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Kentucky Football: National Signing Day 2014

News and updates as we head toward the Kentucky football 2014 National Signing Day.

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Previewing Kentucky's Defensive Line Signees

Kentucky is signing a huge crop of defensive players to the historic 2014 signing class. Let's take a look to see what kind of an impact these new Wildcats are going to make at defensive line.

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Which O-linemen could contribute this year?

After the decommitment of offensive lineman Derrick Kelly (who eventually signed with defending champion Florida State) late in the fall, UK only had two offensive line commitments, but the staff bounced back late to sign four quality offensive linemen.

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Can The Running Back Signees Play Next Year?

Kentucky signed its greatest overall class of running backs in this class.

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Previewing the Linebacker Signees

Linebacker is a big need on this current football roster with the departure of Avery Williamson. Mark Stoops has worked hard to recruit some top-notch guys to fill the void.

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NSD: Which Receivers Could Contribute Next Season?

Kentucky signed a great class of wide receivers, which will be needed for the high-paced offense Coach Neal Brown is known for running.

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Final Signee Update - We're Done!

We're done, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation. As expected, Lloyd Tubman of Seneca High in Louisville flipped his commitment from Penn St. to Kentucky, adding a nice dollop of whipped cream to our tasty recruiting desert.

New Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)

Dorian Baker WR 6-3 205 Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)

Drew Barker QB 6-3 217 Burlington, Ky. (Conner)

Blake Bone WR 6-5 200 Woodruff, S.C. (Woodruff)
* Tymere Dubose DE 6-5 280 Youngstown, Ohio (Youngstown Christian)

Mike Edwards DB 5-11 185 Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods )

Matt Elam DT 6-7 375 Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin)

Nico Firios LB 6-2 220 Longwood, Fla. (Lyman)

Ryan Flannigan LB 6-3 230 Missouri City, Texas (Marshall/Blinn College)

Dorian Hendrix LB 6-0 230 Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)

Mikel Horton RB 6-1 223 West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)

Cory "C.J." Johnson DT 6-3 275 Columbia, S.C. (Chambersburg (Pa.)/ ASA College)

Garrett Johnson WR 5-11 175 Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange)

Josh Krok OL 6-8 325 Niles, Ohio (McKinley)

Jarrett LaRubbio OL 6-6 280 Middletown, Ohio (Lakota East)

Darryl Long TE 6-4 225 Westerville, Ohio (South)

Adrian Middleton DT 6-3 275 Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren)

Kendall Randolph DB 6-0 175 Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

Nick Richardson OL 6-4 270 Westerville, Ohio (Central HS)

Thaddeus Snodgrass WR 6-1 180 Springfield, Ohio (Springfield)

Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings OL 6-3 320 Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park)

A.J. Stamps CB 6-0 190 Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg/East Mississippi CC)
* Lloyd Tubman DE 6-5 225 Louisville, Ky. (Seneca HS)

Jared Tucker DB 5-11 170 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Kobie Walker LB 6-3 200 Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

Denzel Ware DE 6-2 240 Crestview, Fla. (Senior)

Darius West DB 6-0 200 Lima, Ohio (Central Catholic)

Stanley "Boom" Williams RB 5-9 190 Monroe, Ga. (George Walton Academy)

T.V. Williams WR 5-10 165 McKinney, Texas (McKinney)

Lloyd looks pretty happy here:

Rounding out the class is Tymere Dubose, a 3-star strongside defensive end from Youngstown.

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Can Drew Barker Start Next Year?

Drew Barker is probably the most important commitment in this class, and he could be the starting quarterback next season.

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Signee Update As Of 10:00 AM

Only one new commitment in this update, but it is a very big one: Matt Elam, all 6' 6", 350# of him.

New Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)

Dorian Baker WR 6-3 205 Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)

Drew Barker QB 6-3 217 Burlington, Ky. (Conner)

Blake Bone WR 6-5 200 Woodruff, S.C. (Woodruff)

Mike Edwards DB 5-11 185 Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods )
* Matt Elam DT 6-7 375 Elizabethtown, Ky. (John Hardin)

Nico Firios LB 6-2 220 Longwood, Fla. (Lyman)

Ryan Flannigan LB 6-3 230 Missouri City, Texas (Marshall/Blinn College)

Dorian Hendrix LB 6-0 230 Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)

Mikel Horton RB 6-1 223 West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)

Cory "C.J." Johnson DT 6-3 275 Columbia, S.C. (Chambersburg (Pa.)/ ASA College)

Garrett Johnson WR 5-11 175 Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange)

Josh Krok OL 6-8 325 Niles, Ohio (McKinley)

Jarrett LaRubbio OL 6-6 280 Middletown, Ohio (Lakota East)

Darryl Long TE 6-4 225 Westerville, Ohio (South)

Adrian Middleton DT 6-3 275 Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren)

Kendall Randolph DB 6-0 175 Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

Nick Richardson OL 6-4 270 Westerville, Ohio (Central HS)

Thaddeus Snodgrass WR 6-1 180 Springfield, Ohio (Springfield)

Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings OL 6-3 320 Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park)

A.J. Stamps CB 6-0 190 Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg/East Mississippi CC)

Jared Tucker DB 5-11 170 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Kobie Walker LB 6-3 200 Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

Denzel Ware DE 6-2 240 Crestview, Fla. (Senior)

Darius West DB 6-0 200 Lima, Ohio (Central Catholic)

Stanley "Boom" Williams RB 5-9 190 Monroe, Ga. (George Walton Academy)

T.V. Williams WR 5-10 165 McKinney, Texas (McKinney)

Speaking of big, we have the Hefty Lefty, who may well be as big as Elam (only he plays Quarterback, not defensive tackle), celebrating with the rest of us:

Big day, in oh, so many ways. As Tom Leach said, the hay is almost all in the barn now.

