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KSR’s 2018 Kentucky Football National Signing Day Live Thread


National Signing Day is here!  Today Mark Stoops will complete his 2018 Kentucky football recruiting class.

After signing 20 talented prospects during the first ever Early Signing Period, Stoops’ staff has spent the last six weeks finding the perfect fits to fill the final five spots.  Two players committed after official visits — LiAllen Dailey and Nick Lewis — and are expected to fax in National Letters of Intent in the early morning.  A few more players could roll the dice and surprise the Big Blue Nation this morning.

Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow will speak with the media at noon.  Outside of that, it’s hard to know what to expect on the first NSD following an early signing period.

Normally today is filled with fax after fax.  That already happened in December.  Without the early morning influx of chaos or an online broadcast, today will look much different than any other NSD.  I don’t know what’s going to happen, but it’s going to be a wild ride.  Stay tuned.


10:30, That’s a Wrap — We’re going to shut down this Live Thread.  There’s probably not going to be one more surprise.  With Oats and Smoke in the fold, that’s more than enough pleasant surprises for one day.  We’ll be back with more from Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow at Noon.


10:27, (Nick) Oats is 122% Committed — I appreciate Oats’ official announcement on Twitter.  He’s not 100 percent, he’s 122 percent.

@ChristopherOats


10:22, Trevon Flowers to Tennessee 


10:20, (Nick) A look at UK’s 2018 Class — We’re still waiting to hear from Trevon Flowers, although I’m not optimistic.  If the class is finalized with the following 24 members, it will be ranked No. 34 overall and No. 11 in the SEC by the 247 Composite Rankings.

Kentucky Football 2018 Signees

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Marquan McCallOGOak Park, Mi.6-43204-star
Darian KinnardOTCleveland, Oh.6-73364-star
Terry WilsonQBOmaha, Ne.6-21803-star
Chris OatsOLBCincinnati, Oh.6-42154-star
DeAndre SquareS/OLBDetroit, Mi.6-12003-star
Brenden BatesTECincinnati, Oh.6-52303-star
Stanley GarnerCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-31803-star
Quintin WilsonCCincinnati, Oh. 6-32903-star
Marvin AlexanderWRHollywood, Fl.6-31753-star
Kavosiey SmokeRBWetumpka, Al.6'2153-star
Jamari BrownCBPompano Beach, Fl.6-31803-star
Davoan HawkinsDEHollywood, Fl.6-42703-star
Akeem HayesATH/WRHollywood, Fl.5-101753-star
Keaton UpshawTELima, Oh.6-72253-star
Bryce Oliver WRFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-32053-star
Christopher RodriguezRBMcDonough, Ga.5-112003-star
Ashtan PierreATHDeerfield Beach, Fl.6-21913-star
Nick LewisOTJacksonville, Fl.6-93503-star
Domonique WilliamsJUCO CBKnoxville, Tn.5-101903-star
Kenneth HorseyOTSeminole, Fl. 6-43253-star
Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone DTManchester, Ga.6-4195N/A
LiAllen DaileyWRPinson, Al.6-42003-star
Chance PooreKAnderson, Sc.6-32003-star
Max DuffyPWestern Australia6-11763-star

10:09, Freddie’s Take on Lewis — Look at Mike Leach’s track record of identifying pass blockers. Lewis was a Washington St commit. Huge lineman. Adds to what I think is Stoops’ best OL class ever.


10:04, Freddie’s Take on Dailey — Late bloomer, caught 23 TD passes as a senior on state title team. 1st Team 6A all State, receiving yards as a senior rank top 10 in Alabama history.


9:58, LiAllen Dailey is Official — Mark Stoops’ Twitter account congratulated the Alabama wide receiver for joining the Kentucky family.


SIGNED: LiALLEN DAILEY


LiAllen Dailey
Wide Receiver | 6-3 | 198 lbs.
Pinson, Al. | Pinson Valley
Highlights
ESPN  — | 178 WR Top 247 No. 855 | 125 WR
Rivals — | 95 WR 247 Comp. No. 697 | 112 WR

Bio:  The tall outside target helped lead Pinson Valley to an Alabama 6A State Title.  Considered a late-bloomer, his numbers forced schools to pay attention.  Dailey caught 80 passes for 1,441 yards (Top 10 in state history) and 23 TD catches to earn First Team All-State honors.  Dailey picked Kentucky over Louisville.


9:55, Mark Stoops welcomes Chris Oats to the Class


9:51, Freddie’s Take on Smoke — Kentucky needed Kavosiey Smoke and Smoke needed UK. Perfect stylistic fit for Eddie Gran who has helped develop Benny Snell into one of the nation’s best. Powerful, yet deceptively fast; Smoke has a chance to force his way into the rotation.


9:48, (Nick) Nick Lewis’ Signing Day Ceremony — It appears the 6’9 offensive lineman has officially made his pledge to UK.

