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National Signing Day 2017


Refresh this page throughout the day for real-time updates on National Signing Day 2017. We will have profiles of each and every new Wildcat once their signature is received, as well as breaking news and up-to-the-second updates as Mark Stoops and his staff lock down their fifth class at the University of Kentucky, projected as one of the best in the program’s history.



10:43 a.m.

Jordan Wright is in! That makes 24 of 24!!!



Jordan Wright
Defensive End| 6-5 | 250 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Dillard HS
ESPN  — | 46 DE Top247  — | 28 DE
Rivals  — | 25 DE Scout  — | —

Bio: Wright is an absolute athletic freak of nature with aggressiveness and high motor. He’s raw as a prospect, and may need a redshirt year to develop, but will absolutely make an impact at defensive end in a few years.

Signed with Kentucky over Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Sky is the limit for Wright. Elite athlete, will rapidly improve with technical advancement. Preferred measurable for an edge rusher.


10:20 a.m.

Bowden looks good in his new uniform.

On the live steam, Darin Hinshaw said he plans to have Bowden in the quarterback room next season, as well as at running back and wide receiver.

Kid could be lethal in the Wildcat.


10:00 a.m.

The likely Wills scenario: My guess is Alabama has Wills’ Letter of Intent but Wills asked to have his big moment at the afternoon announcement. There’s no way Bama would tweet/list Wills as a signee without having his letter in hand, so this is probably the case of Wills wanting to drag Big Blue Nation along so he can announce the news himself at his press conference.


9:52 a.m.


Alabama deleted its tweet welcoming Jedrick Wills and pulled his name of the big board.



9:41 a.m.

Jedrick Wills signs with Alabama. He gone.


9:30 a.m.

Jordan Wright to sign his Letter of Intent at 10:30 am and it will either be Kentucky or The U. The highly-touted defensive end, a South Florida prospect, is playing up the suspense on Twitter by retweeting fans of both programs. Last night he went as far as deleting a tweet from earlier in the week saying he is 100 percent committed to UK.

So is a last-minute flip in the works? Or is he toying with BBN to build up anticipation?

We’ll know in an hour.


9:24 a.m.

Freddie Maggard was up early and ready to go before sunrise this morning. Signing Day is Freddie’s Super Bowl:


9:21 a.m.

Four-star linebacker Levi Jones is COLD BLOODED. Watch him troll Florida and Florida State in one of the most ruthless announcements you will ever see:


9:15 a.m.

Isaiah Epps’ LOI is in, which leaves only Jordan Wright to go.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.45.52 PM Isaiah Epps
Wide Receiver| 6-3 | 185 lbs.
Jenks, OK | Jenks HS
ESPN  — | — Top247  No. 1040 |  141 WR
Rivals  — | — Scout  — | —

Bio: Epps is a college-ready receiver who had a remarkable senior season at national powerhouse Jenks High School. He set a Jenks HS receiving record with 1,209 yards, 59 receptions, and 12 touchdowns.

Very new to the game, but a natural at the receiver position. Has starter potential after learning Kentucky’s system. Extremely underrated prospect with high ceiling.

Signed with Kentucky over Illinois.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Pure receiver with sharp angles out of break. Can execute every route in a college passing tree.


9:09 a.m.

Alex King is the 22nd member of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class.



Alex King
Outside Linebacker | 6-4 | 225 lbs.
Mason, OH | William Mason
ESPN — | 72 DE Top247 No. 637 | 38 WDE
Rivals — | 30 DE Scout — | 43 DE

Bio: The outside linebacker shares many qualities with Kentucky’s Josh Allen.  Built more like a basketball player, King’s long arms are beneficial in the pass rush and his wide shoulders will support significant weight gain.  A dynamic pass rusher with 7 sacks and 14 TFL in his senior season, King will likely spend his first year as a redshirt to gain weight and learn drops in pass coverage.  King also considered Maryland, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia before choosing Kentucky.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Prototypical “Jack” LB with superb speed, motor, and aggression.


9:08 a.m.

Three left…

1. Abule Adabi-Fitzgerald, DE ★★★ ✔️
2. Tyrell Ajian, ATH ★★★★ ✔️
3. Joshua Ali, ATH ★★★ ✔️
4. Quinton Bohanna, DT ★★★ ✔️
5. Lynn Bowden, ATH ★★★★ ✔️
6. Yusuf Corker, CB ★★★ ✔️
7. Sebastien Dolcine, OG ★★★ ✔️
8. Austin Dotson, OT ★★★ ✔️
9. Isaiah Epps, WR ★★★
10. Phil Hoskins, DT ★★★ ✔️
11. Alex King, DE ★★★
12. Michael Nesbitt, CB ★★★ ✔️
13. Joshua Paschal, DE ★★★★ ✔️
14. JaVonte Richardson, WR ★★★★ ✔️
15. Nasir Watkins, OT ★★★ ✔️
16. Christopher Whittaker, DE ★★★ ✔️
17. Jordan Wright, DE ★★★


9:05 a.m.

