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Kentucky Beats Out SEC Powers for Commitment from Monster 2016 Offensive Tackle

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Amidst offers from Alabama, Auburn and Missouri, among others, gifted 2016 offensive tackle Tate Leavitt spurned SEC powers and committed to the University of Kentucky on Saturday. Leavitt announced the decision via Twitter Saturday afternoon.

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Leavitt (6-6, 298) is a punishing offensive lineman with an aggressive streak poised for run blocking. He bruised defenders last season while playing for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, racking up 91 pancake blocks for the Blue Dragons. His pass blocking wasn’t too shabby either, as he gave up only one sack.

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Leavitt’s commitment to the Wildcats continues a prolonged tradition of Hutchinson players ending up in SEC country. Former Blue Dragon Cordarrelle Patterson had an exceptional 2012 season at Tennessee, while Jeremiah Ledbetter and Alvin Kamara look to burst onto the scene this fall at Arkansas and Tennessee, respectively.

For Kentucky, Leavitt becomes the 20th commitment in a recruiting class currently on pace to exceed last year’s crop of 22. Leavitt committed to the Wildcats just one day after his second unofficial visit in Lexington, the same day he was extended an offer from Auburn.

Classified as a 3- or 4-star prospect by most recruiting services and ranked as one of the top JUCO players in the country, Leavitt should be a significant upgrade in talent for Kentucky’s offensive line.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops was clearly excited to hear about Leavitt's decision, tweeting:

— Written by Cody McClure, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a radio host and lead SEC Writer for Three Point Stance Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @CodyMcClureCFB.