@1BollesFootball


SIGNED: NICK LEWIS


Nick Lewis 
Offensive Tackle | 6-9 | 350 lbs.
Jacksonville, Fl. | The Bolles School
Highlights
ESPN  — | 85 OT Top 247 No. 720 | 55 OT
Rivals — | — 247 Comp. No. 836 | 71 OT

Bio: The largest player to ever commit to Mark Stoops’ Kentucky Wildcats, before he pledged to come to Kentucky he was a Washington State commit.  Prior to that he protected the blind side of Mac Jones as The Bolles School’s left tackle.  A Blue-Grey All-American, Lewis has a reputation as an excellent pass rusher.  The addition of Lewis is the cherry on top of John Schlarman’s excellent offensive line class, arguably his best to date.


9:41 — YAHTZEE!


SIGNED: KAVOSIEY SMOKE


Kavosiey Smoke
Running Back | 6-0 | 215 lbs.
Wetumpka, Al. | Wetumpka
Highlights
ESPN  — | 83 RB Top 247 No. 647 | 54 ATH
Rivals — | 29 RB 247 Comp. No. 575 | 46 ATH

Bio:  The powerful running back is exactly what the UK offense needed on National Signing Day.  Down one man in the running back room, the Cats found a bruiser with one badass name.  Smoke turned down North and South Carolina to become a Wildcat.  He’ll be teammates at Kentucky with a guy who beat him in the Alabama 6A State Final, LiAllen Dailey.


9:38 — Smoke Live Stream


9:36, (Nick) DON’T GEEK — The Kentucky blue bow tie bodes well for Kentucky.

@Stephen_Gunter


9:30, (Nick) WE HAVE HATS — I don’t know if we’re going to get a stream, but at least we got hats.

@Stephen_Gunter


9:24, (Nick) Decision Incoming —  Kavosiey Smoke’s decision is about five minutes away.  This Facebook page plans on having a Live Stream.  If they do go live, I’ll embed it on this post.

Pinson, Alabama wide receiver LiAllen Dailey is also expected to sign an NLI to Kentucky around 9:30 ET.


9:14, Freddie’s Take on Oats

Chris Oats was near the top or Kentucky’s number one target in the Class of 2018. The measuring stick for elite Ohio talent is gauged by if Ohio State and Michigan offers. Oats had both. I project him inside to Mike LB. Significant get for Vince Marrow for many reasons. 6’4 215 now, can be 230 and still possess top-level speed to cover sideline-to-sideline.

[MAGGARD: Oats Compares to Former SEC, NFL Linebacker]


9:01 YAHTZEE!

Mike Dyer of WCPO reports Oats has signed with UK.


SIGNED: CHRIS OATS


Chris Oats 
Linebacker | 6-4 | 215 lbs.
Cincinnati, Oh. | Winton Woods
Highlights
ESPN  — | 19 OLB Top 247 No. 246 | 20 OLB
Rivals — | 31 OLB 247 Comp. No. 325 | 22 OLB

Bio:  One of the most-talented players in the 2018 class also has a ton of upside.  The versatile linebacker is one of the best in America.  He has the athleticism and the intuition to do it all.  All that Oats lacks is the muscle, but he has the frame to get there.

A National Signing Day addition, Ohio State tried to get the Cincinnati linebacker to commit two summers ago, but this time Stoops and Marrow get the last laugh.


8:52, Nick — It’s a bad day for football Tweeters.  A few college football accounts were suspended on the worst day possible because they’ve reportedly used too many copyrighted songs in highlighted videos.  The most notable suspension is Missouri.

@GabeDeArmond

Mizzou’s account has since been reactivated after a rough start to the day.


Nick, 8:46 — From Early Enrollee Stanley Garner:


Freddie, 8:43 — New recruiting cycle taking time to get used to, we were close to being finished with incoming faxes in past NSD shows by this time.


Nick, 8:41 — Who knows if Trevon Flowers will pick UK.  After the shortstop/safety visited Tennessee and Clemson this weekend, they are probably in a better spot.  Even if he doesn’t pull the trigger and sign with UK for the second time, we still have the coolest recruiting picture ever.

@tresmoove1


Nick, 8:29 — Could UK land Leonard Taylor?  Another longtime UK target will probably not be a surprise NSD addition.

Kentucky made Taylor’s Top Four, along with UofL, Texas A&M and Cincinnati, but over the last month things are tending away from UK.  A tight end and defensive end (who actually played QB this year), UK wants him to play defense, but he prefers offense.  The likeliest destination for the Springfield, Ohio prospect is Cincinnati.


Freddie, 8:22 — While impatiently wait on Smoke and Oats; remember that Dailey and Lewis are commits, not signees yet. Waiting on their faxes as well.


Nick, 8:14 — Kavosiey Smoke appeared on WSFA-TV last night to preview his decision and reveal his final three choices: Florida Atlantic, North Carolina and Kentucky.  It’s a bit of a surprise to not see South Carolina, a good one for the BBN.


Freddie, 8:04 — Been at my desk since 4:00 a.m.

Chris Oats’ high school Winon Woods is closed today.  Word is that Winton Woods players may sign at 9:00 and postpone the ceremony until Thursday.  Not confirmed.


