Two Kentucky football recruits in the class of 2015 announced their commitments to two of the Cats’ top Southeastern Conference rivals Tuesday night.
First, cornerback Damon Arnette tweeted that he will play for South Carolina. Then, linebacker Josh Smith announced his commitment to Vanderbilt during ESPNU’s coverage of The Opening.
Smith — a 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect from Murfreesboro, Tenn. — also had Kentucky and Purdue in his top three, but his commitment to the Commodores was not a surprise. His older brother, Emmanuel Smith, will be a freshman on the Vanderbilt football team this fall.
Rivals.com ranks Josh Smith as the No. 190 overall prospect in the class of 2015. He is considered a four-star prospect and the No. 12 outside linebacker in the class.
Arnette — a 6-2 prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. Rivals ranks him as the No. 34 cornerback in the class. UK was thought to be South Carolina’s main competition for Arnette, but he had said in recent days that the Gamecocks were the leader in his recruitment.
Kentucky already has commitments from two 2015 linebackers: Bowling Green’s Eli Brown and Ohio’s Jordan Jones. The Cats do not have any commitments from defensive backs.