UK recruit Fearbry not always focused on football

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Top 200 recruit Tyreese Fearbry of Pennsylvania was not all-in with football growing up.

“I played football but that was it. I was not really all that into football,” said the linebacker. “I never really watched college football or NFL on TV until two or three years ago. Honestly, I really haven’t watched college football that much.”

Fearbry is a talented athlete who also runs track and plays basketball. He weighs 230 pounds but ran the 100-meter dash in 11.63 seconds and the 200 in 23.93 seconds last season. He also had a best long jump of 19 feet, 2 inches.

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His junior football season he averaged 5.8 tackles and one sack per game during his five-game season and also ran 10 times for 94 yards and one score.

He wants to put on more weight before he gets to Kentucky and develop his pass rush moves.

“Coach (Brad) White has told me what I need to do and how to fix it. Overall I feel like I am doing pretty good but I am already anxious to get to the next level (college) and see what I have to fix,” he said.

Fearbry, a Pittsburgh resident, was a one-time Penn State commit but knows what playing in the SEC can mean.

“Everybody says the SEC is where the dogs are made,” he said. “Everybody is a top team in the SEC. Everyone in the SEC is really competitive. The SEC has separated itself from the Pac 12, Big Ten, ACC. Playing in the SEC, that is a really big deal for me or anybody.”