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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s 2017 Defensive Roster by Recruiting Ranking

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Wednesday was the annual ritual of every college football fanbase trying to reason why this group of 18-20 year olds will take their program to the next level.  But the fact of the matter is that college football recruiting and recruiting rankings is very much an inexact science.  Which is why a school like Boise State can be a national power and Tennessee isn’t anymore, despite what the recruiting rankings say each and every year.  Mark Stoops has certainly improved the talent drastically in his time in Lexington, both in the recruiting rankings and what has actually developed on the field.

But just what does the roster look like now simply based on recruiting rankings?  Today, we will simply look at the defense with the additions from yesterday.  You will see all the current scholarship players on roster ordered by class and how many stars they received at the time of their signing by Rivals.com.  While some guys had higher and lower star counts from other services, it is best to choose one and go with it.  You will see the following colors:

5-star player
4-star player
3-star player
2-star player

 

DEFENSIVE END
(2013) Alvonte Bell: 3-star (played in 12 games in 1 season, 4 starts)
(2014) Denzil Ware: 3-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 24 starts)
(2015) Kengera Daniel: 3-star (played in 11 games in 2 seasons, 0 starts)
(2016) Jaylin Bannerman: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) TJ Carter: 2-star (played in 11 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2017) Joshua Paschal: 4-star
(2017) Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald: 3-star
(2017) Jordan Wright: 3-star
(2017) Chris Whittaker: 3-star
(2017) Alex King: 3-star

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
(2013) Jacob Hyde: 3-star (played in 16 games in 3 seasons, 0 starts)
(2014) Matt Elam: 3-star (played in 35 games in 3 seasons, 9 starts)
(2014) Adrian Middleton: 3-star (played in 17 games in 2 seasons, 11 starts)
(2014) Tymere Dubose: 3-star (played in 15 games in 2 seasons, 0 starts)
(2015) Calvin Taylor: 2-star (played in 3 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Kordell Looney: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) Naquez Pringle: 2-star JUCO (played in 12 games in 1 season, 5 starts)
(2016) Ja’Quize Cross: 2-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2017) Phil Hoskins: 3-star
(2017) Quinton Bohanna: 3-star

LINEBACKER
(2013) Courtney Love: 3-star TRANSFER (played in 13 games in 1 season, 13 starts)
(2013) De’Niro Laster: 3-star TRANSFER (played in 5 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2014) Kobie Walker: 3-star (played in 3 games in 2 seasons, 2 starts)
(2014) Nico Firios: 3-star (played in 16 games in 2 seasons, 0 starts)
(2015) Eli Brown: 4-star (played in 12 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2015) Jordan Jones: 3-star (played in 21 games in 2 seasons, 13 starts)
(2015) Josh Allen: 3-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 9 starts)
(2016) Kash Daniel: 4-star (played in 13 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Jordan Bonner: 3-star (played in 11 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Roland Walder: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) Jamar Watson: 2-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2017) Jamin Davis: 3-star

CORNERBACK
(2014) Kendall Randolph: 4-star (played in 32 games in 3 seasons, 0 starts)
(2015) Chris Westry: 3-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 25 starts)
(2015) Derrick Baity: 3-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 17 starts)
(2015) Kei Beckham: 3-star (played in 1 game in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Jordan Griffin: 4-star (played in 8 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Davonte Robinson: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) Tobias Gilliam: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2017) Tyrell Ajian: 4-star
(2017) Yusuf Corker: 3-star
(2017) Lonnie Johnson: 3-star
(2017) Michael Nesbitt: 3-star
(2017) Cedrick Dort: 2-star

SAFETY
(2014) Darius West: 4-star (played in 10 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2014) Mike Edwards: 4-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 18 starts)
(2015) Marcus Walker: 3-star (played in 9 games in 1 season, 0 starts)

In total, Kentucky currently has 47 defensive scholarship players and of those, there were:

-SIX 4-star players
-THIRTY FIVE 3-star players
-SIX 2-star players

Article written by Bryan the Intern