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Kentucky Football signs 2 big-time defenders in DeAndre Square and Stanley Garner

These 4-star defenders could make an immediate impact at UK.


The Kentucky Wildcats continue to lock up their promising 2018 class.

The latest two signees are cornerback Stanley Garner and linebacker DeAndre Square. Both players sent in their national letters of intent early Wednesday morning.

Garner, who hails from Dillard High School (FL), committed to UK while holding scholarship offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami and West Virginia among many others.

Making Garner’s addition even bigger is that he’ll be an early-enrollee, giving him a great shot to earn playing time in what was a struggling secondary last season.

Here is his UK bio:

Four-star recruit by, which evaluates him as the No. 35 cornerback in the nation … Plans to enroll at Kentucky in January … All-Broward County selection … Was invited to play in the prestigious Broward County vs. Dade County All-Star Game, but will be unable to participate because of his enrollment at UK … Was a standout two-way player, as he also played wide receiver on offense … Coached by Rick Hemingway at Dillard High School … Helped lead Dillard to the district championship … Will rejoin former Dillard teammate Jordan Wright at Kentucky … Entertained dozens of Division I offers, from every Power 5 conference, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and many others.

Square, who’s from Detroit Cass Tech (MI), holds offers from the likes of LSU, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arizona, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue and Iowa among many others. Rivals ranks him as the sixth-best prospect from the football-loaded state of Michigan.

Here is his UK bio:

A hard-hitting linebacker at powerhouse Cass Tech … Rated a four-star player and No. 20 outside linebacker nationally … Played both sides for head coach Thomas Wilcher … Had 84 tackles and forced four fumbles to help Cass Tech advance to the Division 1 state semifinals as a senior … Selected to play in the Offensive-Defense All-American Bowl in New Orleans … Also helped his team capture the Division I state title with a perfect 14-0 record in 2016, the first undefeated season in program history … Coach Wilcher said, “He’s fast, quick and tough and would do whatever was asked of him without question and then do it at a high level” … Chose Kentucky after considering LSU, Michigan State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Cincinnati.