Faxes are in from Michael Nesbitt and Naasir Watkins.



Michael Nesbitt
Cornerback| 6-0 | 185 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | Boyd Anderson
ESPN  — | 43 CB Top247  No. 1163 | 128 CB
Rivals  — | 60 CB Scout  — | 136 CB

Bio: One of the top corners in the state of Florida, where he went against several of the best wide receivers in high school football, Michael Nesbitt is a proven defensive back who can also play a little safety or nickel, if needed.

Signed with Kentucky over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, South Carolina and Central Florida.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: “Havoc” stat producer, Nesbitt is a perfect, diverse defensive back in Mark Stoops’ scheme.


Naasir Watkins
Offensive Tackle| 6-5 | 300 lbs.
Olney, MD | Our Lady of Good Counsel
ESPN  — | 94 OT Top247  — | 92 OT
Rivals  — | — Scout  — | —

Bio: Watkins converted from a tight end to play right tackle, has agility to back that up. Extremely athletic and long, but still very raw. He will need a year to redshirt, but certainly has starter potential.

Signed with Kentucky over Pittsburgh and Virginia.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Built like a power forward, Watkins has the size and athletic ability to play Guard, Center, and Tackle.


9:01 a.m.

Right on cue… Quinton Bohanna submits his paperwork. It’s like he was reading the blog.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 2.10.57 PM Quinton Bohanna
Defensive Tackle| 6-4 | 315 lbs.
Cordova, TN | Cordova HS
ESPN  — | 69 DT Top247  No. 1111 | 70 DT
Rivals  — | — Scout  — | 95 DT

Bio: Quinton Bohanna committed to Kentucky in February of last year, shortly after attending Junior Day in Lexington. A three-time All-State player in the state of Tennessee, Bohanna projects to eventually play nose tackle for the Wildcats, with a strong likelihood of a redshirt season in 2017.

Signed with Kentucky over offers from Louisville and Memphis.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Active defensive lineman with heavy punch and rapid burst from stance to engagement.


8:58 a.m.

Names to Watch: Jordan Wright and Quinton Bohanna. Though committed to the Cats, both are far from a sure thing on Signing Day with rumors boiling that either one, or both, could flip to another school.

Kentucky needs to lock those two down today and put the worry aside.


8:51 a.m.

Add another name to the D-line… Phil Hoskins is a Cat.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.46.35 PM Phil Hoskins
Defensive Tackle| 6-5 | 280 lbs.
Toledo, OH | Whitmer, Highland C.C.
ESPN JUCO — | 11 DT Top247 No. 41 | 4 DT
Rivals JUCO No. 21 Scout — | —

Bio: The JUCO transfer might be the most important recruit in the ’17 class.  In need of defensive lineman, Hoskins has the size and ability to play any of the front three spots in UK’s 3/4.  An aggressive pass rusher with an exceptional spin move, Hoskins can play situationally until he’s ready to handle the every down grind.  The only concern: Hoskins will need shoulder surgery and could miss some of fall camp.  Hoskins chose Kentucky over Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado and JUCO factory Miss. State.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Versatile, high-effort defensive lineman with ability and size to play all 3 positions along the line-of-scrimmage.


8:50 a.m.

10 down, seven (or more) to go…

1. Abule Adabi-Fitzgerald, DE ★★★ ✔️
2. Tyrell Ajian, ATH ★★★★ ✔️
3. Joshua Ali, ATH ★★★ ✔️
4. Quinton Bohanna, DT ★★★
5. Lynn Bowden, ATH ★★★★ ✔️
6. Yusuf Corker, CB ★★★ ✔️
7. Sebastien Dolcine, OG ★★★ ✔️
8. Austin Dotson, OT ★★★ ✔️
9. Isaiah Epps, WR ★★★
10. Phil Hoskins, DT ★★★
11. Alex King, DE ★★★
12. Michael Nesbitt, CB ★★★
13. Joshua Paschal, DE ★★★★ ✔️
14. JaVonte Richardson, WR ★★★★ ✔️
15. Nasir Watkins, OT ★★★
16. Christopher Whittaker, DE ★★★ ✔️
17. Jordan Wright, DE ★★★


8:48 a.m.

Sebastien Dolcine joins the Kentucky offensive line.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.44.16 PM Sebastien Dolcine
Offensive Guard/Tackle| 6-5 | 300 lbs.
Hollywood, FL | Miramar HS
ESPN  — | 74 OG Top247  — | 31 OG
Rivals  — | — Scout  — | —

Bio: Dolcine is an extremely physical prospect with a ton of potential. Great agility for a guy of his size, but needs to build more upper-body strength. Raw, but has the tools to become successful under John Schlarman.

