UK Football | National Signing Day Updates
02/01/2017 08:13 AM
National Signing Day is here as Mark Stoops officially welcomes his 2017 class. This post will be updated throughout the day as players sign their letters of intent.
Danny Clark, Quarterback, Columbus, Ohio
Rated as the No. 17 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 class by Rivals.com, Clark is a three-star prospect. The Columbus, Ohio native was committed to Ohio State for three years before decommitting as Ohio State kept recruiting other quarterbacks. Clark enjoyed a strong high school career, leading Archbishop Hoban to two state titles his junior and senior seasons. He expects to come in and immediately compete for the starting quarterback spot.
Our feature on Clark:
Jamin Davis, Linebacker, Ludowici, Georgia
Jamin Davis enjoyed a strong senior season for Long County high school, totaling 126 tackles. Davis, who is a three-star prospect, currently weighs around 190 pounds and is expecting to put on 10-15 pounds by the start of next season. He chose Kentucky over Georgia Tech, Louisville and North Carolina State among others.
Cedrick Dort, Defensive Back, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Cedrick Dort committed to Kentucky back in the summer. He told us over the summer that his relationships with Eddie Gran and Steve Clinkscale were big reasons why he chose the Wildcats. Dort is a three-star prospect, who says that press coverage is his strength coming into Kentucky. Dort chose Kentucky over Wisconsin and Rutgers among others.
Lonnie Johnson Jr., Defensive Back, Gary, Indiana
Johnson comes to Kentucky expecting to make an immediate impact on the Kentucky defense next season. The Gary, Indiana native came to Kentucky from Garden City Community College and was one of the top JUCO defensive backs in the country. Johnson chose Kentucky over Georgia and West Virginia. Johnson will have two seasons of eligibility at Kentucky.
Bryant Koback, Running Back, Holland, Ohio
Bryant Koback was having a historic start to his senior season before suffering a serious leg injury that sidelined him for the rest of the year. The three-star prospect is still rehabbing his leg back to 100% and is now on campus continuing that rehab at UK’s high-class facilities. Koback is the 39th overall running back in the class and describes himself as a quick, physical back who can break tackles. He expects himself to be back on the field by the summer time.
Our feature on Bryant Koback:
Clevan Thomas, Wide Receiver, Miami, Florida
Clevan Thomas is an elite receiving prospect in Kentucky’s 2017 class. Thomas is the 70th best receiver in the 2017 class and chose Kentucky over Iowa State, Louisville and Michigan among others.
Walker Wood, Quarterback, Lexington, Kentucky
Wood is the hometown kid who has always dreamed of playing for Kentucky. He led Lafayette high school to the state championship and was responsible for 61 touchdowns this past season. Lafayette lost to Trinity in the title game and Wood suffered a knee injury late in the game. He had surgery on his knee in December and is expected to be back on the field in early June.
Lynn Bowden, Athlete, Warren, Ohio
Lynn Bowden is one of the biggest commitments in the Mark Stoops era. Bowden is a four-star prospect and is the 197th overall prospect in the 2017 class according to Rivals.com. 247Sports has Bowden as the No. 4 athlete in the entire class. The runner up for the Mr. Ohio award this past season is a do-it-all player who has drawn comparisons to former Wildcat Randall Cobb.
Austin Dotson, Offensive Tackle, Belfry, Kentucky
Dotson joins quarterback Walker Wood as the second in-state signee for the 2017 class. Dotson was an named All-State and participated in the Best of the Bluegrass all-star game after the season. He has the physical stature to be an elite offensive lineman down the road, standing at 6’6” and weighing 295 pounds.
High School Highlights.
Joshua Ali, Wide Receiver, Hollywood, Florida
Joshua Ali is a small receiver, coming in at 5’11” and 173 pounds. He does have the speed to play in the slot and could be a speedy deep threat for Kentucky in the future. Rivals.com lists Ali as a three-star prospect and the 92nd wide receiver in the class. He chose Kentucky over Louisville, NC State and Illinois among others.
Javonte Richardson, Athlete, Maple Heights, Ohio
Javonte Richardson is the highest rated prospect in Kentucky’s 2017 class, according to Rivals.com. Richardson is a four-star prospect and the fifth ranked athlete in the country. He is expected to play receiver for Kentucky and has rare size, standing at 6’4” and weighing 205 pounds. He chose Kentucky over Michigan, Pittsburgh and Purdue among others.
