UK picks up in-state walk-on

UK picks up in-state walk-on

It's not often that Kentucky has picked up a walk-on commitment at such an early stage. But Highlands receiver Austin Sheehan decided to take Kentucky up on their offer after a strong showing at camp.

It's not often that Kentucky has picked up a walk-on commitment at such an early stage. But Highlands receiver Austin Sheehan decided to take Kentucky up on their offer after a strong showing at camp.

At 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, you must be excellent at the nuances of your position to play football. Austin Sheehan excels at the little things on the field.

"I think I run routes really well. We work all season on running routes," he said.

Sheehan also has improved his forty to a 4.5 and he ran an 11.38 in the 100 meter dash at the state track meet.

He showed a combination of his skills at the Kentucky camp recently and picked up a preferred walk-on offer. Sheehan talked with Tee Martin and came away with a golden opportunity.

"It was one of the greatest feelings in my life," said Sheehan. "When I asked Coach Martin ‘What do I need to do to become a Wildcat?' he responded back ‘If you want to be a Wildcat, you can be a Wildcat. I will offer a preferred walk-on spot right now,'" Sheehan said.

Martin told Sheehan that he reminded him of former UK receiver Dicky Lyons.

"It's an honor to be compared to such a great Kentucky football player," said Sheehan.

Sheehan recently picked up a scholarship offer from Butler and he also received an offer last week from Morehead State.

"Morehead offered me before I had talked to Kentucky, so when they offered me I was very excited. Eastern Kentucky also described me as the best player at the camp. I didn't think my night could get any better," said Sheehan.

Even with those offers, Sheehan is happy to be a Wildcat.

"It's been my dream to play for Kentucky. When they gave us a tour of the locker room and weight room I was thinking to myself how cool it would be to play (at Kentucky)," said Sheehan. "I have always wanted to be a Wildcat and cannot wait to become one," he said.


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