Vito Tisdale - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • position Safety
  • height 6-1
  • Weight 201
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Bowling Green, Ky.
  • High school Bowling Green

2021 – Sophomore

  • Played in nine games with two starting assignments, his first career start came vs. Vanderbilt … Also started vs. Iowa
  • Totaled 21 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry
  • Led the Wildcats in tackles with six vs. Tennessee
  • Had his first career sack and first career pass breakup at Mississippi State … Also finished with a five tackles
  • Had three tackles in the win over Iowa in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl

2020 – Freshman

  • Had 20 tackles, and 0.5 TFL in 10 games played
  • Totaled a career-high six tackles in the win over NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

High School

  • Ranked the No. 3 Kentucky prospect and a top-20 safety in the class of 2020 by 247sports
  • Announced his decision during the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas
  • Named a U.S. Army All-American and first-team All-State member after totaling 88 total tackles (26 solo), four interceptions and two fumble recoveries during his senior season
  • Named honorable mention for the 2019 Class of the Commonwealth by the Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Four-year starter for head coach Mark Spader at Bowling Green High School
  • Also returned kicks
  • His defensive prowess helped lead the Purples to a 9-4 record and a semifinal appearance in the Class 5A playoffs in 2019
  • Also participated in track at BGHS
  • Chose UK over Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M


  • Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Son of Vito Tisdale and Erica Cherry
  • Siblings are Napoleon, Sydney, Blue, and Meadow
  • Major is community and leadership development

Vito Says

  • He chose Kentucky because it’s home
  • Three words to describe him are chill, calm, and sweet
  • One word to describe him on the field is “dangerous”
  • If he could eat one thing for the rest of his life he would eat tacos
  • His sports hero is Sean Taylor
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