Kentucky's recruiting class of 2023 takes another hit this evening as one of their commitments, Khalifa Keith, has announced that he is de-committing from the University of Kentucky.
This comes shortly after Kaden Moorman de-committed back on October 21st. Keith initially committed to the Wildcats in the summer on the Fourth of July. He's a three-star recruit from Birmingham, Alabama who had offers from Tennessee, Florida State, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Tulane, among many, many others.
"I want to thank coach Mark Stoops and his staff for extending me the opportunity to play for the Kentucky football program," said Khalifa Keith in his Twitter post.
Yes, this season has not been the one that the Wildcats had planned on having, however, it is definitely not a reason for the class of 2023 recruits to jump ship and find another school to attend. This is something completely unrelated if you ask me. One has to wonder if some of this is due to the lack of NIL interest from the department of athletics at the University of Kentucky. Maybe so, or maybe it's something else. But, on that note, if you have a school such as the University of Tennessee that recruited you and they're having this much success while killing the NIL market (on the same note), one can't blame a kid for reconsidering their options and looking elsewhere.
According to 247Sports, the Wildcats are ranked 48th in the nation for the recruiting class of 2023 and with the news of Keith decommitting we will see that drop a little further down the list.
This has to be kind of concerning for Kentucky fans and the football staff because their 2022 recruiting class was ranked top twenty in the nation and eighth overall in the Southeastern Conference. This following class seems to be falling behind that.