January 21, 2007

Numbers game puts squeeze on would-be Cat

Three-star Hawkinsville (Ga.) cornerback Dequan Bembry says he had "great" visit to Kentucky this weekend... with one minor exception.

"I had a great time up there," he said. "Everything went real good. I really enjoyed myself and saw Kentucky as the place I wanted to go. But when I sat down and talked to coach (Rich) Brooks, he told me they were out of scholarships at my position.

"He told me that they still wanted me, but they'd have to wait to see if anyone de-committed in order for me to get a scholarship."

With national signing day only two weeks away, how patient is Bembry willing to be?


"He told me that they still wanted me, but they'd have to wait to see if anyone de-committed in order for me to get a scholarship."

With national signing day only two weeks away, how patient is Bembry willing to be?

"Right now, I need to keep my options open," Bembry said. "There's not much time left, and I don't want to get left out. I don't have any other visits set up at the moment, but Marshall is talking to me about setting one up. I'm also hearing from Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee.

"Coach Brooks told me he understood, and that it would be smart to keep my options open, but they'll be glad to take me if things work out."

Bembry (5-10, 175, 4.52) was once committed to Auburn, but the Tigers reportedly pulled his scholarship offer. That opened the door for Kentucky and other programs, and Bembry likes what the Wildcats have to offer.

"It's a good program now," he said. "They went 8-5 this year and had a nice win in the bowl game (against Clemson). I like the direction they're going.

"The players seemed real cool, too. I got to hang out with a bunch of them, and I felt like I fit in pretty good. Marcus McClinton was my host. He did a good job of showing me around and introducing me to people. They have a lot of guys on the team from Georgia."

Facilities also made a strong impression on Bembry.

"I liked the weightroom they have," he said. "It's huge. They have a lot of nice technology, too. They showed me a powerpoint presentation on their strength and conditioning program, and when I met with the new DB coach, he showed me some film on their system and how they run things. They have the ability to break down every play that you run to show you what you're doing right or wrong. I was impressed by that."

Bembry is rated one of the Top 50 prospects in Georgia for 2007 by Rivals.com.

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