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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s 2017 Offensive Roster by Recruiting Rankings

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Yesterday 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 offense 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

QUARTERBACK
(2014) Drew Barker: 4-star (played in 8 games in 2 seasons, 5 starts)
(2016) Gunnar Hoak: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) Stephen Johnson: 2-star JUCO (played in 12 games in 1 season, 9 starts)
(2017) Danny Clark: 3-star
(2017) Walker Wood: 3-star

RUNNING BACK
(2015) Sihiem King: 3-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 0 starts)
(2016) Benny Snell: 3-star (played in 13 games in 1 season, 1 start)
(2016) AJ Rose: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2017) Bryant Koback: 3-star

WIDE RECEIVER
(2014) Blake Bone: 4-star (played in 34 games in 3 seasons, 1 start)
(2014) Dorian Baker: 4-star (played in 32 games in 3 seasons, 23 starts)

(2014) Garrett Johnson: 3-star (played in 35 games in 3 seasons, 20 starts)
(2015) Tavin Richardson: 3-star (played in 13 games in 1 season, 5 starts)
(2015) Jabari Greenwood: 3-star (played in 5 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Kayaune Ross: 3-star JUCO (played in 6 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Zy’Aire Hughes: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) Dakota Holtzclaw: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2017) Lynn Bowden: 4-star
(2017) Javonte Richardson: 4-star
(2017) Isaiah Epps: 3-star
(2017) Clevan Thomas: 3-star
(2017) Joshua Ali: 3-star

TIGHT END
(2013) Greg Hart: 3-star TRANSFER (played in 12 games in 1 season, 1 start)
(2015) C.J. Conrad: 4-star (played in 25 games in 2 seasons, 2 starts)
(2016) Justin Rigg: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)

TACKLE
(2013) Kyle Meadows: 3-star (played in 31 games in 3 seasons, 23 starts)
(2015) Mason Wolfe: 3-star (played in 1 game in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2016) Landon Young: 5-star (played in 11 games in 1 season, 3 starts)
(2016) Tate Leavitt: 4-star JUCO (redshirt in 2016)
(2016) Luke Fortner: 3-star (redshirt in 2016)
(2017) Naasir Watkins: 3-star
(2017) Austin Dotson: 2-star

GUARD
(2013) Nick Haynes: 3-star (played in 36 games in 3 seasons, 23 starts)
(2015) Logan Stenburg: 3-star (played in 12 games in 1 season, 0 starts)
(2015) George Asafo-Adjei: 3-star (played in 23 games in 2 seasons, 3 starts)
(2017) Sebastien Dolcine: 2-star

CENTER
(2014) Bunchy Stallings: 2-star (played in 15 games in 2 seasons, 8 starts)
(2016) Drake Jackson: 4-star (redshirt in 2016)

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)

KICKER
(2013) Austin MacGinnis: 3-star (played in 35 games in 3 seasons, 35 starts)
(2016) Grant McKinniss: 2-star (played in 13 games in 1 season, 13 starts)

Article written by Bryan the Intern

10 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: UK’s 2017 Offensive Roster by Recruiting Rankings



  1. macsauce13
    8:11 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    I’m thrilled about this class. Going to be a great year.

    BUT, where the F is a punter? We endured that garbage all season long and we didn’t go pick up a punter? I know Tyler Pack is supposedly awesome, but WTH? We cannot go with McKinniss again and achieve success this year. He loses every field position battle.



  2. meeksfor3
    8:25 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    I get really pumped seeing us get these guys we would have missed out on a few years ago. Then I look at the rosters of Bama, Fla St, Ohio St, etc and they are mostly 5 stars with a few 4 stars sprinkled in I realize why we are not national title contenders….hopefully that will change someday.



  3. Jude
    8:35 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Elam was a 4 or 5 star.



    • UK Fan In Nashville
      10:05 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

      3 star on Rivals, which he used for this article.



  4. nybrasky
    8:36 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    I think you mean mostly 4-stars with 5-stars sprinkled in. Rivals only has 34 5-star players this year, and 31 last year. Bama has 5 coming in.

    Still, your point stands. Though this is way better than when our classes used to be mostly 2-stars with a couple 3-stars sprinkled in, and a number of not rated.



  5. ArtSmass
    8:52 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Go through and look at the 2-star players (in red) and see how many of them are making HUGE differences for us. I’m not making the point we should go after more of them or that getting 4s/5s isn’t important, but I think it shows that part of success in this sport (especially for a ‘non-power’) is to do great in getting the “under-valued” players.



    • RackEmWillie
      9:19 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

      Getting high quality athletes, regardless of how they are or aren’t rated as recruits is important is the building process. But, once someone gets to the top of the mountain, it’s all about 4 and 5 star guys to keep you there.

      I heard on the radio this morning that it was something like 21 out of the last 22 national champions had at least 2 top 10 classes in the 4 years before their championship.

      But, when you’re Kentucky, anybody who can maybe possibly help you win is a good recruit.



    • satcheluk
      10:54 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

      There’s a wide range in 4 stars. I’d rather have a 2-3 star that will work his azz off, then a 4-5 star primadonna.



  6. UKBlue1982
    9:05 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    No Charles Walker?



  7. UK Fan In Nashville
    10:20 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    I would love to see a “star” comparison to the 2013 roster. I’m willing to guess that the average has gone up quite a bit!