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UK announces signing of Michael Drennen

The 4-star offensive weapon could play a major role at UK as a true freshman.

UK Athletics

The Kentucky Wildcats have officially signed Michael Drennen II, the school announced Thursday.

Drennen announced his commitment to the Wildcats on Wednesday, the first day of the late signing period, but opted to wait a day before faxing in his national letter of intent.

“We are so excited to add Michael to our already strong 2020 recruiting class,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. “We’ve known him since he was an eighth-grader and he’s become an extremely versatile and dynamic player with big-time play-making ability. He can help us in so many ways and he’s a great addition to our Wildcat family.”

The signing further bolsters a UK class that is ranked in the top 25 nationally by Rivals, ESPN and 247 Sports. The Cats now have 11 signees who have been rated as four or five-star players by Rivals.

Here is a look at Drennen’s UK Athletics bio:

Michael Drennen II, Athlete, 5-11, 196, Fr.-HS, Dublin, Ohio (Coffman) – Consensus four-star prospect … Considered the No. 6 all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports … No. 3 overall recruit in Ohio by Rivals and 247Sports … Four-year starter for head coach Mark Crabtree … Helped lead the Rocks to the state playoffs all four years of his prep career, including two straight regional title games … Was limited as a senior due to injury … Earned a spot on the All-America Future 50 game roster … Earned second-team All-Ohio honors as a junior in 2018 after rushing for 801 yards on 162 carries, making 30 receptions for 464 yards, and scoring 16 touchdowns in helping the Shamrocks (11-2) to a regional final … Earned the 2019 Buckeye Blue Chip Award, given by the Touchdown Club of Columbus … Excels in the classroom with a 3.7 grade point average … Had over 40 scholarship offers but ultimately chose Kentucky over Southern California, Alabama, Arizona State Auburn, LSU, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Tennessee … Nickname is “Donut.”