Signed with Kentucky over UCF, USF, NC State, and Wake Forest

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Extremely raw talent with a nasty disposition and high ceiling. Steal of the class.


8:46 a.m.

See why everyone is raving about Pashcal:


8:42 a.m.


HUGE get for the defense and now all of the committed four-stars have signed.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 2.44.59 PM Joshua Paschal
Defensive End | 6-4 | 255 lbs.
Olney, MD | Good Counsel
ESPN  — | 29 DE Top247  No. 191 | 8 DE
Rivals  — | 10 DE Scout  No. 292 | 29 DE

Bio: The younger brother of TraVaughn Paschal, a former linebacker at Kentucky under Mark Stoops, Joshua Pashcal is the star of the class and an immediate contender for playing time as a true freshman. One national analyst called him the most athletic defensive end in the country, and if you watch his film, you will agree. This is a HUGE get for the Wildcats.

Signed with Kentucky over Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and USC, among others.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Instinctive, productive, and disruptive defender that could make an immediate impact. Elite edge rusher.


8:38 a.m.

Russ Yeast has officially signed with the University of Louisville. The former UK commit and son of UK great Craig Yeast traded the blue and white to play for the second best team in the state. Best of luck to him.


8:26 a.m.

Yusuf Corker makes eight. This standout corner out of Georgia picked Kentucky over some big time offers from around college football.



Yusuf Corker 
Cornerback| 6-0 | 190 lbs.
Stockbridge, GA | Woodland
ESPN  No. 221 | 21 CB Top247 No. 646 | 62 CB
Rivals — | 50 CB Scout No. 261 | 27 CB

Bio: A major recruiting move by the Cats, Corker picked UK over Tennessee, Florida, Clemson, Georgia and Michigan State.  Like many other cornerbacks Stoops has recruited to Kentucky, Corker is physically gifted.  The cover corner does not waste energy, fluidly transitioning from back pedal to sprint, utilizing quick-twitch muscles to react quickly to the ball.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Top CB in state of Georgia. Possesses preferred skill set to lock down receivers in one-on-one situations.


8:25 a.m.

Tyrell Ajian is official. He played a little bit of everything in high school, but he’s expected to be a future contributor at safety for the Wildcats.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 2.13.37 PM Tyrell Ajian
Safety| 6-0 | 190 lbs.
Mansfield, OH | Madison Comprehensive HS
ESPN  No. 244 | 17 S Top247 No. 168 | 5 ATH
Rivals  — | 26 S Scout  — | 57 S

Bio: Ajian is an extremely versatile prospect, played QB, RB, WR, DB, and returned kicks in high school. Impressive size, speed, and instincts. Will play safety at Kentucky. Nominated for 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Chose Kentucky over offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, and Notre Dame.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Top 2 athlete in this class. High level speed and affinity for contact which project at safety.


8:17 am

Let’s check back in on that commit list:

1. Abule Adabi-Fitzgerald, DE ★★★ ✔️
2. Tyrell Ajian, ATH ★★★★
3. Joshua Ali, ATH ★★★ ✔️
4. Quinton Bohanna, DT ★★★
5. Lynn Bowden, ATH ★★★★ ✔️
6. Yusuf Corker, CB ★★★
7. Sebastien Dolcine, OG ★★★
8. Austin Dotson, OT ★★★ ✔️
9. Isaiah Epps, WR ★★★
10. Phil Hoskins, DT ★★★
11. Alex King, DE ★★★
12. Michael Nesbitt, CB ★★★
13. Joshua Paschal, DE ★★★★
14. JaVonte Richardson, WR ★★★★ ✔️
15. Nasir Watkins, OT ★★★
16. Christopher Whittaker, DE ★★★ ✔️
17. Jordan Wright, DE ★★★

Six down, 11 to go. Or maybe more? (Hi, Jedrick.)


8:14 a.m.

Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, Cristopher Whittaker!



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.48.08 PM Chris Whittaker
Defensive End| 6-4 | 260 lbs.
Hollywood, FL | Chaminade-Madonna Prep
ESPN  — | 106 DE Top247 No. 1004 | 55 DE
Rivals  — | — Scout  — | —

Bio: Whittaker is easily one of the most underrated players in the class, despite being rated as a three-star prospect. As a senior, he had 77 tackles (22 for loss), 10.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. The staff is extremely high on him because of his high motor combined with size and speed.

Signed with Kentucky over Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: “Jordan Jones” motor with stunt devil nerve. Fast and violent defensive lineman.


8:05 a.m.

Wide receiver JaVonte Richardson is officially a Kentucky Wildcat. An Ohio product (of course), Richardson is the No. 32 wide receiver in the class, according to the composite rankings.



