New Kentucky pledge's commitment ceremony featured 2 friends with mullets, 'U-K' painted on their chests
New Kentucky commit Hayes Johnson certainly knows how to introduce himself to the Wildcat faithful.
Shortly after he announced his commitment, 2 of his friends took their shirts off to reveal “U-K” in blue paint on their chests. The friends, donning mullets, then sprinted back and forth on the stage — eventually causing the high school’s backdrop to fall on Johnson’s family.
Here’s video of the scene:
“For me this whole decision was based on how I was raised, I think for a boy growing up in Kentucky,playing sports, he’s got 2 dreams he either wants to be a Louisville Cardinal or Kentucky Wildcat and I wear Kentucky Blue”
— John Montgomery (@Monty4033) January 26, 2023
Here’s another photo from the ceremony:
Hayes Johnson picks Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/PNFMFsIK67
— Steven Peake (@StevenPeakeKSR) January 26, 2023
Johnson is Kentucky’s 1st commit in the class of 2024. Johnson is a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky. He attends Taylor County High School and listed at 6-foot-5, 295 pounds.
He chose the Wildcats over finalists Louisville, Tennessee, Baylor and Michigan State. During his commitment, he acknowledged his personal tie to the Wildcats.
“For me this whole decision was based on how I was raised, I think for a boy growing up in Kentucky, playing sports, he’s got 2 dreams,” Johnson said. “He either wants to be a Louisville Cardinal or Kentucky Wildcat and I wear Kentucky Blue.”
He’s the No. 1 overall player from the state of Kentucky, per 247Sports Composite rankings. Nationally, he’s ranked as the No. 555 player and the No. 45 offensive tackle.
Here are some highlights from Johnson’s junior season: