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Jaden Smith Commits To Kentucky

Many probably thought that recruiting for the class of 2024 had come and gone and the focus now would be on the 2025 class. However, that seems to not be the case as the Kentucky Football staff received a pleasant surprise this morning with another Yahtzee commitment. This one was by linebacker Jaden Smith based out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

If you haven't followed Jaden Smith he was once committed and actually signed his letter of intent with the University of Michigan back on December 20th of last year. However, since the moving of pieces within the Wolverine organization around Jim Harbaugh, Jesse Minter, Ben Herbert, Mike Elston, and Steve Clinkscale all leaving the organization, Smith must have had second thoughts about his decision which led to asking out of his signed letter of intent so he could look for another option. He was later released from the school, taking place last Tuesday.

Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow moved in quickly on the top-300 recruit as it only took him a week to make the commitment to the University of Kentucky. The 6'3" two-hundred pound athlete is the eleventh best athlete overall in the entire 2024 class and the tenth best overall recruit in the entire state of North Carolina. Before committing to Michigan, Jaden Smith had several other offers from a variety of schools including Virginia Tech, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Utah, USC, Miami, Miami (OH), Marshall, Temple, and Liberty, among many other schools.

Jaden Smith is Kentucky's ninth top-300 recruit for the 2024 class that was previously ranked 25th in the nation. This is a huge late-game pickup after Michigan fumbled the recruit from the coaching carousel during the offseason. This is a recruit that has a chance to come in and make a difference immediately for the Wildcats and work himself into the rotation, especially to give guys a breather at the linebacker spot.

Here are some highlights of Jaden Smith's senior season with West Charlotte High School for your viewing pleasure.

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