Jermaine Eskridge to visit Lexington for Kentucky vs. Florida game

08/06/2015 09:26 PM

LEXINGTON — How to keep your 5-star football recruit:

1 – Invite him to campus.
2 – Invite him to campus when you play his hometown team.
3 – Defeat his hometown team for the first time in 29 years.
4 – Celebrate.
5 – Keep your 5-star recruit.
6 – Win a national championship.

Ok, maybe that last one was a bit of a stretch, but you get the point.

Jermaine Eskridge, a 5-star athlete from the Class of 2018, announced his commitment to the Kentucky football team on twitter last week, and revealed yesterday that he will take a quick visit to Lexington when the Kentucky plays the Florida Gators on September 19:

The 6-3, 180-pound Florida native picked the Wildcats over his homestate Gators, and according to Justin Rowland of, the high school phenom is “without a doubt” the most talented commitment of the Mark Stoops era:

Kentucky is currently on a 28-game losing streak to Florida that stretches all the way back to 1986 — the single longest losing streak between two opponents in SEC history.

The Wildcats almost ended the drought in Gainesville last year before suffering a heartbreaking 36-30 defeat in triple overtime.

So, beating the Gators for the first time in nearly three decades … on your home turf … in a renovated stadium … on national television … in front of your biggest recruit … would be a pretty big deal.

Just sayin’.

Justin Rowland spoke with KSTV on Thursday’s show about the significance of Eskridge’s commitment retention along with discussing several other high-ranking recruits that have taken an interest in the resurgent UK Football program.


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