Kentucky added its seventh verbal commitment in the football class of 2013 when Winter Park (Fla.) High School defensive back Blake McClain announced his pledge to the Wildcats live on an Orlando Sentinel webcast.
McClain (6-0, 185, 4.5) picked the Wildcats over a final four that included Illinois, Pittsburgh and South Florida. He had also considered Cincinnati, Boston College, Rutgers and West Virginia earlier in his recruitment.
"I liked the coaching staff," said McClain, who made his decision known by taking off a gray sweatshirt that revealed a blue UK T-shirt underneath. "It was family-oriented. The feeling when I got on campus kind of felt like home.
"And, of course, the SEC. If you want to be the best, you want to play against the best."
McClain is rated three stars by 247Sports and is ranked the No. 160 prospect in talent-rich Florida for 2013. He said he is being projected as a cornerback, safety or nickel back by the UK staff.
"That's why they like me so much," he said. "I can play all three positions... Wherever a spot opens."
The addition of McClain gives the Cats three commitments from the Sunshine State this year. He joins defensive end Alvonte Bell and offensive lineman Ramsey Meyers from his home state, which the UK staff has scouted significantly harder this year than in previous classes.
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