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.40.02 PM JaVonte Richardson
Wide Receiver| 6-4 | 230 lbs.
Maple Heights, OH | Maple Heights HS
ESPN  – | 24 WR Top247 No. 227 | 32 WR
Rivals No. 114 | 5 WR Scout – | 47 S

Bio: Richardson is a freak of nature athlete with an NFL body, ready to contribute immediately. Fights for 50/50 balls, goes for the extra block, all-around winner. Great hands and body control, makes tough catches. Imagine Dorian Baker without the drops.

As a senior at Maple Heights, he compiled 1,190 all-purpose yards and earned a 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl nomination.

Signed with Kentucky over Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State, and Illinois

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Competitive, team-first athlete with freakish athletic ability and size/strength to win 50/50 situations.


7:47 a.m.

Kill some time by watching Lynn Bowden’s latest mixtape and then get excited about the ball being in his hands for the next three or four years in Lexington. (Language NSFW in the vid)


7:45 a.m.

Joshua Ali is the fourth member of the class to sign the page.



Joshua Ali
Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 180 lbs.
Hollywood, FL | Chaminade-Madonna
ESPN  — | 89 WR Top247  No. 999 | 71 ATH
Rivals  — | 92 WR Scout  — | 205 WR

Bio: Ali committed to Kentucky last summer out of the talent-rich South Florida area. ESPN Recruiting calls him a “very sound, sharp and confident player” who is very competitive and “knows how to get open.” His overall speed won’t blow anyone away, but he is quick and explosive with good route-running technique. Eventual contributor in the passing attack.

Signed with Kentucky over Central Florida, South Florida, Cincinnati, Utah, Louisville and West Virginia.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Smooth route running speedster. Immediately increases speed and Yards after Catch capacity at slot receiver.


7:29 a.m.

Belfry’s own Austin Dotson is the third on the board.



Austin Dotson
Offensive Tackle| 6-6 | 310 lbs.
Belfry, KY | Belfry
ESPN — | 80 OT Top247 No. 1023 | 94 OT
Rivals — | — Scout — | —

Bio: The Kentucky kid led a dominant offensive line to four consecutive state championship games.  A tackle for Phillip Haywood, Dotson could make the move down to guard at Kentucky.  An aggressive, hard-hitter with a “mean streak,” I pity those who lined up against him over the last four years. In no need to play right away, it will be interesting to see Dotson’s development under John Schlarman.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Line of scrimmage mauler reminiscent of Logan Stenberg.


7:24 a.m.

Lynn Bowden makes two!

Vince Marrow is excited to add the Cats’ next playmaker:



Screen Shot 2017-01-31 at 3.42.48 PM Lynn Bowden
Athlete| 6-1 | 185 lbs.
Youngstown, OH | Warren G. Harding
ESPN  — | 64 ATH Top247 No. 110 | 2 ATH
Rivals No. 197 | 17 ATH Scout No. 60 | 2 ATH

Bio: The Youngstown-native is the most explosive athlete in the class, arguably the most explosive athlete Mark Stoops has ever signed.  The runner-up for Ohio’s Mr. Football threw for 1,366 yards, rushed for 2,277 yards and accounted for 57 total touchdowns as a senior.  Bowden broke most of the school records held by Maurice Clarett.  In Ohio’s state record books, Bowden is ranked 6th in rushing yards and 10th in touchdowns.

Bowden will play right away, but where exactly remains uncertain.  A quarterback for Warren G. Harding, Bowden will likely play some Wildcat with Benny Snell.  He’ll improve the short passing game by catching screen passes from the slot and running back spot.  When Bowden enters the game, don’t blink, you might miss him.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: Will become Kentucky’s best overall athlete on day one on campus. Could play significant role in Eddie Gran’s offense in 2017.


7:15 a.m.

Abule Adabi-Fitzgerald is the first to submit his paperwork! The three-star defensive end is the most recent commit, having committed to Kentucky two days ago, and the first to make it official today.



Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald
Defensive End| 6-7 | 245 lbs.
Maple Heights, FL | Maple Heights HS
ESPN  — | — Top247  — | —
Rivals  — | — Scout  — | —

Bio: Abade-Fitzgerald has been a quiet secret for UK for several weeks now, hoping no one else would find out about this kid. Florida State, Florida, Penn State, and several others sniffed around late, but UK swayed his decision on official visit. Extremely raw prospect, will need time to develop. Staff is in love with his size, could develop into monster in a few years.

Signed with Kentucky over Florida.

Freddie Maggard’s Take: 6’6 260-pound defensive end has an unlimited ceiling. Extremely raw, played only one year of football. Trend continues of strong late commits-signings for Stoops.


7:00 a.m.

Good morning, Big Blue Nation! The Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com Train left the station a little earlier than usual Wednesday for National Signing Day ’17.

