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Kentucky Football Recruiting: 2 Potential Impact Freshmen on Defense

After finishing with an impressive 2016 signing class, we take a look at three players who could make an impact as a true freshman

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Before I go into detail about these two signees who are most likely to have an early impact during their time in Lexington, let me take this time to introduce myself. My name is Russell Johnson and I am going to be one of the lead recruiting writers around here. I spent most of last season covering Vanderbilt at Anchor of Gold, and I am thrilled to be here. I went to UK for a year before transferring back home (Akron, Ohio) due to the out-of-state tuition that was just too much to handle. I have a beautiful wife and two-year-old daughter named Emory, and anytime I am not on my computer writing or at work, I can most likely be seen with them. You can follow me on Twitter at @JohnsonERA13. Now onto those recruits...

ILB Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel was a HUGE get for Stoops and the rest of this staff, and he is already on campus, as he was an early enrollee for the spring semester. Daniel brings to the table the intensity and instincts that this defense is in major need of going forward as they push for bowl eligibility in the coming season.

Daniel showed his versatility throughout his time at Paintsville HS in Paintsville, KY by playing both sides of the ball, and was the quarterback on his team as well. Look out for Kash in the spring game.

DE/OLB Jaylin Bannerman

OLB Jaylin Bannerman is someone I have been following for many years, and to see him end up in this class was special for the future of this front seven and to see Kentucky continue to build relationships in the state of Ohio. Bannerman was a defensive end for Pickerington Central HS in Pickerington, OH and flew under the radar for nearly the entire recruiting cycle.

What makes him special and a potential impact player going forward is his ability to find the ball in any situations. From blocking kicks to making tackles he shouldn't even have a chance at, Jaylin has the ability to be special.His elite size for the position (6-foot-6 and 215 pounds) fits the recent prototype of this "hybrid" position. Unlike Kash, Bannerman is not on campus currently, but when he gets to Lexington, look out.

Next week, we will take an in-depth look at the offensive side of the ball, including one player who is already on campus who could have a huge role in determining the success of this team in the future. After that, we will take a look at 30 remaining targets for the class of 2017, several of which are currently committed to other schools.