By LARRY VAUGHT
9:17 AM EST, January 29, 2013
Mark Stoops' Florida ties continue to pay off as the Wildcats have received a verbal commitment from 6-1, 200-pound receiver Alex Montgomery of Weston, Fla. He had made a visit to Louisville over the weekend but picked UK over the Cardinals and South Florida. The three-star prospect also had offers from Mississippi, Wake Forest, Duke, East Carolina and North Carolina State.
He visited Central Florida one week ago and Kentucky in mid-January.
He made his announcement via his Twitter account @IjustWannadoME: "I made my decision and I'm going to Kentucky #BBN WELCOME"
He finished the season with a bang as he had nine catches for 199 yards and three touchdowns — and also made an interception — in the Class 8A state title game.
He is the eighth Florida player to verbally commit to UK.
The Wildcats also got confirmation that Youngstown,¿Ohio, safety Marcus McWilson, a four-star prospect, would sign with Kentucky.¿He had made a verbal commitment to Nebraska almost a year ago but switched to UK¿partially because former Nebraska assistant Vince Marrow is now the tight ends coach at UK. Marrow and Stoops also both went to the same high school as Wilson.
Omaha.com said McWilson’s defection was a “blow” to Nebraska because McWilson “was generally considered the best prospect” at safety in Nebraska’s recruiting class.
Sporting News has McWilson ranked as the nation’s 109th best player. Brian McLaughlin wrote at sportingnews.com Monday that the 6-0, 200-pound Wilson is “clearly the best prep prospect Stoops has managed to get on board for his first recruiting class.”
He had scholarship offers from Michigan State, Louisville and West Virginia along with Nebraska.
“Coaches like that I'm an athlete that can play anywhere," McWilson told Sporting News recently. "I can cover ground and I can also hit. I can fill holes on defense and make open tackles and any ball that goes up in the air is mine."
Kentucky now has 17 commitments for the class of 2013, including nine since Stoops took over as head coach.
The Cats are in the mix for several other players, including Franklin County receiver Ryan Timmons and Trinity defensive end Jason Hatcher, as national signing day approaches on Feb. 6.
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