Kentucky officially added 18 players to the roster from the 2021 recruiting class Wednesday morning. You probably know the basics about each. Now let’s take time to dive into their best work on film, courtesy of Gridiron Wizard Adam Luckett. For more detailed descriptions, click the link on each player’s name (and sorry, we aren’t breaking down the play of the punter).
An incredible athlete for an offensive lineman, Burton easily gets to the next level to put a body on linebackers. He’s also a terror when he pulls down the line of scrimmage.
Dingle is a talented pass-catcher for Bowling Green, particularly out of the slot. Maybe more importantly, UK tight ends must be able to lower their shoulder and block in the trenches. Dingle puts opponents on their backs.
The talented slot receiver uses incredible speed to create separation with clean releases at the line of scrimmage against press coverage.
An X-receiver needs to use size to make catches over top of people. Lewis does that, but his most eye-popping asset is his ability to break tackles and get hard-fought yards after the catch.
The unranked receiver blows by most opponents in his highlight reel, but he can alas put people on skates. A physical receiver that uses his hands to high point footballs, Kentucky got a signing day steal by adding Ross to the roster.
The inside linebacker from Georgia needs to put a little more meat on his bones, but like a few other undersized Will linebackers at Kentucky, he makes plays from sideline to sideline.
The cornerback from Tennessee’s bread and butter is his speed. He’s also physical enough to maintain leverage until it’s time to make a play on the ball.
The term “nose for the ball” is overused, however, it applies to Lovett. An exceptional centerfielder of the defense, he never hesitates to make plays when the ball is in the air.
This running back is not easy to tackle. At his best in-between the tackles, he’s still hard to bring down in open space because he runs with such great balance.
One of Freddie Maggard’s favorite players in the slot, Magwood puts defenders on their heels and takes advantage of it instantly. It’s important for slots to pick up yards after the catch and Magwood checks that box.
Hairston has all of the tools to succeed. One intangible you can’t measure but you can see on film are instincts and he has them. Even though the ball isn’t being thrown to his man, he knew to break on the ball and make a play in the end zone.
Listed as a nose guard by UK, he showed at the high school level that he’s explosive and athletic enough to make plays as a defensive end.
The Somerset quarterback put the team on his back to help the school win their first state title in 2019. An above average athlete, he can make plays with his legs and his arm is powerful.
I very much enjoy watch tackles pull on counters. Wohlabaugh lowers his shoulder and enjoys a pancake when he pulls down the line of scrimmage.
A powerful blocker, he can knock people down when dropping into his pass blocking sets or when asked to block down on outside runs.