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Kentucky Trio of Nashville Area Players Enter Transfer Portal

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A trio of Kentucky football players from the Nashville area entered the transfer portal on Monday, confirmed by 247 Sports’ recruiting services.

All three players did receive an offer from Tennessee originally on the recruiting trail.

Kentucky’s three players from the Nashville area included quarterback Destin Wade, outside linebacker Keaten Wade, and wide receiver Shamar Porter.

The Wade twins, as they were commonly referred to during their time in the recruiting world, were a highly talked-about pair from the Midstate. The Vols made it to the end of the brothers’ recruitment but they decided to take their talents to Lexington instead of Knoxville.

Keaten Wade was a four-star linebacker prospect and the fifth-ranked player from the state of Tennessee in the class of 2022 according to 247 Composite. Destin Wade, on the other hand, was ranked as a four-star prospect and the No. 13 player in the state of Tennessee. The brothers played their high school ball for Summit in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Keaten Wade (6-foot-5) recorded four total tackles (two assisted, two solo) and one tackle for loss against Tennessee this past year in October 2023. Destin Wade has not seen any action for the Wildcats this season. Despite both being in the Kentucky program for two years, Keaten will be a rising junior while Destin will be a rising redshirt sophomore.

Destin Wade (6-foot-3) only has one career game under his belt, starting the 2022 TransPerfect Music City Bowl against Iowa and completing 16 of 30 passes for 98 yards, along with 17 rushes for a net of 23 yards. Keaten Wade has a total of 51 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks during 25 games in his two-year career.

Both Keaten and Destin Wade entered the transfer portal on Monday. 247’s Matt Zenitz and Chris Hummer first reported the Keaten Wade news while On3 reported the Destin Wade news.

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The other player included in the trio is Shamar Porter, a freshman receiver who just wrapped up his first year with the Wildcats. 247’s Matt Zenitz and Chris Hummer first reported the news. Porter played his high school ball at Ensworth in Nashville, Tennessee. Porter was a four-star prospect in the class of 2023 and the No. 6 player in the state according to 247 Sports Composite.

The 6-foot-3 receiver suffered an ankle injury during the Wildcats’ preseason camp and was only able to see one game on the field this past season.

Porter was the highest-ranked prospect in Kentucky’s 2023 recruiting class.

The Wildcats now have 10 players in the transfer portal according to 247.

For a look at Tennessee’s latest outgoing activity in the transfer portal, click here.

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