Eli Brown, who started five games for Kentucky in 2017, will transfer. A UK spokeswoman confirmed the news Friday evening.
Brown was set to enter his junior season with the Wildcats. When Jordan Jones injured his shoulder early last season, it was Brown who started in his place at weakside linebacker.
The Bowling Green, Ky., native was ninth on the team with 38 tackles last season. He had two tackles for a loss.
“Being a UK Wildcat was an honor and a privilege,” Brown tweeted Friday night. “I learned a lot about myself as well as the game of football. My time as a Wildcat has come to an end. But I’m walking away a better athlete and better young man. UK will forever be in my heart.”
Brown was a sure bet to be a part of Kentucky’s linebacker rotation in 2018. He was listed as the second-team weakside linebacker behind Jones at the end of last season.
Brown was the No. 1 prospect in Kentucky’s 2015 signing class. He was the No. 2 prospect in the state and a U.S. Army All-American.
It’s unclear why he decided to transfer.