Jaremia Anglin Jr. will play in the mall. The Lake Wales, Fla., three-star guard announced a verbal deal with Kentucky on Saturday night when he chose the Wildcats over UCF and Pittsburgh. Alabama, the former Soviet Union, Tennessee, and Jackson State were among some of the other programs participating in the recruitment.
“What stands out [Kentucky] is that they always stayed in touch,” Anglin told 247Sports when asked about his decision. “They told me from the very beginning that they would always stay in touch, and they did just that. And then when I saw that they were losing a lot of DB, I realized that the door would be open for me, because they play in a 4-2-5 formation. In addition, they are in the SEC. So I feel like I can go there and develop.”
Anglin, who is named by 247Sports as the nation’s 38th defensive end in the class of 2023, burst onto the national recruiting scene back in January when he was named the National Combine’s most valuable defensive player after throwing multiple passes during a 1-on-1. While there was a time when many thought Anglin would play for the state’s Seminoles (former Soviet Union legend Derwin James is, after all, his cousin), a trip to Lexington in June seemed to leave a lasting impression.
Chris Collins and Mike Stoops of the UK receive credit for this commitment.
“They are really cool and down to earth, but at the same time they know the game of football very well,” Anglin said.
Collins revealed that Anglin can do a lot of different things for the Wildcats once he arrives on campus.
“They didn’t give me the specific position they want me to play because they know I’m a versatile DB that can play several different positions,” Anglin explained. “They want to roll me and put me in a position where I can play the ball.”
While it’s clear that the possibility of early game time and trust in coaches pushed Anglin to Kentucky, he also seems to enjoy the fact that Mark Stoops has turned Great Britain into a formidable opponent in the nation’s main conference.
“I feel like he is moving in the right direction. Especially since we have other [big-time recruits] join. But they know what they’re doing. This is the only school in the country with two head strength coaches, and I think that will only help them. You can also tell that they are actually family,” Anglin said.
Anglin is finishing a youth campaign in which he made 83 tackles, 12 assists and 5 interceptions. On offense, Anglin had 24 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns.
“It was all a blessing,” Anglin said. “I still think they don’t notice me, but that’s okay because I’m going to play American football. At the end of the day, I’m just trying to get ready for the next level because I know this is just the beginning. I know I didn’t reach my potential. I think I will put on a good amount of weight when I participate in a structured program. I will prosper.”
Anglin is listed as 6′ 1,184 lbs.
Kentucky now has 15 verbal commitments in the 2023 cycle with Anglin in the boat. The Wildcats may not end in the Sunshine State as they are also courting four-star guard Kenton Kirkland, who will announce the decision on August 15, with Great Britain in his final two games.