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Kentucky Foodball: National Signing Day 2013

Welcome to National Signing Day 2013, Kentucky Wildcats fans.

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How Good Is The 2013 Wildcats Football Class?

People have been asking about ratings for this year's Kentucky football recruiting class, so we looked up all the ratings to give the Big Blue Nation a better feel.

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Hatcher, Kemp, Thomas and Montgomery Aboard

Well, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, it's been a busy day for Mark Stoops & Co. Today, they have taken 22 National Letters of Intent from 22 outstanding young men. The last two to sign were arguably the two most coveted: Jojo Kemp and Jason Hatcher. Here's the update:

Signed Letter of Intent Received

Name Pos Where they are from Ht Wt 40 Stars Rrating Committed
1 Blake McClain DB Winter Park, FL Winter Park 5'11" 181
3 stars 5.6 6/27/12
2 Jaleel Hytchye DB Cincinnati, OH La Salle 5'11" 165 4.4 3 stars 5.7 1/5/13
3 Jeff Badet WR Orlando, FL Freedom 5'11" 160
3 stars 5.5 2/1/13
4 Justin Day OL Aiken, SC South Aiken 6'8" 285 5.3 3 stars 5.5 6/29/12
5 Kyle Meadows OL West Chester, OH Lakota West 6'5" 270
3 stars 5.7 1/12/13
6 Marcus McWilson DB Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney 6'0" 195
4 stars 5.8 1/28/13
7 Nate Willis DB Yuma, AZ Arizona Western C.C. 6'0" 180 4.4 3 stars 5.6 1/16/13
8 Nick Haynes OL Niceville, FL Niceville 6'4" 294
3 stars 5.6 2/3/13
9 Ramsey Meyers OL Orange Park, FL Ridgeview 6'3" 290
3 stars 5.5 6/23/12
10 Reese Phillips QB Signal Mountain, TN Signal Mountain 6'3" 210
3 stars 5.5 6/6/12
11 Regie Meant DT Cape Coral, FL Baker 6'5" 271
2 stars 5.3 1/15/13
12 Ryan Timmons WR Frankfort, KY Franklin County 5'10" 186
3 stars 5.7 2/5/13
13 Steven Borden TE Waxahachie, TX Kilgore J.C. 6'3" 250
2 stars 5.4 12/19/12
14 Za'Darius Smith DE Scooba, MS East Mississippi C.C. 6'5" 252 4.7 4 stars 5.8 12/19/12
15 Alvonte Bell DE Miramar, FL Everglades 6'6" 228 4.9 3 stars 5.7 6/5/12
16 Austin MacGinnis K Prattville, AL Prattville 5'11" 170
3 stars 5.5 6/23/12
17 Jacob Hyde DT Manchester, KY Clay County 6'2" 313 5.6 3 stars 5.6 3/1/12
18 Javess Blue WR El Dorado, KS Butler County C.C. 6'1" 195
3 stars 5.6 1/13/13
Verbal Commitments – Awaiting Letters of Intent
19 Alex Montgomery WR Weston, FL Cypress Bay 6'1" 180
3 stars 5.7 1/28/13
20 Jojo Kemp RB Deland, FL Deland 5'10" 189 4.7 3 stars 5.7 2/1/13
21 Khalid Thomas ATH Tallahassee, FL Godby 5'10" 175
3 stars 5.7 7/8/12
22 Jason Hatcher DE Louisville, KY Trinity 6'2” 240 4.82 4 stars 5.8 02/06/13











Abreviations you may not know

Rrating = Rivals Rating

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

Highlighted players = LOI received

All signed, sealed, and delivered. No defections and 1 addition -- Hatcher wasn't on the original list, but he's the biggest prize of the bunch, ratings-wise.

In case you're wondering what Hatcher did to Kentucky's class, it will move them inside the top 25 nationally. Without him, they were at #28 on Rivals' team ratings.

This is a huge day for Kentucky football, the best recruiting class in my memory. Go, 'Cats

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Update 3: Javess Blue and More

Here is the latest signing update for National Signing Day. If you're reading this in the story stream, be sure to click on the title to be able to see the players who have committed in this update:


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











Abreviations you may not know

Rrating = Rivals Rating

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

Highlighted players = LOI received

Three players left. Go, 'Cats!

