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15 Days till National Signing Day

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Ryan Timmons on Stoops’ 1st NSD. (The Falcon)

On February 3rd, Kentucky will unveil its new additions. As the time this post was sent to the KSR editorial staff, Mark Stoops currently has 24 commitments and/or early enrollees, ranked 30th overall by the 247 Composite Rankings.




-Stephen Johnson II JUCO early enrollee

-Gunnar Hoak early enrollee

Running Back-1

-Benny Snell

Offensive Line-4

-OT Tate Leavitt JUCO early enrollee

-C Drake Jackson early enrollee

-OT Landon Young

-OL Luke Fortner

Tight End-1

-Justin Rigg


-Dakota Holtzclaw early enrollee

-Kayaune Ross JUCO

Really hoping Holtzclaw can convince UK to wear the Power-K that he adorned during high school for Kilbourne. (Barbara J. Perenic |Columbus Dispatch)

Early Enrollee, Dakota Holtzclaw. (Barbara J. Perenic |Columbus Dispatch)


-MLB Kash Daniel early enrollee

-OLB Jordan Bonner JUCO

-MLB Roland Walder

-OLB Jamar “Boogie” Watson

Defensive Line-3

-DT Ja’Quize Cross

-DT Kordell Looney

-NT Naquez Pringle JUCO

Defensive End-1

-WDE Jaylin Bannerman

Defensive Back-3

-Devonte Robinson

-Tobias Gilliam

-Jordan Griffin


-Grant Mckinniss


-Za’Aire Hughes

-A.J. Rose

Zy'Aire Hughes of McCracken County

Zy’Aire Hughes of McCracken County

What’s next? At this stage in the game, programs can go in three directions…

1. Target and sign best available players on their big board. These signees are claimed regardless of position as teams focus on overall upgrading roster talent.

2.  Continue to recruit, flip, and sign positions of most need. Looking from afar, all three defensive line positions would fit into this category (Defensive End, Defensive Tackle, Nose Tackle). With 2.5 Tackles for Loss and 1 QB Sack returning, DL will be priority one going into the first Wednesday in February. Expect to see late Junior College additions.

3.  Sign under the radar players with peripheral circumstances. 2015’s OLB Josh Allen and DB Will Jackson fit in this mold. Allen due to moving from Alabama to New Jersey between his junior and senior season as well as a position change. Jackson missed his junior season and was not evaluated.

Win/loss results have frustrated a portion of the BBN fan base. Understandable. However, it’s undeniable that Mark Stoops’ staff has recruited at an unprecedented level. The 2016 Class has been strategically recruited to specific need in order to correct current personnel limitations. Defensive line was mentioned above.

Quarterback is another. One returning signal caller has taken game snaps. In 2015, Drew Barker completed 50% of his passes, threw 2 INT’s, 1 TD, and finished the season with a 92.7 Quarterback Efficiency Rating. Most likely, Barker will improve under the tutelage of Darin Hinshaw. However fair or not, his two-year stay in Lexington poses too much of a risk to not have contingency plans. Enter Stephen Johnson and Gunnar Hoak. Looming is another Spring Practice quarterback competition.


Stay tuned for updates over the next 15 days.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

3 Comments for 15 Days till National Signing Day

  1. GroundControlToNumber9
    11:02 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Give me more Benny Snell!

    Watch his video at Hudl

  2. GroundControlToNumber9
    11:03 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    The kid sheds tacklers like rainx.

  3. TWhite
    11:21 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    So…is Mikel changing numbers?