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NSD: Kentucky’s seven early enrollees

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The following players are already on campus…


ENROLLED: DANNY CLARK


Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.18.16 PM Danny Clark
Quarterback | 6-4 | 223 lbs.
Akron, OH | Archbishop Hoban
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | 13 Dual-QB Top247 No. 567 | 22 Pro-QB
Rivals – | Pro-QB Scout – | 25 QB

Bio: Clark committed to Ohio State early in his high school career and went as far as tattooing the Buckeyes logo on his arm, but when Ohio State continued to recruit his position, Clark reopened his recruitment and eventually became a Wildcat.

Expect him to start in 2017 and then compete for the starting QB job in 2018 and on. Don’t be surprised if he is Kentucky’s starter under center one day.

Comment from Coach Stoops: “Danny is an exceptional leader, competitor and winner, having led his team to two state championships.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Brash, bold, strong-armed QB that led his team to back-to-back state championships.


ENROLLED: JAMIN DAVIS


Jamin Davis
Linebacker| 6-4 | 210 lbs.
Ludawici, Georgia | Long County HS
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | 53 OLB Top247 No. 902 | 58 OLB
Rivals  – | – Scout  – | –

Bio: Davis is a massive linebacker with elite tackling ability. He has a high football IQ and takes smart angles to the ball carrier, making him a force on the field.

In his senior year, Davis finished with 126 tackles (89 solo), good for 14 tackles a game. Also had a sack, a fumble recovery, forced two fumbles, and blocked both a punt and a field goal.

Signed with Kentucky over Georgia Tech, Louisville, and NC State.

Comment from Coach Stoops: “Jamin is a prototype will (weakside) linebacker, a very athletic player with great length. He is an exceptional person and leader.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Seeks intelligent contact with high tackle production. Tall-rangy linebacker; leader.


ENROLLED: CEDRICK DORT


Cedrick Dort
Cornerback| 5-11 | 170 lbs.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL | Dwyer
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | 121 CB Top247 – | 157 CB
Rivals – | – Scout – | 124 CB

Bio: The early enrollee chose Kentucky over Wisconsin, Minnesota and Syracuse.  One reason why Dort came to Lexington early was to add bulk in UK’s strength and conditioning program.  Through two weeks he’s gained 8 pounds.  Dort boasts an extremely impressive stat from his senior season: he did not allow a TD pass, a first down pass or a pass over five yards during the regular season.  On a less serious note, Dort’s high school head coach is Jack Daniels.

Comment from Coach Stoops: “Cedric is a great cover corner. I’ve been familiar with that school for a long time and Cedric comes here from a winning program.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Didn’t allow a TD or miss a tackle as a high school senior. Former basketball player has only played 2 seasons of football. Boundless potential.


ENROLLED: LONNIE JOHNSON


Lonnie Johnson
Defensive Back (JUCO) | 6-3 | 190 lbs.
Gary, IN | Garden City CC/Gary West Side
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | – Top247 JUCO No. 51 | 4 S
Rivals – | – Scout – | –

Bio: It was a long road to the University of Kentucky for Lonnie Johnson, who will compete for playing time right away. The highly-touted defensive back out of Gary, Indiana committed to Ohio State out of high school, but turned to junior college when he couldn’t make the grade. After stops at San Bernardino Valley College and Garden City Community College, plus a failed attempt to enroll at Iowa State, Johnson buckled down and focused on his academics, allowing him to enroll at UK this spring.

Read more on Johnson’s long and difficult journey here.

Comment from Coach Stoops: “We’re very excited to add Lonnie. He has great size and athleticism, with the versatility to play multiple positions.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Can play CB, Safety, and Nickel. Immediate contributor on defense and special teams. Exceptional size/speed combination.


ENROLLED: BRYANT KOBACK


Bryant Koback
Running Back | 5-11 | 191 lbs.
Holland, OH | Springfield HS
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | 50 RB Top247 No. 531 | 32 RB
Rivals – | 39 RB Scout – | 47 RB

Bio: Bryant Koback’s senior season in Ohio got off to an amazing start, until a horrific leg injury put him out for the remainder of his high school career. The speedy back, once an Ohio State commit, enrolled at UK early to focus on rehabilitating the injury, and will sit out the spring as a precautionary measure. He could see touches as a freshman if he gets back to 100 percent before the fall.

Comment from Coach Stoops:Bryant is a great kid and a home run threat on the field.  He is an electric runner, with excellent vision and top-end speed.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Multiple cut, highly productive runner with 4.3 speed.


ENROLLED: CLEVAN THOMAS


Clevan Thomas
Wide Receiver| 5-11 | 190 lbs.
Miami, FL | Charles W. Flanagan
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | 143 WR Top247 – | 150 WR
Rivals – | 70 WR Scout – | 173 WR

Bio: The early enrollee’s father, Clevan Sr., was the starting cornerback for Florida State’s 1999 National Championship team.  Clevan Jr. knew he was legit once he beat his dad.  An explosive, physical receiver, Thomas immediately becomes the Cats most-physically gifted slot receiver.  With a semester of growing pains ahead, Thomas should be ready to receive significant playing time in the fall.  Thomas chose UK over UofL, Michigan, Syracuse and Vanderbilt.

Comment from Coach Stoops: “Clevan is an exciting wide receiver, an extremely tough competitor who has shown the athletic ability to play multiple positions. His father was a great player at Florida State and I see a lot of the same qualities in Clevan.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Extremely quick burst-change of direction receiver. Physically ready to play slot receiver now.


ENROLLED: WALKER WOOD


Walker Wood
Dual-Threat Quarterback | 6-1 | 187 lbs.
Lexington, KY | Lafayette
Highlights
★★★
ESPN – | 34 DT-QB Top247 No. 1279 | 25 DT-QB
Rivals – | 22 DT-QB Scout – | 62 QB

Bio: Walker Wood, a Lexington native, will get his shot at quarterback, where he completed 203 of 321 passes (63.2 percent) for 3,047 yards and 30 touchdowns in his senior season at Lafayette. But with the depth and potential at the QB position, many expect Wood to ultimately make a position change if he is going to see the field.

Comment from Coach Stoops: “Both of the quarterbacks in this class have similar qualities — Walker is an exceptional leader, competitor and winner. He’s a dual-threat quarterback who can be the most dangerous when a play breaks down.”

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Highly productive quarterback that will benefit from early enrollment to rehabilitate injured knee.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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