Justin Taylor had dreams of running to national titles with Alabama. He originally committed to play for the Crimson Tide as a three-star running back from Georgia, but he never made it to Tuscaloosa.
Instead, Taylor ended up at Kentucky where he redshirted last year. On Monday, Taylor was granted his release by Kentucky.
"We appreciate Justin's efforts and wish him the best as he continues his career," Coach Mark Stoops said in a statement.
Stoops said the 5-foot-10 back, who ran four times for nine yards in Kentucky's Blue-White Game, had "a lot of work to do" to earn playing time, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
At least four players appear to be in the mix for playing time, and Taylor was not one of them.
In addition to those four holdovers, Stoops, in his first year with the Wildcats, signed JoJo Kemp, one of the nation's top running backs.
Several unpublished reports on Monday had Taylor transferring to South Carolina State, the Herald Leader said. The South Carolina State sports information director would not confirm if Taylor was planning to play for the Bulldogs.