Welcome to the #BBN, Naquez Pringle! The Georgetown, S.C., native comes to UK after playing the last two seasons at Itawamba CC (Miss.). Read all about him on UKAthletics.com. #WeAreUK
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Naquez Pringle, Defensive Line, 6-2, 330, Jr.-JC, Georgetown, S.C. (Carvers Bay/Itawamba CC) – Three-star defensive lineman out of Itawamba Community College (Miss.) … Had 21 tackles and a Tackle for a loss, adding a fumble recovery in 2015 for Itawamba … Is rated as the 25th best defensive tackle and the 31st best prospect in South Carolina by 247sports … Totaled 19 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one interception and blocked two kicks as a freshman for Itawamba … Coming out of high school, ESPN rated him as a three-star recruit, No. 66 at defensive tackle and the 20th best prospect in the state of South Carolina … As a senior at Carvers Bay, had 66 tackles and six sacks, earning invitations to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the 2013 Under Armour All-American Combine … Starred on both sides of the ball for Carvers Bay and after an injury to the starting kicker, stepped up and served as the team’s placekicker … Was coached by Nate Thompson at Carvers Bay who says, “He makes you look good. He works hard. He makes others work hard and makes them believe they can do what they want to do” … Had offers from Clemson and South Carolina out of high school.
Personal: Born in Georgetown, S.C. ... Son of Ben and Nakeya Armstrong … Major is physical education.
Coach Stoops on Pringle: “We are excited to have Naquez in the program. He is an extremely powerful and fundamental interior defensive lineman who was heavily recruited out of high school. We are very pleased he was able to enroll at Kentucky mid-year and that he will be able to work out and participate in spring practice. He will add much-needed depth to our defensive line.”