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Class of 2017 Film Study


National Signing Day is two days out. We’ve watched hours upon hours of film leading up to Wednesday. With multiple observations from all 23 Kentucky commits at the ready, I thought we’d give a sneak peak of Kentucky’s Class of 2017.

Here are just a few highlights from each commit/early enrollee:

 Tyrell Ajian, Safety

  • Best athlete on the field regardless of position played or competition
  • Smart eyes with high impact

 Joshua Ali, Receiver

  • Explodes out of routes. High Y.A.C.
  • Quick acceleration, bursts to separate from defenders

Abule Adabi-Fitzgerald, Defensive Line

  • Raw, but my goodness the body and athleticism equal limitless ceiling.
  • Long, rangy pass rush specialist.

 Quinton Bohanna, Defensive Line

  • Strong hands. Effective bull rusher
  • Early recognition of screen

 Lynn Bowden, Whatever and Wherever

  • Fluid hips. Twitchy. Elite change of direction to full-speed explosion
  • Wow
Photo via 247 Sports

Danny Clark (Photo via 247 Sports)

 Danny Clark, Quarterback

  • Strong armed, courage route thrower
  • Quick release, can complete all college routes

 Yusuf Corker, Cornerback

  • Capable in man-to-man and zone coverage
  • Stays low in back pedal, quick to locate-close on football

 Sebastien Dolcine, Offensive Line

  • -Raw, high aggression. Long arms-quick feet. High ceiling
  • -Rapid 1st step in pass protection

 Austin Dotson, Offensive Line

  • Natural run blocker. Winner
  • Line-of-scrimmage mauler

 Jamin Davis, Linebacker

  • Thumper, physical-rangy linebacker. Leader
  • Seeks intelligent contact, productive

 Cedrick Dort, Cornerback

  • Understands leverage
  • Shut-down elite competition

 Isaiah Epps, Receiver

  • Sharp angles out of routes
  • Polished route runner, pure WR

 Phil Hoskins, Defensive Line

  • Fights thru double team
  • Constructive with line-of-scrimmage spin move in pass rush situations

 Lonnie Johnson, Defensive Back

  • Blocked FG and punt on special teams. Competitor-team guy
  • Fast, covers distance quickly. Comfortable in press coverage

 Alex King, Outside Linebacker

  • Excellent lateral movement; natural
  • Effort player with high motor and nasty disposition. Quickly closes in pass rush

 Bryant Koback, Running Back

  • Football speed equals track speed equals FAST
  • Multiple cut runner

Michael Nesbitt

 Michael Nesbitt, Cornerback

  • Havoc stat producing defender

 Joshua Pashcal, Defensive Line

  • Explosively fluid, superior athlete
  • Immediate burst to change direction in pursuit
  • Forceful upon snap

 JaVonte Richardson, Receiver

  • Competes on every snap; actively engaged as ball carrier, pass catcher, and blocker. Appears that all are equally important
  • Explosion play capability. Wins 50/50 situations

 Clevan Thomas, Receiver

  • Shifty, powerful, dangerous in space. Active-engaged, not static without football
  • Speed to separate, excels in Y.A.C.

 Naasir Watkins, Offensive Line

  • Long arms, built like a power forward, former TE
  • Intelligently navigates line-of-scrimmage wash to 2nd level blocks

 Chris Whittaker, Defensive Line

  • Physical, nasty football player. “Jordan Jones” mentality
  • Violent line-of-scrimmage get off. Persistent pursuit

 Walker Wood, Quarterback

  • Shifty open field runner. Athletic and highly productive. Accurate short-intermediate throws
  • High Football IQ, understands play intent

Jordan Wright (Photo by 247 Sports)

 Jordan Wright, Defensive Line

  • Elite athletic ability, intensity, and instinct. Rare combination for dual-sport athlete
  • Athletic Freak. Sky is the limit


Remember that the two-three evaluation points per commit/early enrollee are just scratching the surface as our research is extensive. Much more to come.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

27 Comments for Class of 2017 Film Study

  1. FBtimeintheBG
    12:25 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Thanks Freddie! Can not wait until NSD and this coming Fall. I heard that we have 2 spots left for 2 specific recruits, and if they choose elsewhere, Coach doesn’t plan on filling the class with alternates. What does this tell us? We are turning the corner and aren’t in as desperate need of quantity to restock. What else does this tell us? Coach believes that everybody you’ve listed above is one bad mama-jama! Scouting and development proves for itself. Cats!!!!

  2. secrick
    12:41 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Looks good . Are we really finally turning the corner in football.

    • FBtimeintheBG
      12:54 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Absolutely! There’s a lot of studs out there that would commit on the spot right now, studs we would have jumped on in the past, studs that we’re seeming to pass on this go around. Coach is opting for a bigger class next year – a choice Coach hasn’t really had the luxury of the past ump-teen years. We also have studs coming off of a redshirt freshman year and some that will benefit from redshirting their upcoming freshman year – luxuries we didn’t have in the past. There is no doubt we are turning the corner!

  3. secrick
    12:59 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Hope you are right FBtimeintheBG , you sure are getting me fired up.

  4. FBtimeintheBG
    1:00 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Or in other words: been following this for quite some time. Some of the most significant and telling recruits from this class are the ones we DIDN’T feel the need to sign, atleast compared to the past.

