LEXINGTON, Ky. (CBS Sports) - Freshman interior offensive lineman Sebastien Dolcine and freshman linebacker Ashtan Pierre are leaving the Kentucky football program according to The Courier-Journal. A source has confirmed an earlier report from Kentucky Sports Radio that senior running back Sihiem King will transfer from the program as expected to pursue a graduate season.
Dolcine appeared in one game this season. New NCAA rules state that players are able to compete in up to four games while retaining a year of eligibility through a redshirt year. Dolcine joined the Wildcats out of Miramar (Fla.) Hollywood as part of the 2017 recruiting class. He was rated an 87 by 247Sports and was considered the nation's No. 31 offensive guard. He had been committed to UCF over offers from Temple and Wake Forest before flipping to UK.
Pierre signed with the Wildcats but did not enroll during the summer with the other freshmen. Instead, he delayed enrollment until the fall due to academics. He was rated a .8397 by the 247Sports Composite and is considered the nation's No. 100 athlete. After being recruited by co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Eddie Gran, Pierre committed to the Wildcats over offers from Michigan State, South Carolina, Iowa, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami and several others.
It has been expected that King would transfer for quite some time. He has been sitting behind Benny Snell and AJ Rose. King has been a dynamic asset when given the opportunity but carries have been hard to come by. The Georgia native played in two games this season. He had 12 carries for 58 yards. Originally from Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, the running back was rated a .8438 by 247Sports Composite and is considered the nation's No. 80 running back. King committed to the Wildcats on the day before National Signing Day in 2015. It was originally believed that he would sign with West Virginia. Instead, he followed Shannon Dawson to Lexington. He had taken additional official visits to Wake Forest and Washington State before committing.
Quarterback Danny Clark and cornerback Michael Nesbitt are leaving the program as well.
Mark Stoops' team is currently preparing to play in the Citrus Bowl Jan. 1. The time between the end of the regular season and the bowl game is spent practicing. It is an optimal time to work with youngest players. Transfers are commonplace in college football recruiting. Some prospects live up to expectations, others do not. It is all a part of balancing the roster to create space for the incoming early enrollees. The team announced outside Marquez Bembry, outside linebacker Jared Casey, offensive guard Eli Cox, defensive back Taj Dodson, safety Moses Douglass, cornerback Brandin Echols, defensive tackle Isaiah Gibson, wide receiver DeMarcus Harris and outside linebacker Tra Wilkins as early enrollees.