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Kentucky’s 2020 Recruiting Class Ranks in the Top 25 Nationally

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A week before the start of the 2019 season, Kentucky picked up talented commitments in the trenches on consecutive days. Offensive tackle Deondre Buford and defensive lineman Tre’vonn Rybka are ranked as four-star prospects by at least one recruiting service.

The two additions put UK’s 2020 class back in the Top 25. Rivals ranks UK’s class No. 24 overall, while 247 Sports gives the Cats a slightly higher bump at No. 22. The Cats’ class ranks tenth in the SEC, but is sixth in the league in average star rating. Of the 16 commitments, half are considered four-star prospects by at least one of the recruiting sites.

Kentucky has room to add between seven and nine players. Here’s what the class currently looks like:

Kentucky Football Class of 2020

Justin RogersDTOak Park, MI6-43155-star, #16 Overall
Samuel AnaeleDE/OLBMiami, FL6-42504-star, #208 Overall
Michael Drennen IIAPBDublin, OH5-111904-star, #210 Overall
Beau AllenQBLexington, KY6-22004-star, #13 QB
R.J. AdamsOGWoodbridge, VA6-33204-star, #16 OG
John YoungOTLouisville, KY6-62954-star, #36 OT
Tre'vonn RybkaDLDickson, TN6-4`2814-star, #26 DT
Octavious Oxendine DTRadcliff, KY6-33004-star, #30 DT
Josaih HayesDTHorn Lake, MS6-32854-star, #151 Overall
Joey GatewoodQB (Auburn)Jacksonville, FL6-52304-star, #49 Overall
Jeremy FlaxOT (JUCO)Dearborn, MI6-63154-star, No. 12 JUCO
Joel WilliamsDBBaton Rouge, LA6-11903-star, #34 S
Andru PhillipsCBMauldin, SC6-01803-star, #7 CB
JuTahn McClainAPBFairfield, OH5-91763-star, #14 APB
Vito TisdaleDBBowling Green, KY6-21903-star, #10 KY
Kalil BranhamWRColumbus, OH6-12053-star, #93 WR
Deondre BufordOTDetroit, MI6-52703-star, #48 OT
Izayah CummingsWRLouisville, KY6-32103-star, #9 KY
Earnest SandersWRFlint, MI 6-21903-star, #26 MI
D'Eryk Jackson LBDexter, GA6-22353-star, #106 GA
Joshua JonesOTPhenix City, AL6-63003-star, #32 AL
Carrington ValentineCBCincinnati, OH6-02183-star, #23 OH
Rickey Hyatt Jr.SWesterville, OH6-11953-star, #22 OH


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

21 Comments for Kentucky’s 2020 Recruiting Class Ranks in the Top 25 Nationally

  1. satcheluk
    11:25 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    It’s truly impressive what this coaching staff has been able to accomplish and I believe you have to start putting Clinkscale in the same level as Marrow. Lock both of them in with high paying contracts. They’ve earned it.

    • Wade
      12:27 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

      These coaches evaluate great and think we have some def steals here. Wonder who’s next? Football starting to feel like basketball with how spoiled were getting with stoops and crew! Very proud of this program. Coach clink needs to ink a new deal I agree.Love to see us get 2 + 5 star guys and a bunch of 4 stars every yr. can’t wait for the season,go cats!

  2. Wes Mantooth
    11:37 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Valentine needs to shed a few pounds. 2180? That’s a big dude.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:29 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

      Never saw a one ton CB before.

    • 859bornandraised
      12:51 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink


    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:32 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

      That’s like 4 Andre the Giants!

    • Bluehender
      9:26 am August 22, 2019 Permalink

      With that speed, you don’t want to get hit by him…

  3. Trebek19
    12:00 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Valentine literally eats the WR’s he’s covering. A 2180lbs CB has to think outside the box when it comes to coverage.

  4. TN Catfan
    12:31 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Add Tisdale and Drennen and looking crazy good!

  5. livingood4UK
    3:41 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Thinking we tisdale oxendine and drennen to this class. Anyone have other ideas?

  6. aron1976
    3:50 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Thoughts on the other 2 silent commits?

  7. Youngcat25
    11:36 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Tisdale is already at UK

  8. notFromhere
    6:43 am August 22, 2019 Permalink

    You’re thinking of the Running Back. They’re talking about the Safety.

  9. notFromhere
    6:56 am August 22, 2019 Permalink

    Need 1-2 more DL (Oxendine), S (Tisdale), RB (Drennen) since Rose may go early, LB, and best available 2 additional (prefer at least one excellent TE in this class)

  10. bradinmississippi
    8:29 am August 22, 2019 Permalink

    If Valentine could just get down to 2,000 pounds he might be a Five Star!

  11. michaelb
    10:57 am August 22, 2019 Permalink

    Such good news to see , this paired with our staffs prowess for player development truly makes our potential to be great a reality for now and years to come

    • notFromhere
      3:16 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

      It’s exciting. Hope we can keep this staff together