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A look at Kentucky’s finalized 2019 recruiting class

Marks Stoops and his staff signed the vast majority of next season’s recruiting class during the early-signing period back in December, but Wednesday’s addition of MJ Devonshire officially capped off Kentucky’s incoming roster.

“Pleased to announce the addition of MJ,” Stoops said Wednesday afternoon. “Really good player, has great size, great speed, very versatile player who can play offense [and] he can play defense. We needed him – we needed to add another athlete to the class.”

Now that Devonshire has signed on the dotted line, take a look at Kentucky’s final recruiting class for the 2019 season.

UK finished with the No. 34 class nationally and the No. 12 class in the SEC. With a final number of 22 signees (plus two JUCO transfers, Eli James and Javonte Robinson), there will be two scholarships available in case Stoops decides to add any more transfers. Otherwise, the spots can carry over for the 2020 class.

Kentucky Football Class of 2019

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight247 Sports
MJ DevonshireCBAliquippa, PA5-111704-star, ..8816
Jared CaseyLBLouisville, KY6-32354-star, .8958
JJ WeaverOLBLouisville, KY6-62404-star, .8937
Moses DouglassSSpringfield, OH6-22004-star, .8906
Javonte RichardsonWR (JUCO)Maple Heights, OH6-42103-star, .8838
Shawnkel Knight-GoffOLB/ATHLouisville, KY6-42153-star, .8788
KD McDanielOLB/DETifton, GA6-32503-star, .8763
Travis TisdaleRBVoldosta, GA5-81653-star, .8762
Taj DodsonCBFairburn, GA6-21803-star, .8739
Isaiah GibsonDT Springfield, OH 6-43003-star, .8722
Demontae "TaeTae" CrumesWRLouisville, KY6-11653-star, .8688
Marquez BembryOLBAtlanta, GA6-32253-star, .8669
Nik Ognenovic TEFt. Lauderdale, FL6-5`2353-star, .8668
Cavon ButlerDTToledo, OH6-32903-star, .8626
Brandin EcholsCB (JUCO)Southaven, MS6-01803-star, .8602
Tra WilkinsILBStone Mountain, GA6-22103-star, .8506
Jalen GeigerCBColumbia, SC6-01853-star, .8480
Nik ScalzoQBFt. Lauderdale, FL5-111853-star, .8475
Amani GilmoreQBAmite, LA6-21753-star, .8431
DeMarcus HarrisWRVero Beach, FL6-21703-star, .8398
Jake PopeOTFt. Lauderdale, FL6-72753-star, .8385
Eli CoxOGNicholasville, KY6-42953-star, .8323
Eli JamesDT (JUCO)Oswego, IL6-43003-star, .8217
Quandre MoselyCBBrunswick, GA6-11953-star, .89

Article written by Maggie Davis

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18 Comments for A look at Kentucky’s finalized 2019 recruiting class



  1. ricko52
    10:44 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Decent class,some very good talent at dB and lb but it really stings when 6 4* players leave the state,imagine what this class would been ranked with them,it is also key to keep this talent here to go to next level and compete for East title and championship.



    • Alex90
      11:00 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

      They played for the East Title this year, next step is winning the East.



  2. UKfansNKY
    10:51 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    GO CATS!!



  3. notFromhere
    10:58 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    They already are competing for the SEC East title with the recruiting they’ve been doing. Theyll get the players they want and need. I like the guys they got and am excited to see what they do in Lexington. Wouldn’t trade them for anyone.

    UK wants the ones that want to be here. Not everyone wants to put the team first. Not everyone wants to be in KY. They won enough that there’s no reason not to stay except just not wanting to be here, so whining about them is pointless.



    • bbn606
      9:10 am February 8, 2019 Permalink

      I think they recruited to their needs really well.



  4. UKFan7787
    11:01 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    So, what’s the latest with Javonte Richardson and Elijah “Eli” James? According to CatsIllustrated, it shows “Previously committed” for both profiles. On James’ profile, it says he signed a LOI to LU on 2/06/2019 so I don’t think the list above is totally accurate. Javonte’s twitter still shows love to the Cats but nothing officially has been said about either..from what I’ve read.



  5. mothandras
    11:18 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Hopefully there is a stand out in this class coming in.. we are losing a lot on paper with a tougher schedule, we may not be bowling again next year.



    • secrick
      11:22 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Don’t think the schedule is tougher, could be wrong but looks easier to me.



    • Middy
      1:36 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Schedule is definitely easier. 8 home games and Arkansas in lieu of A&M. Plus Mizzou will probably be easier game due to probation. Miss St losing a 4 year starter at QB plus a couple studs off their D line is probably also an easier game than recent years.



  6. dismore
    11:28 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Good class but honestly thought after this season we would have a little more recruiting momentum and finish a bit higher ranked.



  7. rickwhitetx
    11:56 am February 7, 2019 Permalink

    All 3 and 4 star recruits. Not too long ago we would have been excited to have a single 3 star recruit.



  8. Rick_S
    12:02 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Very, very, very poor class..If we want to compete for the SEC crown we have to have much better..12th in the league will not cut it..Look for more 6-7 win years….



    • highway119
      12:33 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, we need to forget these 2 and 3 star players like Josh Allen and Benny Snell that Stoops and them have been getting, and go for more 4 stars. I know we need talent, but talent isn’t always based on how many stars they have by their name. We have had several of those 4 stars recently that have been more bust than boom. At some point, you need to trust in the program and what these coaches are doing. If you haven’t bought in after 2 7-win and a 10-win season, maybe you just need to go cheer for loserville or something.



    • N-UR-i
      12:35 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      False. Solid class. Gonna be a good year.



    • krautdog
      3:39 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      Agreed. There aren’t many Benny Snells & Josh Allen’s out there! 12th & 34th don’t cut it !!!



    • catsarerunnin
      4:31 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      No need to scream..



  9. Robinson73
    6:33 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

    Where’s all the the LOVE for this TEAM? We just won 10 games. If U can’t get behind this team. Find another one.



    • notFromhere
      9:51 pm February 7, 2019 Permalink

      EXactly! Tired ofthe ingrates that are never happy about anything. They can Go Fkthmslvs