Kentucky lands its first in-state recruit, Eli Cox, since Austin Dotson way back in 2016. Similar to Dotson, Cox is set on Kentucky for good. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound three-star junior is from West Jessamine High in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Cox explains why he decided to choose the home state school, Kentucky.

“It’s my home. I couldn’t think of a program I’d be more excited to join.”

The West Jessamine junior standout grew up a Kentucky fan and finally gets to put on the blue and white and play for the Cats. Did this fandom play a role in him deciding to commit to Kentucky?

“Oh, absolutely. My family is season-ticket holders. We attend every home game.”

He mentions a few in-state recruits he is going to target to join him.

I’m going to recruit Aidan Robbins (Kentucky is the last official visit before he could make his college decision), and Wandale Robinson (Duke lean at this time),” said Cox.


Robbins and Robinson are both considered three-star prospects.

The Bluegrass State offensive guard said he is only taking one official visit.

“I am taking an official to Kentucky. As for other schools, I am not interested. I am a hard commit to Kentucky.”

Cox mentions he is leaving an option open to enrolling early.

“I’m talking to my counselor about being able to enroll early at Kentucky. I am keeping that option open on the table.”

Kentucky assistants John Schlarman and Dean Hood handled the recruitment of Cox to UK. He explained their reactions when he told them he was coming to Kentucky and what Coach (Mark) Stoops said to him after telling him the news.

“They were really excited. They all came into Stoops office clapping. When I told, Coach Stoops the news, he said he’s really excited to start this journey.”

Cox left a message towards the Kentucky’s fan base (BBN).

“This is an exciting time for UK football. We need all the BBN at Kroger Field getting loud and supporting the football program.”

This is a good get for the Kentucky staff and bring in some momentum to in-state recruiting, which at times has been a struggle in recent years for the staff at Kentucky.

Image courtesy of Eli Cox Official Twitter Account, @elicox59