By: LARRY VAUGHT
Alex Reigelsperger is ranked by ESPN as the nation’s 14th best defensive end in the 2018 recruiting class and one of the top 300 players at any position.
The Ohio junior recently gave his verbal commitment to Kentucky, and was a huge commitment for coach Mark Stoops. However, his best football likely still lies ahead.
“I didn’t really focus on football to be completely honest until after my freshman season,” the 6-5, 235-pound Reigelsperger said. “I played basketball until the end of my eighth grade year and then had a real bad injury. I broke my ankle and was out about nine months. I missed three games my freshman year. I got moved to varsity at the end of the season and the kid ahead of me actually inspired me to focus on football.”
His middle school basketball team was current football teammate L’Christian “Blue” Smith, a four-star receiver in the 2018 recruiting class who is being heavily pursued by Kentucky. He’s a consensus top 100 player nationally.
“I was no Blue in basketball but I was okay,” Reigelsperger said. “I actually have not grown much taller since eighth grade. Me and Blue have both only grown about an inch. In eighth grade, we were 6-4, 6-5. I am not saying we were sweet but we were a force to be reckoned with throwing lobs off the backboard and stuff like that.”
He’s already contemplating playing basketball his senior year if all goes well during football season.
Smith recently visited UK with Reigelsperger and many feel he’s also a Kentucky lean and future commit.
“I am not speaking much on that. Just know it is in the works,” Reigelsperger said.
He says being verbally committed to UK leaves him nothing to focus on but school, hitting the weights and winning a state championship next season.
So is his recruitment definitely over?
“I am not fully shutting it down. But I am done,” he said. “If someone like UCLA came in and wanted me to take an official visit, I am taking my family to Cal (California). Three days (of a visit) paid, I would take it,” he said. “But I know where I am at and where I will be in college already.”