The University of Kentucky football team has added a recruiting commitment from one of its many official visitors from last weekend – Florida defensive lineman Regie Meant.
The 6-foot-4 1/2, 268-pound player for Ida Baker High School in Cape Coral, Fla., committed to UK coach Mark Stoops on Sunday.
“Coach Stoops jumped out of his chair,” said Meant, who could play defensive end or tackle at UK and believes he’ll have a shot at immediate playing time.
He had previously made official visits to Kansas State and Washington State. Iowa State, Central Florida, Florida International were among many others that had made offers to Meant, who is rated a two-star player by Rivals.com.
He said the opportunity to play in the Southeastern Conference “is a very big deal.”
“It’s one of the top conferences you can play in and get prepared for the NFL,” he said.
Meant, who has been a target of UK defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh since the day the coach was hired last month, had 68 tackles, including 18 for loss (two sacks), and two forced fumbles this season.
Meant and Brumbaugh “built a relationship over a short amount of time that I didn’t really have with other coaches,” the player said, adding that Brumbaugh will visit him on Wednesday.
He is UK’s 19th commitment in the 2013 class and the seventh since Stoops was hired.
He is one of three players who visited UK over the weekend to commit to the Wildcats, joining Ohio lineman Kyle Meadows and Kansas junior-college wide receiver Javess Blue, and he thinks Stoops is building a winner.
“We’re going to shock a lot of teams,” he said.