 2019 prior to flipping and signing with Florida for the class of 2020. After redshirting as a true freshman, Mincey appeared in 10 games during the 2021 season, then opted to hit the transfer portal following the firing of Dan Mullen before landing in Knoxville.

In 2022, Mincey played in nine games with seven starts at left tackle while missing three games due to injury. He was a major part of an offensive line that was a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award, honoring college football’s best offensive line.

This season, Mincey started six games at right tackle and one at left tackle while playing in all 13 games, logging 578 snaps while earning a 61.6 Pro Football Focus grade.

In 528 career pass-blocking snaps, Mincey has allowed three sacks, two hits, and 25 QB hurries while committing seven penalties. He’s logged 430 career snaps at right tackle and 147 at left tackle, so while capable of playing both spots, he’s more suited for the right side.

Mincey was viewed as a likely starter for the Vols next season, so Kentucky is getting a potential starter while also taking a key player away from their border rivals.

Kentucky also beat out Ole Miss, who was seen as the top competitor and had already brought in the nation’s top transfer portal class. A big win for Mark Stoops and Co.

It’s also a big win because Mincey provides depth at a position of serious need, as there are only three offensive tackles on the roster in Marques Cox, Courtand Ford, and Malachi Wood following the departure of Jeremy Flax, so the addition of Mincey is very much needed.

Expect Mincey to battle Ford for the starting right tackle spot next season.

Go Cats!