Safety Chris Drayton (6-2, 204, 4.51) of Lakeside High in Evans, Ga., committed to Kentucky after a trio of weekend visits to colleges.
Drayton ranked as the No. 81 safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com took an unofficial visit to the Tennessee game on Saturday, he then watched practice at Louisville on Sunday, and finished with a meeting with Kentucky coach Rich Brooks on Monday.
“When Coach Brooks said I could come in and compete for a starting position, that closed the deal, I committed on the spot,” Drayton said. “I really liked all three of the schools, but Kentucky felt like the best fit. They have great academics, they play in a great conference, and they have a lot of young players in place to win. I believe in the direction of the program.”
Drayton had offers from Kentucky and Louisville, while both Tennessee and Clemson had been coming on strong in recent weeks. Tennessee recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins told Drayton that he planned on making a visit to his high school next week. Drayton finished his senior year with 83 tackles on defense. He also played quarterback and tailback, and finished with 10 total touchdowns.