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
|Marquan McCall||OG||Oak Park, Mi.||6-4||320||4-star|
|Darian Kinnard||OT||Cleveland, Oh.||6-7||336||4-star|
|Terry Wilson||QB||Omaha, Ne.||6-2||180||3-star|
|Chris Oats||OLB||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-4||215||4-star|
|DeAndre Square||S/OLB||Detroit, Mi.||6-1||200||3-star|
|Brenden Bates||TE||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-5||230||3-star|
|Stanley Garner||CB||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-3||180||3-star|
|Quintin Wilson||C||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-3||290||3-star|
|Marvin Alexander||WR||Hollywood, Fl.||6-3||175||3-star|
|Kavosiey Smoke||RB||Wetumpka, Al.||6'||215||3-star|
|Jamari Brown||CB||Pompano Beach, Fl.||6-3||180||3-star|
|Davoan Hawkins||DE||Hollywood, Fl.||6-4||270||3-star|
|Akeem Hayes||ATH/WR||Hollywood, Fl.||5-10||175||3-star|
|Keaton Upshaw||TE||Lima, Oh.||6-7||225||3-star|
|Bryce Oliver||WR||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-3||205||3-star|
|Christopher Rodriguez||RB||McDonough, Ga.||5-11||200||3-star|
|Ashtan Pierre||ATH||Deerfield Beach, Fl.||6-2||191||3-star|
|Nick Lewis||OT||Jacksonville, Fl.||6-9||350||3-star|
|Domonique Williams||JUCO CB||Knoxville, Tn.||5-10||190||3-star|
|Kenneth Horsey||OT||Seminole, Fl.||6-4||325||3-star|
|Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone||DT||Manchester, Ga.||6-4||195||N/A|
|LiAllen Dailey||WR||Pinson, Al.||6-4||200||3-star|
|Chance Poore||K||Anderson, Sc.||6-3||200||3-star|
|Max Duffy||P||Western Australia||6-1||176||3-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.