Bank on It: 4-star Paintsville LB Kash Daniel commits to Kentucky
07/04/2015 01:03 PM
PAINTSVILLE — After transforming from little-known player to the hottest prospect in the Commonwealth over a few short months, four-star Paintsville linebacker Kash Daniel celebrated Independence Day by committing to the University of Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, picking the Wildcats over Louisville and South Carolina.
The commitment is Kentucky’s 19th for 2016, adding yet another talented player to what is already the No. 16 ranked class in the entire nation according to Rivals.com.
Daniel’s announcement also gives Mark Stoops a clean sweep of the state’s three Army All-Americans, joining previous 2016 UK commits Landon Young and Drake Jackson — both offensive lineman.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was the star player behind Paintsville’s turnaround from a 3-8 team his freshman year to a 10-3 record last season.
But despite his success, Daniel ended his junior year with zero scholarship offers. All that changed after April’s Rivals Camp series in Charlotte, South Carolina.
While competing against some of the best talent in the entire Southeast, Daniel made his mark, finishing as the No. 6 rated defensive player in attendance.
Just a few days later, Kentucky defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot traveled to Eastern Kentucky to watch one of Paintsville’s spring practices, and by the end of night, offered Daniel a scholarship to play in Lexington.
Louisville followed with an offer the next day — South Carolina one more after that. But Daniel remained loyal to the Wildcats, adding another gem to an already loaded 2016 roster.