2011 Commitments (Defense)

Joker Phillips and his staff have brought in another solid recruiting class. This class features a handful of players who can step in immediately and help the Wildcats take the next step in the Southeastern Conference.

Joker Phillips and his staff have brought in another solid recruiting class. This class features a handful of players who can step in immediately and help the Wildcats take the next step in the Southeastern Conference.

Glen Faulkner – 6-2 185 – S - East St. Louis High (Ill.) – Arguably the top player in Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class, safety Glen Faulker is a player who can step in next year and help the Wildcats out at free safety. Faulkner has great closing speed and field awareness, which helps him to excel on the high school level. Faulkner also has little problem stepping up in run support and taking on blockers and the ball carrier. Faulkner could redshirt next season, but will likely be able to work his way into the rotation on special teams and in a backup role.

Riyahd Jones – 5-11 ½ 175 – DB – Carver High (Ga.) – Riyahd Jones was one of the players who made a name for himself on the summer camp circuit. Jones has great footwork and quickness (4.1 shuttle), not to mention excellent straight ahead speed. He has improved dramatically at tackling as well, which will make him more viable in run support. Jones will likely redshirt next season. There's a chance that Jones will get a look at wide receiver as well, but will likely be looked to as one of the young corners of UK's future.

Christian Coleman – 6-5 265 – DL – Milan High (Tn.) – If Kentucky chooses to change over into a 3-4 defense in the future, one player who fits well into that format is Christian Coleman. Coleman is a massive player who already has the size to play defensive end on the college level, but his frame will allow him to grow into a defensive tackle if necessary. Coleman isn't just a big body, though. He has good athleticism and has performed well at tight end and offensive tackle at the high school level. With a redshirt year, Coleman could see some action as a redshirt freshman on the defensive line.

Daylen Hall – 5-9 190 – CB – St. Xavier (Ky.) – Daylen Hall is one of the better overall athletes in the state of Kentucky. Despite his diminutive size, Hall packs a punch on his tackles and he packed on fifteen pounds of muscle before his senior season, while losing no speed (4.33 forty). Hall could also return kicks early on in his career at the next level, while preparing to get on the field as a nickel back..

Nile Daniel – 5-11 ½ 170 – CB – Griffin High (Ga.) – It's clear that one of Joker Phillips's top goals going into the recruiting season was to add depth to the defensive backfield. Daniel brings that depth. Daniel is a player who doesn't have great burst on his speed, but his footwork and quickness are top notch. Daniel will need to gain more strength in order to play at the next level, but he does have good technique and the drive. Daniel could also see time as a wide receiver if necessary.

Ashely Lowery – 6-2 195 – S – White County High (Ga.) – Ashely Lowery won't wow you with his quickness or straight ahead speed. Nor will Lowery be one of those combine freaks. But Lowery is a powerful runner who doubles as a safety who would likely play early on as strong safety for Kentucky. With additional strength and weight gain, Lowery could also grow into an outside linebacker for the Wildcats. Either way, he's just a good all around athlete who should turn out to be yet another steal out of the state of Georgia.

Shaquille Love – 6-5 270 – DL – Harriman High (Tn.) – Much like his fellow Tennessean, Christian Coleman, Shaquille Love is a mountain of a man who could see snaps at a number of positions. Love looks the part of a defensive tackle early in his career and his overall athleticism at the position could make him a standout at defensive tackle after sitting out and gaining more strength. Love plays all over the defensive line for his high school and also plays some offensive tackle as well, a position that he could get a look at during his college days.

Eric Dixon – 6-0 170 – CB – Vigor High (AL.) – Eric Dixon is one of Alabama's top defensive backs and one the more explosive defenders on Kentucky's commitment list. Dixon is capable of being a lockdown corner with his speed and quick feet. He also has great closing speed enabling him to make plays on the ball while it's in the air or allowing him to make big hits on the receiver. Unlike many high school corners, Dixon is also an excellent open field tackler, which could give him a chance to play early on at the next level.

David Washington – 6-2 270 - DL – Lovejoy High (Ga.) – Another solid defensive lineman in Kentucky's 2011 class is David Washington. Washington could play any position along the defensive line, but he's slated early on for defensive tackle. Washington is an excellent pass rusher for a defensive tackle, good enough to be a defensive end on running downs. However Washington will need to add strength to his 270-pound frame in order to compete at a high level.

Other prospects who could join the 2011 class

E.J. May – 5-11 175 – CB – McGill-Toolen High (AL.) – There have been academic questions around May and there's a chance that he won't be joining the Wildcats class, although we at Scout.com have not been able to confirm this. May is one of the top corners in south Alabama. He's got good closing speed and straight ahead speed, however he lacks the technique necessary to play early on.

Farrington Huguenin – 6-5 250 – DE – Dreher High – All signs point to Farrington Huguenin enrolling in UK for the fall semester and participating in fall camp. Huguenin possesses the size and speed (4.7) necessary to be a dynamic pass rusher for the Wildcats. He just needs to continue to get stronger and keep his academics in order. Huguenin was originally a part of the 2010 recruiting class who decided to attend prep school after not qualifying early on.

Jabari Johnson – 6-3 240 – LB – Stephenson High (Ga.) – Jabari Johnson has reportedly been cleared through the NCAA Clearinghouse and is ready to enroll at UK for the spring semester and compete in spring practice. Johnson is a linebacker who could play any of the three linebacker positions because of his sideline to sideline speed and most importantly his ability to make tackles. Johnson will likely see time as a strong side linebacker, but could also double as a rush end at times.

Timothy Patterson – 6-5 220 – DE – Central High (Ky.) – One of the most talented players in the state of Kentucky, Tim Patterson came off a knee injury that would have kept him from participating this season. Patterson played linebacker at the high school level, but his speed and size are ideal for defensive end. Patterson will likely see time at outside linebacker before moving to defensive end. Patterson is a grayshirt and will participate in spring practice.

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