Why so early, you ask? Because the Cats have a busy morning ahead as the football LOIs roll in, cementing what is all set to be another stellar class for Stoops & Friends; and I’m sitting at the computer, on my seventeenth coffee and three hours of sleep, ready to guide you through the madness.

There is lots to come over the next several hours, but until it picks up, here are Kentucky’s 17 current verbal commits who are expected to sign Letters of Intent today, barring any unforeseen changes of heart:

1. Abule Adabi-Fitzgerald, DE ★★★
2. Tyrell Ajian, ATH ★★★★
3. Joshua Ali, ATH ★★★
4. Quinton Bohanna, DT ★★★
5. Lynn Bowden, ATH ★★★★
6. Yusuf Corker, CB ★★★
7. Sebastien Dolcine, OG ★★★
8. Austin Dotson, OT ★★★
9. Isaiah Epps, WR ★★★
10. Phil Hoskins, DT ★★★
11. Alex King, DE ★★★
12. Michael Nesbitt, CB ★★★
13. Joshua Paschal, DE ★★★★
14. JaVonte Richardson, WR ★★★★
15. Nasir Watkins, OT ★★★
16. Christopher Whittaker, DE ★★★
17. Jordan Wright, DE ★★★

Kentucky already has seven early enrollees on campus; see their profiles here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

124 Comments for National Signing Day 2017

  1. BluKudzu
    7:21 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Big day! Go Cats!!!!!

  2. ukjaybrat
    7:45 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    i love freddie lol

    • ukjaybrat
      7:52 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      hmmm… did he say someone’s name he wasn’t supposed to? video disappeared

    • Drew Franklin
      8:08 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      They asked him to wait until the players he named in the video have signed.

    • ukjaybrat
      8:10 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Figured it was something like that. boo for silly rules

  3. @GoCayts
    8:15 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Just a thought, how about a ✔️ instead of crossing their name out

    • Drew Franklin
      8:20 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      There ya go.

    • @GoCayts
      8:31 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      You the man, now I feel like I’m in there helping. Whatchu need, you need a Taco Bell and caffeine runner today?

  4. catsarerunnin
    8:29 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    When are we supposed to say Yahtzee??

    • a21CATSfan
      8:41 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      When you roll 5-of-a-kind.

    • Nick Roush
      9:25 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      5-of-a-kind? I see what you did there

  5. JGlass7
    8:44 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    If Jedrick signs, That’s a “YAHTZEE”!!

  6. OldKentuckyShark
    8:51 am February 1, 2017 Permalink


  7. OldKentuckyShark
    9:02 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    4 Stars, Yahtzee

  8. UKRay
    9:21 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Any word on JWills UK or Bama?

  9. ukjaybrat
    9:32 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    levi jones… nice.
    although he is NOT making any friends in florida. good thing usc never plays there

    9:38 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Paschal was abusing those poor high school tackles

    9:39 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Willis hasn’t signed with Bama yet……there’s still hope that he’s flipping.

  12. CATNTN
    9:42 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Wills just signed with Alabama per Alabama twitter account.

    • ukjaybrat
      9:46 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Can’t blame him. just stinks that we can’t even keep all of our own kids from leaving us. we’re getting most of them, but the best ones are still leaving for bama.

  13. meeksfor3
    9:45 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Well that stinks. Good luck to the kid though.

  14. OldKentuckyShark
    9:51 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Figures regarding Willis

  15. GoatHunter71
    9:54 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Alabama deleted the Willis Tweet….or am I seeing things

    • binarysolo
      9:57 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah looks like they took it down. Other signee announcements are still up, so what’s going down in Tuscaloosa??

  16. RealCatsFan
    9:55 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Too bad we couldn’t flip Wills, but I was glad to see that we kept after him and at least hopefully made him strongly consider the Cats. I think if UK can start WINNING some bowl games, and maybe become a little more competitive in the SEC, we will start seeing some of this top-level homegrown talent staying home in the Commonwealth.

    • secrick
      9:58 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Did he sign with Bama?

  17. KyleDoesSumo
    10:01 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think it’s over yet for Wills… why would Bama take his name down?

    • ukjaybrat
      10:02 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      premature post ?
      still hoping…

    • ukjaybrat
      10:04 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      bah, yeah drew’s probably right with his 10:00am update.
      i didn’t realize he had a press conference scheduled.

      that makes more sense.
      oh well

    • KyleDoesSumo
      10:05 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      @ukjaybrat – I’m hoping with you

  18. AllBlueAllDay
    10:04 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I’m wishful hoping about Wills but I still feel like Bama will be the ultimate choice. I’m thinking Bama Twitter person just got a little trigger happy on posting the commits. A flip would no doubt have my boss hearing a yell come from my office. Regardless what an awesome class this staff has signed. Can’t wait for football this year.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:28 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      and no one flipped on us ! that’s the big thing. we carried momentum from the big win over louisville and kept our entire recruiting class in tact

    • AllBlueAllDay
      10:32 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Good point about no one flipping from us. In years past that’s been a huge problem for us. After another good season or 2, I can’t wait to see recruiting results and whether we can land us a 5 star every now and then.

