LEXINGTON, Ky. - Auburn quarterback transfer Joey Gatewood (6-foot-4, 232), a native of Jacksonville, Florida, will visit Kentucky this weekend according to Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio. 247Sports' Steve Wiltfong has confirmed the report.
Gatewood announced his transfer from the Tigers in October. Tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow quickly hopped onto the case. Their interest intensified last week when Marrow visited the quarterback. Gatewood is now reciprocating the interest for the Wildcats' home game against Tennessee.
Based on his Twitter interactions, the Wildcats are one of a handful of programs involved. Mississippi State, Florida and LSU are some of the other programs in the mix. Wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. and cornerback Kelvin Joseph are the only players that the Florida native has followed since the announcement of his transfer.
In all likelihood, Gatewood would have to sit out next season. However, the NCAA ruled Ohio State quarterback Justin Field and Miami quarterback Tate Martell immediately eligible after their respective transfers. He redshirted during his freshman campaign but has played in seven games for Gus Malzahn's team in a reserve role this season. His career on The Plains ended having completed 5-of-8 passes for 54 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He added 32 carries for 176 yards and three touchdowns.
As a high school recruit in the 2018 class, the Elite 11 finalist was rated a .9749 by the 247Sports Composite. He was considered the nation's No. 1 athlete and the No. 49 prospect overall with offers from across the country.
UK has a commitment from Lexington (Ky.) Catholic quarterback Beau Allen in the 2020 recruiting class.