Kentucky time for CHS alum Denzel Ware

Denzel Ware

Former Crestview High School defensive end Denzel Ware starts classes at the University of Kentucky on Thursday as he begins preparation for his freshman season on the Wildcat football team.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 05:39 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Former Crestview High School football player Denzel Ware’s emotions run deep this week as he embarks on his football career at the University of Kentucky.

Ware, who left for Lexington, Ky., Sunday, starts classes Thursday.

“My emotions are mixed up because I’m ready to go play college football, but I’m not ready to leave my friends and family behind,” he said after Friday morning’s graduation rehearsal. “This year I made great bonds with people I should have met a long time ago.

“...A lot of people don’t know my situation, but the people I feel comfortable sharing with are the ones I’ve become close to because they really understand where I was coming from and what my pressure was.”

Choosing the Wildcats

Ware originally committed to play for Florida State during his junior year before switching his pledge to Kentucky. Ware struggled with his commitment to the Wildcats for a brief time last spring, but early last summer he declared he was all Kentucky.

Ware said firming up his decision early allowed him to enjoy his senior year.

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