As Kentucky football recruits are getting ready to graduate to life outside of college, Kentucky has a major recruiting push underway.
In addition to recruiting and sending their players to other universities, Kentucky also plans to recruit in the United Kingdom.
The Wildcats recently made an announcement that they have hired former U.S. Army Ranger and Iraq War veteran Tom Gant.
Gant will be Kentucky’s first overseas recruiting coordinator.
According to The Next World, Gant has been with Kentucky since 2009 and was promoted to recruiting coordinator after the 2014 season.
The recruiting team will be led by Kentucky recruiting coordinator for the UK, Tom Gaunt, a veteran who has worked in recruiting for U.K. and U.A.E. war zones, the U.N. and the U, and has also worked with several U. S. military bases.
The announcement comes after a year of recruiting Kentucky, as the Wildcats began to lose a key player.
According the Courier-Journal, Louisville linebacker Jake Coker committed to Kentucky last week, ending a two-year wait.
He was one of the top players in the nation in 2015.
He averaged 17.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and two interceptions a year ago.
Gaunt will be the first American to be hired as Kentucky’s recruiting coordinator, joining former NFL head coach Jay Gruden.
Kentucky will be in a position to get one of its top players to leave the Wildcats after this season.
If Gant stays, it will be hard to find anyone else to replace him.
Kentucky has already lost a number of key players to college football, including wide receiver Jaelen Strong, cornerback Kendall Fuller and offensive tackle K.J. Hill.
Gunt, a native of Kentucky, is the fifth-highest paid recruiting coordinator in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.