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It Looks Like Kentucky will have a Great National Signing Day


If all goes according to plan, Mark Stoops will be smiling from ear to ear on National Signing Day.

Tomorrow’s National Signing Day has a different feel than any other.  Instead of 20+ prospects signing, there will only be a handful thanks to the Early Signing Period.  Stoops and Vince Marrow used that opportunity to lock up an excellent class.  Here are the 20 who have already signed on the dotted line:

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

There is room for Kentucky to add up to five more players tomorrow.  Two have already committed to join the 2017 class, 6’9 350-pound offensive tackle Nick Lewis and Alabama All-State wide receiver LiAllen Dailey.  That leaves room for a few more studs to roll the dice.

The top two targets on Kentucky’s board are outside linebacker Chris Oats and running back Kavosiey Smoke.  Stoops, Marrow and Co. spent the last month searching for a few “needs” and the “best available” prospects.  Landing Smoke is a “need” and Oats is considered “best available.”  The Good News: I’m confident Smoke and Oats will sign with Kentucky tomorrow.  There’s a slight chance Smoke spurns UK for North or South Carolina, but I’m willing to bet a mortgage payment that Oats picks UK over Ohio State.

Kentucky’s 2018 class is currently ranked No. 37.  The two additions would move Kentucky up to No. 32, just ahead of UofL.

Smoke and Oats might not be the only surprise NSD additions.  There’s room for one more player and that might be former UK baseball signee Trevon Flowers.  The superstar shortstop was released from his National Letter of Intent by Nick Mingione after an excellent year on the football field as a free safety.  Flowers could turn down Tennessee to play two sports at the University of Kentucky.

All of the excitement will begin around 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow’s coverage might look a little different, but as always, we’ll have everything you need right here on KSR.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

27 responses to “It Looks Like Kentucky will have a Great National Signing Day”

  1. Catcasey1

    2 four stars!!!!!!

  2. Alleykat16

    I’m just as excited as anybody with tomorrow approaching I hope we can pull both Oats and Smoke and would wet my pants if they could pull another big time payer to go with what we got coming in so far

  3. UKCatAttack

    Unfortunately, We are still 9th in the SEC.

    1. Rembrandt

      There is another way to say this. UK’s recruiting rank within the SEC is climbing.

    2. ClutchCargo

      9th in the SEC is pretty darned solid.

    3. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE

      I agree, 9th in the SEC is great compared to 2nd to last like we use to have. And top 35 is good. Now we got to develop.

    4. UKCatAttack

      I’m not trying to be negative. I’m just stating facts. Stoops has got better classes and the big dogs in the SEC are still way ahead of us in recruiting. I hope we have some great players in this class and they all sound like solid prospects but my goal is to win the SEC and settling for anything else is… settling for mediocrity. I don’t think we are a mediocre program. We have the facilities, the stadium and we’ve proven we can win 7 games and make a bowl. At this point I would’ve expected a bigger jump in recruiting.

    5. UKCatAttack

      Also according to rivals Louisville is ahead of us at 29. And Missouri and Vandy are not far behind us at 34 and 35. They have a slightly better day than us tomorrow and they both leap frog us and we slide to 11th in SEC.

  4. UKfansNKY

    Ok, here go all the cry babies! 2- 4 star, 9th in the SEC, etc.

    THANKS Coaches! GREAT job and GO CATS!!

    1. notFromhere

      Yessir

  5. timewilltell

    Well at least they can’t be 1nDone.

  6. AFR0_SAMURAii

    When we can pull in a 5 star or 2 and multiple 4 stars then I’ll be excited.. I’m hyped out after the past 3 seasons

    1. Jazz1124

      Lmao this guy right here…. we don’t need you bud.

    2. ClutchCargo

      It’s fine to be hyped out and have a wait and see attitude; UK football fans have earned that right over many decades. But I do believe things are looking up.

    3. My Dixie Wrecked

      Fatt Elam was a 5-star, right?

  7. BigBlueToo

    Naysayers be gone. No room here for negativity. Find another team to follow. Looking forward to tomorrow. BTW the same folks complain about basketball. Never satisfied.

  8. G_Money

    Hate to say it, but the four and five star kids are the ones that we need to improve our W/L numbers. I love Stoops and his coaches but…

    1. Rembrandt

      But what? Cat got your tongue?

  9. BigBlueNationDude

    Low 30’s usually every year even with joker. Nothing new here

    1. Rembrandt

      False. You seem to be a low information poster.

    2. mm40

      BigBlueNationDude you need to check the facts before you speak. Like most, I believed UK underachieved last year, but the recruiting ranking prove your statement completely false. Joker had three recruiting classes. The SEC expanded to 14 teams starting with the 2012 recruiting class.
      Joker
      2010 – #11 SEC, #50 nationally
      2011- #11 SEC, #61 nationally
      2012 – #14 SEC, #62 nationally

      Stoops
      2013 – #13 SEC, #29 nationally
      2014 – #9 SEC, #17 nationally
      2015 – #13 SEC, #35 nationally
      2016 – #10 SEC, #28 nationally
      2017 – #10 SEC, #26 nationally

      It isn’t always about recruiting but saying recruiting hasn’t improved from Joker to Stoops is completely false

    3. UKCatAttack

      Joker was substantially worse at recruiting. But this class is par for the course for Stoops. In fact 32nd would be his second to last class since he’s been here. I thought we’d be top 20 by this point especially now that we have the facilities and the stadium.

  10. 8generationsblue

    A good class like previous classes under Stoops. Grading a class depends on what one’s goals are.

  11. Steven69

    I can’t ever remember being this excited about wildcat football. I love it. Go Cats

  12. notFromhere

    The idiots implying we need to develop better, need to understand something.

    Without getting better players than 9 other SEC teams, the Cats have been very competitive with those above them in the rankings. People try to spin it that Florida and UT are just “down” but they’ve been getting much higher rated classes than this staff for years based on their previous rep as a football school.

    The teams above UK are getting outcoached if we are anywhere close to beating them.

    1. UKCatAttack

      That’s at least partially correct but a lot goes into that besides coaching. If your QB has an off day , home vs away, injuries, players leaving early for the NFL, officiating etc. But I’ll agree that our coaches have done more with less than say Florida for example.

  13. bluegrassstu

    Going to be a good day Wednesday, a top 40 class woohoo. I am very excited.