Wildcats sign quality prospects

Kentucky landed another solid recruiting class today. Joker Phillips and staff signed 25 players to Letters-of-Content. Top to bottom, the class appears to be one that will be a big building block for the future.

Kentucky landed another solid recruiting class today. Joker Phillips and staff signed 25 players to Letters-of-Content. Top to bottom, the class appears to be one that will be a big building block for the future.

The SEC has limited the number of signees that each school can bring in, but that didn't stop the Wildcats from bringing in a balanced class that adds good players to every position.

Kentucky's offense had been mediocre most of last season and adding help on that side of the ball was paramount.

Quarterback Patrick Towles headlines the group. The three-star prospect is a player that Kentucky looks to as a leader for the future of the offense. But he needs people to help him get the ball down the field.

Wide receivers A.J. Legree and DeMarcus Sweat both are long, fast athletes at wide receiver. They have the ability to make tough catches, go up strong for the ball and score at a moment's notice. Additionally Jalen Whitlow could play at wide receiver also. Whitlow was signed as a quarterback, but he's an athlete who could contribute in many ways.

Kentucky also needed to add to the depth at running back. Initially it appeared Kentucky would bring in only Dyshawn Mobley, but the Tennessee native was joined by former Alabama commitment, Justin Taylor. Between the two of them, Kentucky added the required depth and got better at the position. Both Taylor and Mobley can break away against the defense, but also break through arm tackles.

As nice as the players listed above are, they can't do their jobs unless the offensive line can block for them. Kentucky added a big, skilled group of offensive linemen.

Kentucky added five offensive linemen who come in as big as most of the linemen the Wildcats already have on the roster. The smallest player among the group is three-star, Kentucky legacy prospect, Zach Myers (6-foot-3, 285-pounds). But the rest of the group is even more impressive, physically. Jon Toth stands 6-foot-5, 290-pounds. Jordan Watson is 6-foot-4, 315-pounds. T.J. Jones is 6-foot-6, 290-pounds. Jordan Swindle is 6-foot-7, 310-pounds.

Kentucky also brought in one of the nation's top kickers, Landon Foster. Foster can play as a punter or as a kicker and is expected to carve his niche with the Cats early on in the process.

The defensive line is a young group that needed more depth and pass rushing ability. It's unclear how much the signees will be able to rush the passer at this stage, but the three down-linemen look like SEC caliber prospects.

Thomas Chapman was rated as one of the nation's top 35 defensive tackles. Patrick Graffree joins him on the line as a space-eater in the middle. Chapman appears to be more of a run stuffer, while Graffee will be a little more of a pass rusher from the middle. Langston Newton will come in as a strong side defensive end that will be able to get into the backfield, but also make plays against the run.

Kentucky also signed a trio of linebackers that all look destined to become big contributors for the defense. Kadeem Thomas will plug the middle and bring his prolific tackling mentality to the program. He's flanked on each side by two Georgia natives who are play-makers by nature. Daron Blaylock is a rangy prospect who can make plays at linebacker or maybe even at safety. Khalid Henderson is also rangy and strong. The former Tennessee commit adds even more athleticism to an already talented group.

And since the defensive backs are suffering heavy losses, the Wildcats really stocked up at corner and safety this year. The Wildcats added eight prospects, including a junior college transfer who's already enrolled. Kory Brown is already on campus, working out with the team. Brown joins Josh Harris and Zack Blaylock (Daron's twin brother) at safety. Zack was one of the top players in all of Georgia this season. Sterling Wright rounds out the safety class.

Another Georgian, Shawn Blaylock (no relation) will likely start out at corner along with Cody Quinn, Jonathan Reed and Fred Tiller. This foursome provides good ball skills and excellent speed. As a group they are versatile as well, with the ability to play at corner or even as a return specialist at the SEC level.

As a whole, Kentucky got better this year. They added difference makers on both sides of the ball and the requisite size to compete in the SEC.

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