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Previewing the Defensive Back Signees

Let's take a look at the newest defensive backs that Mark Stoops has signed to play for the Wildcats. This position was one with an immediate need for improvement.

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Signee Update As Of 9:30 AM

Four new commitments highlighted by defensive back Darius West, one of the most highly rated recruits in Kentucky's 2014 class. Here is the entire updated list. New since the last update are indicated by a * in the "New" column.

New Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)

Dorian Baker WR 6-3 205 Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)

Drew Barker QB 6-3 217 Burlington, Ky. (Conner)

Blake Bone WR 6-5 200 Woodruff, S.C. (Woodruff)
* Mike Edwards DB 5-11 185 Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods )
* Nico Firios LB 6-2 220 Longwood, Fla. (Lyman)
* Ryan Flannigan LB 6-3 230 Missouri City, Texas (Marshall/Blinn College)

Dorian Hendrix LB 6-0 230 Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)

Mikel Horton RB 6-1 223 West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)

Cory "C.J." Johnson DT 6-3 275 Columbia, S.C. (Chambersburg (Pa.)/ ASA College)

Garrett Johnson WR 5-11 175 Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange)

Josh Krok OL 6-8 325 Niles, Ohio (McKinley)

Jarrett LaRubbio OL 6-6 280 Middletown, Ohio (Lakota East)

Darryl Long TE 6-4 225 Westerville, Ohio (South)

Adrian Middleton DT 6-3 275 Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren)

Kendall Randolph DB 6-0 175 Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)

Nick Richardson OL 6-4 270 Westerville, Ohio (Central HS)

Thaddeus Snodgrass WR 6-1 180 Springfield, Ohio (Springfield)
* Jervontius "Bunchy" Stallings OL 6-3 320 Hoover, Ala. (Spain Park)

A.J. Stamps CB 6-0 190 Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg/East Mississippi CC)

Jared Tucker DB 5-11 170 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Kobie Walker LB 6-3 200 Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)

Denziel Ware DE 6-2 240 Crestview, Fla. (Senior)
* Darius West DB 6-0 200 Lima, Ohio (Central Catholic)

Stanley "Boom" Williams RB 5-9 190 Monroe, Ga. (George Walton Academy)

T.V. Williams WR 5-10 165 McKinney, Texas (McKinney)

Also, consider this tweet from Jen Smith:

That is one great recruiting story there.

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Signee Update As Of 9:00 AM

Time to update the signing list for Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class. Here is your new list, and the additions from the earlier list are noted with a * in the new column.

New Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Last School)

Dorian Baker WR 6-3 205 Cleveland Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)

Drew Barker QB 6-3 217 Burlington, Ky. (Conner)

Blake Bone WR 6-5 200 Woodruff, S.C. (Woodruff)

Dorian Hendrix LB 6-0 230 Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne)

Mikel Horton RB 6-1 223 West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)

Cory "C.J." Johnson DT 6-3 275 Columbia, S.C. (Chambersburg (Pa.)/ ASA College)
* Garrett Johnson WR 5-11 175 Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange)
* Josh Krok OL 6-8 325 Niles, Ohio (McKinley)

Jarrett LaRubbio OL 6-6 280 Middletown, Ohio (Lakota East)
* Darryl Long TE 6-4 225 Westerville, Ohio (South)
* Adrian Middleton DT 6-3 275 Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren)
* Kendall Randolph DB 6-0 175 Tallahassee, Fla. (Lincoln)
* Nick Richardson OL 6-4 270 Westerville, Ohio (Central HS)

Thaddeus Snodgrass WR 6-1 180 Springfield, Ohio (Springfield)

A.J. Stamps CB 6-0 190 Vicksburg, Miss. (Vicksburg/East Mississippi CC)

Jared Tucker DB 5-11 170 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Kobie Walker LB 6-3 200 Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel)
* Denziel Ware DE 6-2 240 Crestview, Fla. (Senior)

Stanley "Boom" Williams RB 5-9 190 Monroe, Ga. (George Walton Academy)

T.V. Williams WR 5-10 165 McKinney, Texas (McKinney)

I'm really excited to see Blame Bone and Denziel Ware in.  These were two I thought might flip, but they hung tough.  I like our chances for getting them all now.

Also, check out this picture of the UK chrome helmet:

We saw these last season at Western Kentucky. Pretty neat.

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First Batch Of New Kentucky Wildcats Is In

12 Wildcats have signed their national letters of intent as of right now, with many more to come.

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Previewing Kentucky's Historic Football Class

Kentucky is poised to have the most successful football recruiting haul ever barring any last minute changes. All of this on the heels of a 2-10 season is rather remarkable.

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Yahtzee!! Matt Elam Is A Wildcat

Today at his high school, highly-touted defensive tackle Matt Elam chose Kentucky over Alabama.

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KY HS players: Learning how to promote themselves?

Many Kentucky football fans have complained for years that Kentucky high schools produce more talent than is recognized by the four recruiting services. Granted, Kentucky doesn’t have the population size to warrant a lot of attention, but there is talent in the Bluegrass State.

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The End of the Dead Period

January 15th ended the last dead period for the 2014 recruiting cycle. Between now and Signing Day on February 5th, there is going to be plenty of action (as if there hasn’t already been since Texas began the annual coaching changing of the guards).

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Can Kentucky's Early Football Enrollees Contribute

Today marks the first day of the spring semester at the University of Kentucky, and with it five new freshmen football players officially enter the UK football program. By enrolling early these prospects increase the odds they'll be able to contribute on before the rest of the members in their class.

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