  19. meeksfor3
    10:07 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    If he wants to have his moment I totally understand but I hope he isn’t trolling the BBN like Harris did.

  20. KyleDoesSumo
    10:07 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I can deal with losing Wills… I really want to keep the in-state talent here and I KNOW he’d be an awesome addition to an awesome line, but I know it’s a position we’re already strong at. I want him more just to start a trend that we CAN recruit 5 star talent. Who I’m really worried about losing is Jordan Wright.

  21. Realme
    10:10 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Drew! Show Thread! I need it!!!!

    • ukjaybrat
      10:29 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      This IS the show thread. same thing happened last year, remember ?

  22. InigoMontoya
    10:11 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not falling for the Bama string-along. He gone.

  23. RealCatsFan
    10:13 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe Bama spoiling Wills’ surprise will pizz him off enough to make him flip to the Cats. Hey, a guy can dream, right? 😉

    • InigoMontoya
      10:15 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      I want to agree with you, but I refuse to be Charlie Brown trying to kick the football!

    • UK Fan In Nashville
      10:20 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Unfortunately, if they spoiled the surprise, it probably means they have a signed LOI. So even if he’s pissed, he can’t change his mind.

    • I’m with Inigo. I admit I got sucked in a bit. I’m stupid.

  24. Guys, don’t forget that sometimes these teenagers just want to go somewhere else and not stay in their hometown. However, I’m sure it’s mostly because Bama is Bama, and until we start winning consistently, we are (don’t kill me for saying this) so Kentucky.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:55 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Wills going to The Tide is similar to Monk coming to UK. No denying the ridiculousness that is UK bball and Bama football.

  25. So I guess this is the unofficial Show Thread today?

    • RealCatsFan
      10:25 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      I guess we will have to take it over.

  26. Hey KSR writers: Purell doesn’t kill viruses (flu, cold, etc.), only bacteria.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:30 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      exactly, you can’t kill a virus.

    • Nick Roush
      10:31 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      I didn’t know you were a virologist. Well done. I’d consider calling an audible on the user name and change it to Dr. KSR

    • J-Dub421
      10:35 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Let’s just dip the whole team in bleach real quick. That should kill all the germs.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:38 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      one of my co-workers came in sick this morning. i gave her a coughing mask and drew a smiley face with missing teeth on it.

    • Nah, someone probably has that one Nick. 😉

    • @GoCayts
      10:41 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      we did have a Dr Sayre for a while

    • Sorry Nick, I guess that was sort of like when we have the grammar police calling you guys out.

    • CATandMONKEY
      12:01 pm February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Sorry…you CAN kill a virus. It’s just a different ballgame compared to bacteria when it comes to medicine. Killing a virus once acquired by a human or animal is a b!tch though. 😜
      Look at the back of a Lysol can…kills dozens of viruses. Not a virologist but between undergrad and grad at least 30 credit hours in bacteriology, virology and antimicrobial therapy.

  27. secrick
    10:20 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I thought Jordan Wright was pretty much a lock, i guess i am wrong on that.

  28. It’s hard to believe: Bama actually signed a 2 star and a couple 3 stars. I guess they need a few tackling dummies.

  29. This guy says Bowden received late offer from OSU, but stayed with UK:

  30. RealCatsFan
    10:30 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I was at the game last night. Walked in right behind Sky Walker – had to geek and get my picture with him. What an awesome and friendly dude he is – just seems like a great guy to be around, truly happy to be part of BBN.

    I thought our goose was cooked when UGA got the lead with a couple of minutes left. Is Monk this year’s Aaron Harrison? Kind of expected Bam to say that he has big balls like Dakari did back in 2014. 🙂

    Rolled into bed around 2 AM. Going to be a long, drowsy afternoon. Have to say, BBN gave Mussberger a warm sendoff.

    • Sky still has his central/south Georgia accent. Roberta, GA is not far from where my parents live (and from MaconVolFan).

      What a player Walker was!

    • J-Dub421
      10:38 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Did you talk about dunking with him like Malik did? 😉

    • Near MaconVolFan…

    • secrick
      10:39 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      I am with you thought it was over with 10 seconds to go and down 2. Monk is good when he is on. PLEASE BRISCOE stop shooting threes.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:43 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      i’m ok with most things briscoe is doing. i don’t want him shooting 5+ threes a game, esp if he missed his first 4. but he has to keep the defense honest. what pissed me off is he was doing exactly what he needed to do, drive to the lane. but they weren’t calling fouls like they were the whole rest of the game. the last two possessions in regulation aside, he was getting bumped around a lot and no calls. A couple of them led to turnovers and even brent said he got hit… inconsistency is killing uk in the sec. call the fouls or don’t. get them right or don’t. but at least be consistent

    • J-Dub421
      10:49 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      The officiating was extremely inconsistent last night. The second half officiating looked nothing like the first half. Remember when that Ga player lowered a shoulder and trucked Hawkins in the second half. They called a foul on Hawkins. Then about 2 minutes later Briscoe did the same thing, but they called an offensive foul on Briscoe.

