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YAHTZEE! 4-Star Dekel Crowdus Picks the Cats

May 10, 2020

The Big Dog has himself another commit, this time it comes in 4-star wide receiver Dekel Crowdus. Crowdus is listed at 5-foot-10 and weighs about 165 pounds, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed. He clocked a 4.4 40-yard dash at The Opening last May and should bring an element of pure speed that Kentucky has been missing on offense. The first of two potential commits in this class from Frederick Douglass, Crowdus should be the centerpiece of the wide receiver room as it builds for the future. Just the third consensus 4-star true wide receiver (they've had multiple 4-star athletes) the Cats have signed in the Mark Stoops era, Crowdus is a significant win for multiple reasons beyond just his talent. 

Kentucky has rarely missed on a prospect when they are competing against Louisville or another school on their same tier. However, they have lost highly-ranked prospects to Notre Dame, Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State over the past few years. With Crowdus, Kentucky fought off multiple national powerhouse programs - Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Texas. 

Crowdus should also help in the Cats' recruitment of his Frederick Douglass teammate Jager Burton, the top-rated prospect in the state who is likely deciding between Kentucky and Ohio State. Crowdus and Burton are good friends, and it doesn't hurt Kentucky's chances that Burton will have a good friend in his ear.

Despite his size, Crowdus lines up almost exclusively on the outside, showing off his blazing speed on deep routes and consistently burning whatever helpless corner is tasked with covering him. Once he beats the coverage, he exhibits great ball tracking ability, throttling down when needed to secure the catch. In the past, Kentucky has had speed guys that have been unreliable when the ball has come their way. Crowdus' skills should lend itself to be a more reliable deep threat. With speed like his, crisp route running is more of a luxury than a necessity, so expect that to be an area where he improves over his time at UK. Look for Eddie Gran to get Crowdus involved all over the field, both outside and in the slot where he can take advantage of two-way releases.

Kentucky continues to build out its offensive recruiting class, with three wideouts already committed as well as a quarterback, running back and two offensive linemen. Crowdus is the third commitment from Kentucky and the team's first four-star in the class. 

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