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Kentucky’s path to a top 10 recruiting class officially begins today.

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UPDATE 6:15 pm ET

4-star junior college defensive back Zah Frazier announced his pledge to the Wildcats.


UPDATE 5:10 pm ET

Kiyaunta Goodwin has officially signed with the Kentucky Wildcats over Michigan State.

Kentucky has also announced the signings of Destin Wade, Keaten Wade, Barion Brown and Dane Key, so Kentucky has everyone accounted for in terms of 2022 commitments.

Other Kentucky recruits who’ve yet to sign include offensive lineman Jalen Farmer (Florida commit), JUCO defensive back Zah Frazier, and cornerback Davison Igbinosun.


UPDATE 2:41 pm ET

Florida transfer Khris Bogle has signed with Michigan State over Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Kentucky has announced the addition of Auburn transfer Tashawn Manning.

Here is another live stream for Kiyaunta Goodwin via Travis Graf.


UPDATE 1:27 pm ET

Kentucky has announced the additions of Ja’Kobi Albert and Tayvion Robinson.

As for Kiyaunta Goodwin, he’s now planning to make his final decision at 5 pm ET at Aspirations Gym in Louisville (KY) where he trains. It will be open to the public.

You can watch the decision on CBS Sports Live.

Goodwin is still listed as a Kentucky commitment, and their 2022 class currently ranks No. 10 at 247 Sports.


UPDATE 11:40 am ET

Kentucky has landed 4-star recruit Ja’Kobi Albert, as well as Virginia Tech transfer wideout Tayvion Robinson. Kentucky has also announced the signings of kicker Jackson Smith.

However, not all news is good, as junior college cornerback DeCarlos Nicholson has flipped from Kentucky to Mississippi State.


UPDATE 10:45 am ET

Kentucky has signed highly-touted 4-star recruit Deone Walker.


UPDATE 9:45 am ET

The Kentucky Wildcats have officially signed Tomiwa Durojaiye, Andre Stewart, Brandon White, Grant Bingham, Tyreese Fearbry, Quentel Jones, Alex Afari, Elijah Reed, Jordan Anthony, Josh Kattus, Nik Hall. Afari was strongly considering a flip to Cincinnati, but Kentucky managed to win out in the end.

Also, Kiyaunta Goodwin was set to make his final decision this morning, but that will now come at 3:30 pm ET.


National Signing Day — a day so many college football programs have been looking forward to — has arrived. It’s a day that can quickly change the course of an upcoming season as well as future years of a football program.

It’s also the day that several recruits can “flip” their commitment due to the coach that recruited them leaving for another school or the recruit simply being blown away by another program last minute.

Hopefully, for Kentucky’s sake, the Wildcats will avoid any and all “flips” as the signing period gets underway.

While some players will quickly announce their signing on Wednesday, others may take a handful of weeks or even months to make their decision. As Kentucky heads into signing day with the 13th-ranked recruiting class, here is a list of names to be on the lookout for.

  1. Davison Igbinosun
  2. Deone Walker
  3. Drew Bobo
  4. Ja’Kobi Albert
  5. Jalen Farmer
  6. Khris Bogle
  7. Kiyaunta Goodwin
  8. Marcus Banks
  9. R. Mason Thomas
  10. Tayvion Robinson

Of those 10 recruits, expect Albert, Farmer and Goodwin to remain on “flip watch” until we hear otherwise. Alex Afari and DeCarlos Nicholson aren’t on Kentucky’s top 10 big board but are also on “flip watch.”

While the key to the day is of course to land Goodwin, the world will indeed not end if he flips to another school at the last minute. Though Goodwin would be a historical win for Kentucky recruiting and secure momentum to land other talented recruits, one player doesn’t make or break a football team. Yes, Goodwin could immediately impact Kentucky’s win-now mentality next season. However, Kentucky has proven they can develop their share of 3/4-star recruits and turn them into stars. If Goodwin ends up flipping, Kentucky has at least secured a commitment from Auburn Transfer Tashawn Manning to fill the void at offensive tackle.

One name that could be mentioned as a “flip” candidate in favor of Kentucky is Farmer. The 3-star offensive linemen took to Twitter on Sunday with this tweet that looks like Kentucky is swooping in last minute to win over the talented prospect.

Lane Kiffin and his Ole Miss staff may be the thorn in Kentucky’s side as today gets underway. The Rebels head coach has his eyes on Igbinosun and Nicholson. While Ole Miss has appeared to throw the kitchen sink at winning over these two, Kentucky should still be in the driver seat (for now).

There are so many decisions that can and can’t be predicted. There’s so much madness that will unfold and so much excitement for all football programs to enjoy as Signing Day begins.

Will Kentucky lock up the recruits and transfers they need to win now as well as down the road? What’s your prediction for the top names on Kentucky’s list? Let us know in the comment section below. Every signature counts.

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KSR’s National Signing Day HQ - Kentucky Sports Radio

Signing Day is here!

National Signing Day: Ten prospects on flip watch - Rivals

Kiyaunta Goodwin makes the list.

Brad White appears to have turned down job at LSU - Kentucky Sports Radio

Huge news that dropped just ahead of signing day.

Now a state champ, Tomiwa Durojaiye looks ahead to UK - Cats Illustrated

Delaware’s No. 1 prospect.

Vince Marrow Offers California OT on Signing Day Eve - Kentucky Sports Radio

In Vince we trust.

Senior Bowl happy to have UK All-American Darian Kinnard - Vaught’s Views

As they should.

Kentucky United telethon raises more than $3M for storm victims - Cats Illustrated

What an awesome job by these guys.

Tshiebwe vs. Liddell: Battle between NPOY candidates - Kentucky Sports Radio

Saturday should be an excellent matchup.

Auburn Transfer Headed to Kentucky - Vaught’s Views

More great news that came before signing day.

Curry relishes ‘special moment’ after breaking career 3-point record - ESPN

No better place to do it than The Garden.

Complete college football bowl schedule for the 2021 season - USA Today

Mark your calendars for the next two weeks.

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo in protocols, ruled out for Wednesday - ESPN

The Association suddenly hit with a ton of COVID cases.