      Remember all the times Briscoe has been bodied out of bounds along the baseline and they called a turnover on Briscoe? Last night Isaac did the same thing and even kept his hands straight up; they called a foul on Isaac.

      I saw a Ga player grab Tai’s jersey from behind and pull him backwards about three feet. He was pulled all the way out of the paint so that he couldn’t get a rebound, it happened right in front of a ref. They called a foul on UK.

    • RealCatsFan
      10:49 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      J-Dub, I did mention how much I enjoyed the video that he did with Malik. He laughed and said he had a lot of fun doing it!

    • J-Dub, there was at least one where the guy shoved Hawkins down and they did call a charge. Was there another one where they didn’t?

      Also, according to some analysts, it’s ALWAYS been the case that at least some refs swallow the whistle in the last 2 minutes. It’s stupid. Some say it’s the “You have to let the players decide” thing. Really? But not the rest of the game?

    • ukjaybrat
      10:55 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      “Some say it’s the “You have to let the players decide” thing. Really? But not the rest of the game?”

      That’s just a bad excuse for allowing sloppy play. a foul is a foul is a foul. doesn’t matter how much time is left on the clock. refs are just gutless and don’t want to make the wrong call.

    • J-Dub421
      10:58 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Hawkins got two big offensive fouls called on GA in overtime, but the one I’m talking about was midway through the second half. I think it was Matten, he drove the lane and lowered his shoulder and ran over Hawkins. Foul on Hawkins. It was BS.

    • runningunnin.454
      11:04 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      I like the way all the SEC guards we play have this specific talent…they can dribble with one hand, and shove with the off hand….right in the chest; I think they finally called it one time last night.

    • J-Dub421
      11:10 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed RG, the constant push-offs are infuriating. I have gotten to a point where I’ll ignore it if they just chicken wing somebody, but the refs really should call it when a guy puts his hand in the chest of the defender and pushes off with full arm extension. Just a hint refs, when the defender suddenly flies backwards three feet, maybe call an offensive foul there… Just a suggestion.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:12 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      it bothers me how often our guards get called for traveling outside the paint. are we REALLY that bad at moving feet before the ball or are our guards just too quick for the refs ? they finally called it on uga last night in overtime i think. was pretty shocked tbh

    • ukjaybrat
      11:13 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      outside the perimeter i mean

    • RealCatsFan
      11:19 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      J-Dub, unless the player on offense is Grayson Allen! Then odds are it is an acting job.

  31. Lewis
    10:35 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    I agree that Alabama would not have tweeted that they had Jedrick Wills’ letter unless they actually had it. So, this being the case he is already gone. They only deleted the tweet to give Wills his press conference to play us a little longer. I wish no one showed up for his press conference. I wish him well and can’t argue his decision, but don’t like being played.

    • I will never talk bad about a player choosing to go to another school, but I also do NOT wish them well. He’s the enemy now (strictly in football, not personally), and we may be playing them while he’s there.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:08 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      unless we play him in the sec championship, we won’t play alabama until he is a senior. hopefully he sticks around long enough to come to lexington and get beat 🙂

    • I hadn’t checked the schedule, and I know we don’t play them every year. Maybe we’ll meet them in the ATL sometime in the next couple years. 😉

    • ukjaybrat
      11:23 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      actually. i may have misspoken. i dont think we will play him.
      Bama is in the west. and we JUST played them this year.
      The rotation is:
      7 teams in the west, we play msu every year home and home.
      so we rotate the other 6 teams every year. which means every 6 years we play a team and every 12 years we play them at home. i don’t think we will play bama as long as wills is there.
      don’t know where i got 4 years from.

    • Maybe we’ll play them in the new Falcons stadium in December! Wink, wink! 🙂
      I can dream!!!

  32. J-Dub421
    10:42 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Is it weird to to this excited about signing a bunch of linemen? Because I’m really excited about signing so many linemen!!

    • secrick
      10:46 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Lineman make the team in my opinion. So yeah get excited.

    • John Schlarman has to feel like it’s Christmas, almost as much as Freddie.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:52 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      The line is where the game is won or lost…..always has been.

    • J-Dub421
      10:55 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      I got a taste of having a good offensive line for probably the first time in my life this year and I liked it. I want more! The defensive line was young, but did make progress throughout the season.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:57 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      agree all around. a great offensive line can make a great team. not to take anything away from the rookies in dallas, but i don’t think they would be pro bowl caliber players without the best line in the league. not this early in their career.

