Kentucky football: In-state lineman Eli Cox commits to Wildcats

After its 2018 signing class included no Kentucky natives, coach Mark Stoops and his staff picked up a commitment from 2019 in-state offensive lineman prospect Eli Cox on Monday.

Cox, a West Jessamine High School product from Nicholasville, Ky., became the fourth member of Kentucky’s 2019 signing class. He joins 4-star safety Keontra Smith, 3-star safety Moses Douglass and 3-star linebacker KD McDaniel.

“I want to thank God, my family, coaches and friends for all the continued support in helping achieve my dream of playing college football,” Cox tweeted. ” I want to thank every coach that’s recruited me and offered me a scholarship. But I will be a Wildcat! I’m 100 percent committed.”

Cox is an unranked prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, but he holds 9 FBS scholarship offers: Kentucky, Cincinnati, Army, Ohio, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ball State, Marshall and Georgia State.

The 6-foot-4 and 295-pound guard received a Kentucky offer last Tuesday. Before that he tweeted that Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Toledo and Marshall were the four schools he was focused on.

Stoops said on National Signing Day that he was disappointed to not add a Kentucky native to the 2018 class. The in-state recruiting drought ended Monday with Cox’s decision.

“There’s not always going to be an abundance of guys, but there always is good quality here,” Stoops said in February. “We have to make sure we get the quality players to stay home.”

Kentucky’s 2019 class is ranked 40th nationally and 11th in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite.

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