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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Detroit King’s Deondre Buford goes down the Mitten-to-Bluegrass pipeline, picking Kentucky

By: , August 21, 2019, 11:44 am

The University of Kentucky keeps making an impact on the college football recruiting landscape in Michigan. Detroit King senior offensive lineman Deondre Buford committed to Kentucky this week, giving the Wildcats two Blue Chippers from the Mitten for their 2020 recruiting class. Add in a three-star wide receiver prospect and that’s a pretty nice haul once again from an area of the country UK never had much of a presence in until recently.

The 6-foot-5, 280 pound tackle is a four-star recruit and won a state title at King last year. He joins Oak Park’s offensive lineman Justin Rogers and Flint Beecher split end Earnest Sanders in the Wildcats current recruiting crop. Rogers is a five-star recruit and the No. 1 rated left guard in the country according to most scouting services.

Kentucky came into the state and grabbed four-star recruits Marquan Moore (OL) and DeAndre Square (S) from Oak Park and Detroit Cass Tech, respectively, back in 2018. Moore played a major role in convincing Rogers to join him on campus in Lexington. The pair started together for two seasons on the offensive line protecting current Georgia back-up quarterback Dwan Mathis.

Buford is one of multiple Blue Chip prospects on the King roster. Crusaders’ senior wide receiver Rashawn Williams is a four-star recruit committed to Indiana and Peny Boone is considered the top running back in the state’s senior class and committed to Maryland. Junior safety Jaylen Reed is being recruited by the Big Ten and incoming freshman quarterback Dante (D.J.) Moore already has a Michigan offer.