Chris Whittaker, Defensive End, Hollywood, Florida
Chris Whittaker is a versatile edge pass rusher. He stand 6’3”, weighs 256 pounds and Rivals.com lists him as a three-star prospect. Whittaker was committed to UCF early in his recruitment, but a late visit to Kentucky was the deal-breaker for him to flip to UK.
Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald, Defensive End, Lakeland, Florida
Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald committed to Kentucky on Monday night. He stands tall at 6’7”, weighing 240 pounds. Abadi-Fitzgerald is an elite athlete who also played basketball in high school. His skill set is still extremely raw, but he has all the physical tools to be a solid impact player for Kentucky’s defense down the road. He chose Kentucky over Florida, South Florida and Florida Atlantic among others.
Tyrell Aijan, Athlete, Mansfield, Ohio
Tyrell Aijan is one of the most elite athletes in Kentucky’s 2017 class. Rivals.com lists Aijan as a four-star prospect and the 26th athlete in the class. Aidan is a two-sport athlete in high school and is currently finishing his senior basketball season for Madison Comprehensive high school.
Yusuf Corker, Defensive Back, Stockbridge, Georgia
Yusuf Corker is a three-star prospect who chose Kentucky over Penn State, Auburn and Alabama among others. He is a solid addition to Kentucky’s secondary and is the 50th best cornerback in the nation according to Rivals.com.
Joshua Paschal, Defensive end, Olney, Maryland
Joshua Paschal is one of the most elite athletes in Kentucky’s 2017 class. He is a four-star prospect and the 10th overall defensive end in the 2017 class, according to Rivals.com. Don’t be surprised if Paschal makes an immediate impact for the Kentucky defense next season.
Sebastien Dolcine, Offensive Guard, Miramar, Florida
Dolcine was originally committed to Central Florida before flipping to Kentucky in December. He has the potential to be an elite pass-blocker for Kentucky. Rivals.com rates him as a two-star prospect.
Phil Hoskins, Defensive Tackle, Highland, Kansas
Hoskins comes to Kentucky from Highland Community College. The 6’5”, 275 pound defensive tackle decided to resdshirt last season for Highland, giving him three years of eligibility at Kentucky. He chose Kentucky over Arkansas, Baylor and Houston among others.
Quinton Bohanna Defensive Tackle, Cordova, Tennessee
Quinton Bohanna was a beast his senior year at Cordova high school. The 6’4”, 280 pound defensive tackled recorded 19 sacks and finished the season with 91 total tackles. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star prospect. Bohanna chose Kentucky over Louisville and Memphis among others.
Michael Nesbitt, Defensive Back, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Michael Nesbitt is another elite defensive back prospect for Kentucky’s 2017 class. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star prospect and the 60th best defensive back in the class. He comes in at 6’0” and weighs 174 pounds. Nesbitt chose Kentucky over big-time SEC schools in Arkansas and Auburn among others.
Nassir Watkins, Offensive Tackle, Olney, Maryland
Watkins was teammates with Joshua Paschal at Good Counsel high school. He moved to tackle before his senior season and that’s when everything began to click for him. He chose Kentucky over Pitt and Virginia.
Alex King, Defensive End, Mason, Ohio
Alex King is a a 6’3”, 224 pound defensive end who ranks as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. King chose Kentucky over Tennessee, Cincinnati and Illinois among others.
Isaiah Epps, Wide Receiver, Jenks, Oklahoma
Isaiah Epps is a three-star prospect who is still very raw in his skill set. Epps didn’t play football until his senior year of high school. Scouting reports say Epps is a speedy receiver who is a natural athlete. He chose Kentucky over Kansas State and Illinois among others.
High School Highlights.
Jordan Wright, Defensive End, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jordan Wright comes to Kentucky standing tall at 6’5” and weighing 230 pounds. He’s an elite edge pass rusher who is expected to make a big impact on the Kentucky defensive line over the next few seasons. Wright also played basketball in high school. John Calipari told Wright that he will have the opportunity to walk-on the basketball team. He chose Kentucky over Florida and Miami among others.