Earlier this week, East St. Louis safety Glen Faulkner said he was heading to Kentucky and made a commitment to the Wildcat coaching staff. After a trip to Lexington this weekend for the Wildcats' junior day, he made that commitment official.
"I'm leaving now, and I'm officially committed," Faulkner, a 6-foot-2, 194-pound safety prospect, said.
"I've made a verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky. I like it a lot. I never expected to like it this much, and it kind of came out of the blue, but that's where I'm going. I'm going to stick with it."
Faulkner, who was also recruited by Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota, said what sold him the most this weekend was the facilities and the coaches.
"I like the facilities, the weight room and all the football areas," he said. "They've got a new weight and strength coach from Cincinnati. He was saying he'd add a lot of good weight to my frame and he was really somebody I hit it off with. I also really like Tee Martin. He's really cool. I like everything about him."
Faulkner, a first team all Southwestern Conference selection as a junior, is one of East St. Louis' top prospects. Faulkner is being recruited primarily as a defender, but he also plays wide receiver and returns punts and kickoffs. Faulkner says he will play any position he asked to play by his coaches.
"I do it all," said Faulkner. "I was on the field all the time last year. I never got a break."