  5. Bob Ed Thom
    1:03 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Freddie, I think I am as excited for this OLINE class as I am for the DLINE class. Love the feet of all three and RS Sophomore Dotson, Dolcine, & Watkins could be more than most want to deal with. Love that Dotson fires out and takes 2 steps before really raising up fully and Dolcine & Watkins have quick feet and Dolcine has really good hands for pass blocking. A year of strength and conditioning and you have 3 ATHLETIC MONSTERS.
    AND a Heywood kid knows how to play.
    #606 PIKEVILLE PANTHERS 2017!!!!

  6. Blue_Cat75
    1:18 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    Walker Wood is 6’1″. Can these o-linemen make passing lanes or is he going to have to scramble to see his receivers?

      1:52 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t think it matters, hes going to be way down the depth chart

    • I think he’ll wind up playing “Athlete”. Lining up as receiver, maybe wildcat QB, etc. I think the biggest favor he can do UK is to keep working on Jedrick.

      2:07 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Agree with the Jedrick part, but as far as the “athlete” part goes, I cant see Wood taking any touches away from Bowden

    • Laker Cat 18
      4:43 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Wood will never play QB at UK. Ever. It just won’t happen. This recruitment was meant to hopefully do one thing. That was to bring Wills on board.

      UK should have made more of a push for WR Jake Johnson. A position we needed to fill more than adding a 7th QB to the roster.

  7. 3dcatfan
    1:22 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    If Danny Clark can already complete every college route he’s got a leg up on SJ in the passing game.

    • satcheluk
      3:26 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Except he can’t run like SJ.

    • 3dcatfan
      3:53 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Your right he’ll probably fall forward instead of backwards like SJ. SJ isn’t that great of a threat as a runner, in fact Drew Barker was more of a dual threat QB coming in than SJ. SJ has always been a pass 1st QB even in JUCO. Barker rushed for 3,900 yds in high school, lot of folks don’t realize that.

    • Laker Cat 18
      4:34 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Folks who think Barker is more dual-threat than Johnson need a psych evaluation. Barker played against terrible defenses in high school. Johnson ran all over Louisville and others. He’s proven on the ground. Barker isn’t proven anywhere in my opinion. As far as next year, QB spot is Johnson’s to lose in my opinion. I don’t see Barker or any other newcomer taking his spot with the offense Gran runs.

    • 3dcatfan
      2:03 pm February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Doesn’t sound like like Stoops agrees after his interview today. Go back and watch Barker in the 1st game last yr, I think he had 278 yds passing in the 1st half. His pocket awareness and escapability in the pocket is much better than SJ. Don’t believe just go back and watch! We’ll agree to disagree on SJ running ability, he’s fine but nothing earth shattering. Here’s a fact, Barker is a much better thrower than SJ and just as good runner (maybe better) that IMO makes him a better dual threat QB. If he comes back 100% we’ll see. I like SJ but there’s a reason why we were so 1 dimensional in several games last year, outside a bomb downfield we had no passing game!

    • 3dcatfan
      2:10 pm February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Why do you geniuses think Badet transferred? Guess he needs a psych evaluation too! SMH

  8. kycats13
    1:41 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    New recruit for the offensive line: Move Matt Elam to the offensive line. This couldn’t hurt to give him a shot there.

    • the ghost of Bill Hicks
      1:59 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink


    • Laker Cat 18
      4:36 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      Coaches give opportunity. Players must respond and take it. You have to have the ability to move on the O-line. It’s not like the D-line where you can survive simply by having a large frame and clogging holes. You have to work double-time on the O-line. I’m not sure Elam knows what the term “work” means.

  9. Mathlete
    1:46 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    I know KSR’s not in the business of bad-mouthing recruits, and obviously this class is extremely talented, but a good follow-up post would be areas where these recruits will need to develop or shore up to take them to the next level

    • kycats13
      1:50 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I like this idea. To take it a little further it would be interesting to see what our thoughts were on last years recruits and follow-up comments on how they developed or didn’t develop and why.

    • Exactly.

      Freddie, a lot of recruiting and NFL Draft gurus list strengths and weaknesses. For example, I can remember someone was evaluating a defensive player who was turning pro (don’t remember who). The player was a total stud athlete as I recall, but the expert said something like “He tends to take plays off.”

      Most of these guys are 3 stars, so please list the weaknesses also. That said, I love your football coverage!!!

    1:53 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

    This site is hyping up Lynn Bowden a ton. If he lives up to the hype he will be a star. Not sure what we should expect from the Freshman next season.

    • Mathlete
      2:08 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      There’s an entire bullet point dedicated to the word “Wow”

      I think that’s Freddie-speak for “you’re going to know this guy’s name if the only other thing you know is that Kentucky plays football.”

      2:15 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      I feel like everyone is expecting him to be the best player on the field next season. That’s asking a lot for a true freshman. Hope that is the case though, would make the next 3 years a lot of fun

    • Mathlete
      3:03 pm January 31, 2017 Permalink

      It’s not just KSR hyping him up, it’s every big time program offering him and the recruiting services who look at kids across the country. Even if he’s not the best player on the field next year – and he doesn’t have to be, we’re reasonably deep at most of the offensive skill positions – the people who know football all agree he’s the real deal and will be incredible at the next level