A lot of the players that have entered the transfer portal haven't necessarily been shocking. However, there was just an announcement that kind of surprised me and probably a lot of other folks around Kentucky Football.
The redshirt sophomore tight end, Jordan Dingle, has announced that he plans on entering his name into the transfer portal. Dingle is a former 4-star prospect by ESPN and 3-star by both Rivals and 247Sports. He is a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky and he chose to attend UK over schools such as Purdue, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State, back in 2021.
Jordan was ranked a top-5 player in the state and a top-25 ranked tight end in the entire nation for his recruiting class. Jordan Dingle managed to see the field in four games during his freshman season. He played against the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and New Mexico State, totaling in two receptions and 54 yards in that season.
In both of his next two seasons with Kentucky, Jordan did end up seeing more playing time and was able to grab 31 combined receptions for a total of 418 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was unfortunately limited snaps this year due to some injuries that sidelined him and this led to Josh Kattus receiving a fair share of the tight end reps that he could have had himself. This likely has something to do with the reasoning why Jordan Dingle is seeking out other options, as he has two full years of eligibility left.
Even though this loss does hurt, especially because it is a kid from the Commonwealth, the program should be just fine at the tight end position with both Josh Kattus and Khamari Anderson who showed some flashes of promising talents in the final game of the season against Louisville. You might remember Khamari Anderson's hurdle over a defender to get a very crucial first down to extend a scoring drive for the Wildcats.
Jordan Dingle was not only a good Kentucky kid but he was also a contributor on the field and a good teammate in the locker room. His presence will be missed but I am certain that he will find a good home somewhere where he can showcase his talents on the field and have more