Kentucky Football: National Signing Day Previewing the Offensive Line Signees

Andy Lyons

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.

Next year's freshmen crop of offensive linemen will be one of the best Kentucky football has signed in the modern recruiting service era. Josh Krok is an offensive tackle originally committed to West Virginia; Jarret LaRubbio who saw his stock climb over the course of the season; Jervontius Stallings is an offensive guard who reportedly improved a great deal his senior season; and Nick Richardson received interest from Ohio State late in the recruiting cycle.

The composite of two tackles and two guards (though Stallings could play center) provides an important balance to this year's offensive line. Their collective size, strength, and accolades also bodes well for the future. Notably, three of these recruits are from the state of Ohio and further indicate the emphasis UK is placing on that state. Given the depth at offensive tackle, it's likely that both Krok and Richardson redshirt barring a leap they make in the spring and summer that pushes them to the tops of the depth charts to at least second string. UK had issues at interior offensive line last season, so Stallings and LaRubbio could get at least an initial closer look. The depth they all provide will be important as the possibilities for injury are very real at this position.


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