Nick, 8:00 — A look at the 20 players already signed up in 2018:

Kentucky Football 2018 Signees

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Marquan McCallOGOak Park, Mi.6-43204-star
Darian KinnardOTCleveland, Oh.6-73364-star
Terry WilsonQBOmaha, Ne.6-21803-star
Chris OatsOLBCincinnati, Oh.6-42154-star
DeAndre SquareS/OLBDetroit, Mi.6-12003-star
Brenden BatesTECincinnati, Oh.6-52303-star
Stanley GarnerCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-31803-star
Quintin WilsonCCincinnati, Oh. 6-32903-star
Marvin AlexanderWRHollywood, Fl.6-31753-star
Kavosiey SmokeRBWetumpka, Al.6'2153-star
Jamari BrownCBPompano Beach, Fl.6-31803-star
Davoan HawkinsDEHollywood, Fl.6-42703-star
Akeem HayesATH/WRHollywood, Fl.5-101753-star
Keaton UpshawTELima, Oh.6-72253-star
Bryce Oliver WRFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-32053-star
Christopher RodriguezRBMcDonough, Ga.5-112003-star
Ashtan PierreATHDeerfield Beach, Fl.6-21913-star
Nick LewisOTJacksonville, Fl.6-93503-star
Domonique WilliamsJUCO CBKnoxville, Tn.5-101903-star
Kenneth HorseyOTSeminole, Fl. 6-43253-star
Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone DTManchester, Ga.6-4195N/A
LiAllen DaileyWRPinson, Al.6-42003-star
Chance PooreKAnderson, Sc.6-32003-star
Max DuffyPWestern Australia6-11763-star

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

25 responses to “KSR’s 2018 Kentucky Football National Signing Day Live Thread”

  1. Geo_Armstrong

    Smoke and Oats is a terrific name for a hipster breakfast / brunch restaurant

    1. InigoMontoya

      Especially in Colorado!

  2. UKInsider

    Kavosiey was really nervous. He should pour himself a drink (when he turns 21) and enjoy signing with BBN: http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/35u3bf

  3. JohnnyCheeseSticks

    Can’t wait to see these dudes in action along with our returners. Stoked.

  4. daddydumplin

    The UK hat looks like a general dollar special.

    1. ClutchCargo

      He will be getting a new one very soon.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      LOL! I have that EXACT same hat and I found it at Walmart YEARS ago for about 5 bucks (it’s rare to find Kentucky hats in central Alabama). It’s a great hat actually. It’s comfortable and still not worn out after like 15 or 16 years (except I let it fly off and get run over by go carts recently) and a few washings, and I don’t give a rip about a Nike swoosh or a 47 sticker that adds 30 or 40 bucks to the cost.

      Anyway, YAHTZEE!!!

  5. ClutchCargo

    Aww hell yeah!!

  6. Duff86

    that UK hat is the old logo and little worn. Someones been a UK fan for a while.

    1. JD

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. The other two look brand new.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Maybe he honored Stoops by asking for one of his lids.

  7. Brutal Hustler

    PHEW! When Smoke reached down for that 4th hat under the table, I was sure it was gonna be a S Carolina hat. Thank goodness I was wrong

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      I know right! And when it was white I knew it could be any of the 3, so I was relieved when I saw the BIG blue logo and not baby blue or red.

  8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    UK gets a Smoke!!!

    *Okay, I know I already used that on like 2 other threads, but it got me pumped, especially since his town is just up the road from mine!

  9. Realme

    Thanks Nick and Freddie!

  10. ClutchCargo

    What a morning! I am more than fine with this 2018 class. People can say 9th place SEC or whatever, but areas of need and quality depth have been addressed with these guys.

    1. My Dixie Wrecked

      11th in the SEC, but who’s counting. Next stop College Football Playoffs. Good thing we scheduled all those tough out of conference games.

  11. JamesWorleyIII

    Chris, did you buy it at the Atlanta Highway Walmart? That’s where I bought that same hat as well.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Wow! Yes I did! The old one, not the current super one. I won’t ask for your addy, but are you in Montgomery?

  12. JamesWorleyIII

    Yes, lived here since 1991. I live in the Bellwood/Woodmere area.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      I’m not far. Montgomery East. Been here since 1984.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      It really is a small world sometimes!

  13. CombatMedic_98

    Need more top tier players…need those “big gits” next year…role dice for some 5-stars!

    1. drew_123

      There’s only so many 5 stars in a class unfortunately. They need to focus on personnel and upper end 4 star players. Even the best programs struggle to get 5 star players, and we’re not quite there yet.

  14. highway119

    I think that this is a great overall class. For the most part, the players we seriously went after, or at least the ones we the fans were made aware of, we got. The only two who decommited, we went out and got players pretty equal to, if not better.
    I remember when getting a 4 star was huge, and most of our recruits were low 3 and 2 stars with offers from lesser schools. Now, we seem to consistently beat out other major programs in and out of the SEC. Is it AL or GA’s recruiting class? No, but it consistently seems to be heading in the right direction. The two new additions in the staff also seem like solid hires. Can’t wait for the Spring Game!