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Javess Blue, Playmaker

Javess Blue has come a long way from Butler County Community College in Kansas, and boy, does his name fit his college choice perfectly.

Blue is a multidimensional player who can return punts and kickoffs as well as run routes and catch passes. He had 65 catches for 1064 yards and 12 touchdowns for Butler County CC last year, and was ranked the #78 JUCO prospect in America by Rivals.com. West Virgina, Arizona St, Mississippi St. and Texas A&M where among the schools vying for Blue's services.

Blue is at Kentucky because of UK running backs coach Chad Scott, a former UK tailback himself who was with UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown at Texas Tech in the same position. Chad Scott stuck with Blue despite shaky academics, helped place him at Butler County CC and continued to recruit him, according to Larry Vaught.

Blue is the perfect example of relationship recruiting, and not giving up on a player who has some difficulty or other that keeps him from being an easy target. That relationship showed up in spades when former Texas Tech head coach, Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati while Blue was visiting the Red Raiders:

"The reports that he (Tuberville) was at a meal with recruits and just left, they are true because Javess was at that meal. Javess really got turned off by Tuberville during that visit," Hanes said. "Luckily, it all worked out at Kentucky. As soon as they (Brown and Scott) landed there, one of the first calls Chad made was to us. He wanted to make the deal work out with Javess.

Tuberville's rudeness was Kentucky's gain, and now Blue is officially a Wildcat.

More stories on Javess Blue, and used as sources for this article:

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Timmons Ready To Make His Mark As A Wildcat

If you want to win at football in Kentucky, and you are the flagship university, you have a mandate as a football coach. Sign the best that Kentucky has to offer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ryan Timmons.

Last year, while playing at Franklin County, Timmons was a hoss. He rushed for 1306 yards and 25 TD's and caught 33 passes for another 1004 yards and 16 more TD's.

Oh, and by the way, he returned 3 kickoffs for a TD.

Timmons is fast, durable, and has something you cannot teach to a player. He has a nose for the endzone. Scorers are the same in both football and basketball. They want the ball when the game is on the line. That's Ryan Timmons. At his announcement yesterday, he was emotional and you could tell that this is a sincere type of kid who will do whatever it takes to make his mark, and he has grades to go with it. He was a 4.0 student his senior year at Franklin County.

This is another recruit that you can build a program around folks. Timmons is 5'10" 189lbs, and should be able to make an immediate impact in Neil Brown's offensive scheme.

Welcome aboard Ryan, you couldn't have come at a better time.

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Update 2: Timmons, Others Sign In Second Wave

Here's the latest update list. Note that if you are viewing this from the story stream, you need to click on the title to get the fully highlighted version:

Signed Letter of Intent Received

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











Abreviations you may not know

Rrating = Rivals Rating

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

Highlighted players = LOI received

Ryan Timmons, the fast Franklin County wide receiver who committed to us yesterday verbally, highlights this group.

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Marcus McWilson Is A Wildcat

Marcus McWilson represents the first in what should become a long line of Ohio players heading down to the Bluegrass and becoming Wildcats. He is a 6'0" 195lb safety out of Mark Stoops alma mater Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. Rivals ranks him as the 18th safety, 196th nationally overall, and 10th in Ohio overall.

He is going to be a huge part of the defense that Stoops is trying to build. He was originally a Nebraska signee and decomitted when Vince Marrow signed on to the Kentucky staff.

This kid is the kind of hard hitting, no nonsense type of safety that UK has desperately needed the last few years. The secondary is going to have to be lightning quick and able to wrap up a one on one tackle.

Welcome to the Big Blue Nation, Marcus. We are so glad to have you aboard. Now go tackle someone!!

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First Wave Of Signees In

Here's your first update. Highlighted players mean we have received their Letter of Intent (note: If you're viewing this in the storystream, click on the title to get a proper view):

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

Highlighted players = LOI received

More coming in all the time, we'll update you again shortly.

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National Signing Day Open Thread

What? A NSD Open Thread? For Kentucky? That's right sports fans of The Big Blue Nation. Kentucky is right in the middle of what may become the best recruiting class in the recent history of the program.

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Kentucky Wildcats NSD Primer

The Cats wait to hear from two big prospects on on the eve of National Signing Day.

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