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Where Kentucky Stands in Football Recruiting

UK's highest-ranked commit, WR Javonte Richardson (@Jigg_Starter) with LT last night.

UK’s highest-ranked commit, WR Javonte Richardson (@Jigg_Starter) with LT last night.

Mark Stoops said earlier today, “recruiting is going exceptionally well.”  Since he can’t get into specifics, I thought it’d be appropriate to take a deep dive into the specifics.

After hosting about 15 players on campus last weekend for official visits, Stoops picked up a pair of commitments — Maryland offensive tackle Naasir Watkins and Florida defensive end Christopher Whittaker.  The two additions give Stoops 16 commits in the 2017 class.  It’s ranked no. 33 overall, no. 11 in the SEC.  The class in its entirety:

Kentucky Football Class of 2017

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Javonte RichardsonWRMaple Heights, Oh.6-42104-star
Tyrell Ajian ATH/DBMansfield, Oh.6-11854-star
Lynn BowdenATHYoungstown, Oh.6-11854-star
Joshua PaschalSDEOlney, Md.6-42554-star
Yusuf CorkerCBStockbridge, GA 6-01854-star
Danny ClarkQBStow, Oh.6-42253-star
Alex KingDEMason, Oh.6-42353-star
Phil HoskinsDT (JUCO)Toledo, Oh. 6-52753-star
Bryant KobackRBHolland, Oh.5-111913-star
Joshua AliWRHollywood, Fl.6-01803-star
Clevan ThomasWRHollywood, Fl.5-111903-star
Michael NesbittCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-01853-star
Jamin DavisOLBLincolnton, Ga.6-32053-star
Walker WoodQBLexington, Ky.6-11873-star
Quinton BohannaDTCordova, Tn.6-32753-star
Nassir WatkinsOTOlney, Md.6-63003-star
Christopher Whittaker DEHollywood, Fl.6-42463-star
Cedrick DortCBPalm Bech Gardens, Fl.6-11653-star
Austin DotsonOTBelfry, Ky.6-63053-star
Sebastien DolcineOLMiramar, Fl. 6-42853-star
Lonnie JohnsonSGary, In.6-31903-star
Jordan Wright DEFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-52253-star
Abule Abadi-FitzgeraldDELakeland, Fl.6-72503-star
Isaiah EppsWRJenks, Ok.6-31853-star

By the Numbers

Players lost next season by position:

  • OL: 4
  • RB: 3 (2 walk-on fullbacks)
  • WR: 2
  • DL: 2
  • DB: 3

Commits by position:

  • OL: 2
  • QB: 2
  • RB: 1
  • WR: 3
  • DL: 4
  • LB: 1
  • DB: 3

Commits by state:

  • Ohio: 6
  • Florida: 5
  • Kentucky: 2
  • Georgia: 1
  • Tennessee: 1
  • Maryland: 1

Who’s Next?

Far from finished, Stoops expects to land “more than 20” in the class, leaving room for 6-8 more commitments.  Here are a few of the guys they’re pursuing to sign on the first Wednesday of February.

Lonnie Johnson — The JUCO defensive back officially visited last weekend.  He’ll take an official visit this weekend to Georgia before announcing his decision on Tuesday.

Lynn Bowden —  The Youngstown native would be the highest ranked recruit in the class, maybe the highest ranked recruit ever to commit to Kentucky.  The Cats are in a great position for the 4-star athlete.

Joshua Paschal — Teammates with Watkins at Good Counsel High School, the four-star defensive end is “low key” about where he stands in the recruiting process, but what once seemed improbable continues to look better and better for Kentucky.

Bruce Judson — Lamar Thomas and Darin Hinshaw visited the 3-star athlete early in the recruiting week.  The South Florida commit has an official visit scheduled for January 11.

Isaiah Epps — This receiver from Oklahoma just received an offer from UK earlier this week.  Standing tall at 6’3, the Cats are his first major offer.  He could be on commit watch when he visits this weekend.

Jordan Wright — The three-star defensive end has already taken his official visit to Kentucky.  Before he announces his college decision on December 21, he could convince a teammate to come to Kentucky too.  3-star defensive end Jon Ford is a Miami commit visiting Kentucky this weekend.

Brian Cole — The former Michigan safety once appeared to be a lock for Kentucky. He opted to go the JUCO route, spending this year at Last Chance U East Mississippi C.C.  Kentucky is still an option for Cole.  He will visit Lexington this weekend.


I got so caught up looking for new names I forgot two of the biggest names that have been around for months: Ohio wide receiver Danny Davis and Ohio offensive tackle Thayer Mumford.  The Cats have put themselves in a great position.  All they can do is continue to do what they’ve been doing, and wait.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

3 Comments for Where Kentucky Stands in Football Recruiting

  1. swflakat
    8:38 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    While there are many ways to rank incoming classes, I am sure some will point out that we are in the 10-14 range of the SEC. If we had a full 25, and if the higher profile recruits do jump onboard, I am betting we would inch up into the single digit rankings. That being said, #10 in the SEC might get a top 25 overall :O

  2. bigaa69
    10:04 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    Wonder where they are with RayQuon Horton…. He looks to be a heck of a steal if they can get him aboard.

  3. katkanputt
    10:16 am December 9, 2016 Permalink

    I am not sure what we have on current roster but I think I would like to see more D linemen & linebackers.