Kentucky Wildcats Football: Welcome to National Signing Day

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Today is the day we find out exactly how well the efforts of Mark Stoops & Co. will actually pay off.

Welcome, Big Blue Nation, to the first National Signing Day of the Mark Stoops era. Historically, A Sea of Blue has covered NSD rather tepidly, taking the position that putting big football days right in the middle of college basketball season is, at best, a design flaw and at worst, foolhardy. Alas, they wouldn't listen.

Anyway, we expect a lot of big news today, and we'll be keeping up with it as much as possible with frequent updates as they become available to us. So with that said, let's get started.

Our jumping-off point today will be the list of players who have verbally committed (that we know of), their position, courtesy of

Signed Letter of Intent Received

Name Pos Where they are from Ht Wt 40 Stars Rrating Committed
1 Steven Borden TE Waxahachie, TX Kilgore J.C. 6'3" 250
2 stars 5.4 12/19/12
2 Za'Darius Smith DE Scooba, MS East Mississippi C.C. 6'5" 252 4.7 4 stars 5.8 12/19/12
Verbal Commitments – Awaiting Letters of Intent
3 Jeff Badet WR Orlando, FL Freedom 5'11" 160
3 stars 5.5 2/1/13
4 Alvonte Bell DE Miramar, FL Everglades 6'6" 228 4.9 3 stars 5.7 6/5/12
5 Javess Blue WR El Dorado, KS Butler County C.C. 6'1" 195
3 stars 5.6 1/13/13
6 Justin Day OL Aiken, SC South Aiken 6'8" 285 5.3 3 stars 5.5 6/29/12
7 Nick Haynes OL Niceville, FL Niceville 6'4" 294
3 stars 5.6 2/3/13
8 Jacob Hyde DT Manchester, KY Clay County 6'2" 313 5.6 3 stars 5.6 3/1/12
9 Jaleel Hytchye DB Cincinnati, OH La Salle 5'11" 165 4.4 3 stars 5.7 1/5/13
10 Jojo Kemp RB Deland, FL Deland 5'10" 189 4.7 3 stars 5.7 2/1/13
11 Austin MacGinnis K Prattville, AL Prattville 5'11" 170
3 stars 5.5 6/23/12
12 Blake McClain DB Winter Park, FL Winter Park 5'11" 181
3 stars 5.6 6/27/12
13 Marcus McWilson DB Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney 6'0" 195
4 stars 5.8 1/28/13
14 Kyle Meadows OL West Chester, OH Lakota West 6'5" 270
3 stars 5.7 1/12/13
15 Regie Meant DT Cape Coral, FL Baker 6'5" 271
2 stars 5.3 1/15/13
16 Ramsey Meyers OL Orange Park, FL Ridgeview 6'3" 290
3 stars 5.5 6/23/12
17 Alex Montgomery WR Weston, FL Cypress Bay 6'1" 180
3 stars 5.7 1/28/13
18 Reese Phillips QB Signal Mountain, TN Signal Mountain 6'3" 210
3 stars 5.5 6/6/12
19 Khalid Thomas ATH Tallahassee, FL Godby 5'10" 175
3 stars 5.7 7/8/12
20 Ryan Timmons WR Frankfort, KY Franklin County 5'10" 186
3 stars 5.7 2/5/13
21 Nate Willis DB Yuma, AZ Arizona Western C.C. 6'0" 180 4.4 3 stars 5.6 1/16/13

Abreviations you may not know

Rrating = Rivals Rating

ATH = Athlete – player who could be a number of positions

That's our starting point for today. We'll have an open thread up shortly, but you can also use this thread to discuss any and all things related to national signing day. We'll update this storystream as they come in.

Go, 'Cats!

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