Boyle County’s Tommy Ziesmer commits to UK football team

Boyle County star Tommy Ziesmer, center, committed to the University of Kentucky on Saturday.

Boyle County star Tommy Ziesmer, center, committed to the University of Kentucky on Saturday.

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Tommy Ziesmer, one of the top 2023 football recruits in the state, has committed to the University of Kentucky.

Ziesmer, a defensive end at Boyle County High School in Danville, announced his decision on Twitter on Saturday evening. He became the sixth player in the class to announce a commitment to UK and the fourth from the commonwealth to do so.

Illustrated Cats reported earlier Saturday that Ziesmer had scheduled official visits to UK (June 10-12) and West Virginia (June 24-26). Neal Brown, a former player at Boyle County and offensive coordinator for Kentucky, is the head coach of the Mountaineers.

Rivals, the recruiting network of which Cats Illustrated is a part, rates Ziesmer as a three-star prospect and the No. 44 player nationally at striding defensive end. Another recruiting service, 247Sports, also has Ziesmer as a three-star recruit and the 44th-best player at “edge.”

Ziesmer has been part of consecutive state title teams at Boyle County, one of Kentucky’s winningest prep programs. He also plays tight end for the Rebels, who will look to make their fourth straight championship appearance this fall. Last year he finished with 61 tackles, 10 sacks and two touchdowns (one receiving, one via fumble recovery).

Ziesmer joined defensive back Ty Bryant (Frederick Douglass), running back Kaden Moorman (Franklin County) and offensive tackle Malachi Wood (Madison Central) as in-state recruits from whom UK has gotten commitments. The Wildcats also have commitments from Ohio tight end Tanner Lemaster and Nashville wide receiver Shamar Porter, currently the highest-ranked recruit in the class.

This story was originally published May 14, 2022 6:07 PM.

Josh Moore covers the University of Kentucky football team for the Lexington Herald-Leader, where he’s been employed since 2009. Moore, a Martin County native, graduated from UK with a BA in Integrated Strategic Communication and English in 2013. He’s a fan of the NBA, Power Rangers and PokĂ©mon.
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