LEXINGTON, Ky. — Lima Central Catholic’s Darius West will miss his freshman football season at the University of Kentucky after suffering a leg injury in practice on Tuesday.
West, a safety had impressed Kentucky’s coaches early in fall camp, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.
“It’s a real shame,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said. “He’s a good player. He’s everything we thought he was going to be. Really talented football player.
“He came in with an injury. We thought it was healed up. Didn’t work out,” Stoops said, according to a press conference transcript.
West suffered a broken right tibia in June 2013 and broke the same bone again in a workout in January.
He was ranked the No. 8 player in Ohio and the No. 18 cornerback nationally by espn.com in the 2014 recruiting class. He was expected to be in the two-deep in the Wildcats defensive backfield, which ranked last nationally in interceptions in 2013.
On national signing day in February, Stoops said, “We need him to be ready. He’s a guy that I’d be shocked if he didn’t come in and have an immediate impact. Darius is a very, very explosive guy.”