On signing day the Kentucky Wildcats signed a number of athletes who will be competing when camp opens next summer for playing time at the defensive back positions. Kentucky coach Joker Phillips was asked what impact available playing time had on the class.
Phillips said, "One of the selling points was (recruits) were going to have an opportunity to come in here and play."
"Again, we will continue to do what we have done in the past, our present players will be battling for the 1 and 2 spots because we want to give our new kids this new class an opportunity to get enough reps to see if they can come in and help us. They will come in at the 3 spot. Some, because of depth, may come in at the 2 spot."
"They will all get an opportunity early to see if they can help us."
"We feel like the more that can help us -- again, we played 11 out of our class last year, and this class should be able to come in and help us, even more this year."
Kentucky lost several defensive backs, including All-SEC performer Winston Guy, from the defensive back rotation. Playing time is bolstered by Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter's use of the hybrid DB/LB position in order to gain speed on defense.