    • J-Dub421
      11:05 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Look at the size on some of these guys too, 6’5″ and 300 lbs? Yes Please!

    • RealCatsFan
      11:18 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      As Stoops once said, you have to have the “Big Uglies” to succeed in the SEC!

  33. tmurphy
    10:45 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    What about Jordan wright did he commit

  34. I wish KSR could be a simulcast with the UK Athletics webcast.

  35. secrick
    10:58 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    The comments on Wright is he had offers from Alabama, Fla State, Georgia, S.C. and other schools but said he may need to red shirt a year. I don’t get why if he is that good. Are we good enough now to let guys like this get a red shirt year.

    • If by SC you mean Southern Cal, most of those teams are loaded with 4 and 5 stars. Bama is loaded mostly with 5 stars.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:08 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Rick, UK is finally getting to the point where they can stockpile some talent and redshirt some of these guys to let them develop. We will have some impact players coming in this fall off of redshirt. IMO, this is usually when a team really starts to make strides in a rebuilding process. Shows that we are getting some much needed depth. Excited for next year!

    • ukjaybrat
      11:10 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      yeah in the last few years, the appeal to come to uk was playing right away. now and moving forward it will be about wins and develop a winning program and being “the hero”

      we will have to continue momentum on the field if we expect to keep getting 4-5 star recruits.

    • Correction to my post: Bama has signed 15 4 stars and 7 5 stars. Again, very similar to what Cal does in b’ball.

  36. I just watched the Levi Jones video. The way those females were cackling the whole time he’s trolling UF and FSU was something. Pretty classless to me. Just pick a shirt or lid and stop playing a shell game and stop trying to be Don Rickles.

  37. CATNTN
    11:06 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    24 for 24! That is an awesome step forward for Kentucky football. No late losses.

  38. JGlass7
    11:17 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    What an AWESOME job the UK coaches have done! Truly remarkable! 24 out of 24! #FINISH

  39. runningunnin.454
    11:23 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    10-9-1909…..”They fought like Wildcats”
    Last night as well; three players out including the starting PG, shots not falling, 12-0 start.
    Proud the team clawed their way through adversity to get the win.
    Hats off to Georgia, they hung in there and played nine miles over their heads….just like every SEC team we play.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:26 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      not nine… maybe a couple. uga is a pretty decent team this year. they’ve got some pretty close losses on their scheduled .and one that was stolen from them by…. you guessed it, incompetent sec officiating

      vs bama and @oakland are really their only bad losses. maybe vs s carolina after that.

    • RealCatsFan
      11:28 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      UGA played a heckuva game. It was really an exciting game – the crowd stayed for the whole game, for the most part, and most were on their feet right up to the end. Had a big game feel. Even though I probably shortened my life span a little bit, it was fun.

      After the game, we were down by the scorer’s table because my buddy wanted Brent’s autograph. The UGA radio announcer was interviewing Mark Fox right in front of us. I complimented him on a great game by his kids.

      Had Matt Bevin taking selfie’s with Musberger just to my right. 🙂

  40. RealCatsFan
    11:24 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Is that Vince Marrow or Barry White talking to Matt? New UK mantra: “Let’s Get It On!” 😀

  41. ukjaybrat
    11:31 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    also, i love matt, but this rule of 71 nonsense has to stop. it’s a stupid rule. want to know why? because it takes into account all of the power 5 teams playing much weaker teams in the non conference. of course they are going to score 71 first and of course they are going to win.

    I bet if you look at games decided by 5 or less, the percentage the rule of 71 predicts the winner will be closer to 60% than 95%

  42. secrick
    11:39 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Right now the class is 9th in the SEC, have we ever been that high before?

  43. J-Dub421
    11:41 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Stephen Johnson should be out QB1 next year because of his leadership. The rest of the team responds favorably to him. Johnson stays calm under pressure and it rubs off on the rest of the team.

    • J-Dub421
      11:42 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

      *our, not out.

  44. RealCatsFan
    11:47 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    Eddie made reference to all the “crap” that Stoops had to deal with early in the season. I think he was pretty much calling out the a-holes who started that vicious rumor about Stoops. I was really hoping that someone would come forward to out those bastards so they could be dealt with by BBN.

  45. runningunnin.454
    11:59 am February 1, 2017 Permalink

    41-38, and “a date that will live in infamy” for UL. So happy for Stoops, we’ll never forget it…. and neither will Louisville…and neither will Petrino.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:09 pm February 1, 2017 Permalink

      Petrino probably still has to increase his intake of Pepcid AC because of that loss. 🙂

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:20 pm February 1, 2017 Permalink

      And as a friendly reminder: Stoops did something that Petrino has never done in his entire career – beat a Top 15 team on the road.