North Hardin’s Jordan Lovett commits to Kentucky, talks why he chose to be a Cat

The three-star safety is Kentucky's fourth, top-10 ranked recruit to commit for the class of 2021



Three-star North Hardin safety Jordan Lovett has committed to Kentucky. It’s becoming a trend now for the football cats. Not only are they getting good recruits, but they are locking down the state of Kentucky. Four of the top 10 class of 2021 recruits have committed to Kentucky. That is among several reasons why Lovett is coming to Lexington.

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“I committed to UK because first off, they’re a great school and the players at my position who get sent to the league and I’m all about going to the next level in life,” Lovett said.

“Third, it’s a family environment. I already knew some of the players before I even came on campus. With Lavell, Dekel, Jager…Jager’s gonna commit, but Lavell, Dekel and all the other guys committing I already knew so it was like I might as well, right?”

He’s got one more reason as well…and who can blame him?”

“It was closest to my mom because I’m a Momma’s boy, right? I figured out she was staying Kentucky so I really wanted to stay home.”

Lovett knows his stuff. The Cats sent pretty much their entire secondary to the NFL in 2019. Even with their youth last season, they were one of the top secondaries in the country last season and Lovett loves that.

“I think Kentucky was number one in the country for paso g touchdowns allowed. So that really like hit it off for me. Because I’m a defensive guy, and when you see defensive stats like that it’s a major key.”

You don’t have to look into Lovett’s stats too long to see what he does best. He had 15 interceptions last season. That easily led the state.

“Interceptions. That’s one word to describe me, interceptions because I’d rather…look I like hitting people, but I’d rather intercept the ball than anything.”

Is it a gift to be able to be a ball hawk like that? Well, the old football stereotype is if you’re a skill guy and can’t catch, then you play defense. Lovett’s case is the exact opposite thanks to his head coach Brent Thompson.

“It’s not a gift. Look I’ll tell you this, my whole sophomore year, really my whole life, I played wide receiver. And then like I said, once again Coach T decided to move me to DB my junior year because he felt like it was a better fit. And I feel like me being a wide receiver really nurtured my game as a DB and I made more interceptions.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas