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Mark Stoops has commitments from several quality prospects as he completes his first full recruiting class at Kentucky. But recruiting isn't over until the ink is dry. And there are still some other prospects in play for Kentucky.

Mark Stoops has commitments from several quality prospects as he completes his first full recruiting class at Kentucky. But recruiting isn't over until the ink is dry. And there are still some other prospects in play for Kentucky.

The most obvious prospect that Kentucky is after is defensive tackle Matthew Elam. Elam is one of the nation's best interior defensive linemen according to Scout.com. He's got offers from some of the top programs in the nation and many thought he was bound to announce for Kentucky at the US Army All-American game last weekend. But Elam decided to postpone his announcement and looks to be looking at taking an official visit to Alabama (January 17th) before making his decision. The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder is planning to decide between Kentucky and Alabama.

A prospect who has appeared on the board of Kentucky rather suddenly is defensive tackle Travonte Valentine. The four-start prospect was previously committed to Miami, but decommitted and recently named LSU as his leader. However Elam and Valentine hit it off at the USAAA game and now there's an outside chance they want to play together. The latest rumor is that where ever Elam announces for, Valentine will take his official visit. He will also visit LSU this month. Valentine appears to be a long shot.

Kentucky has been working hard to add more beef to the offensive line. With Derrick Kelly likely headed elsewhere (more on that later), Josh Krok is definitely an option. While he is committed to West Virginia, there have been rumors that he plans to visit Kentucky, officially. If he does, then UK has the closers on campus to get the flip finished. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound tackle would fit in perfectly in this class and would help close things out the right way.

Jervontius Stallings is a two-star interior lineman prospect who holds an offer from Kentucky and an offer from Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are tough to beat when it comes to deep south prospects, but this Kentucky staff will offer him a chance to be a part of a great recruiting class and help turn around the program. He will visit Kentucky on the 24th and Mississippi State next weekend. Should he leave Starkville without committing, Kentucky may be in the driver's seat.

Derrick Kelly committed to Kentucky this summer. He is a high reward prospect due to his great size and athleticism. He looks the part of a prototype offensive tackle. Unfortunately for Kentucky some of the big boys came in and offered, including LSU and Florida State. Kelly decommitted from the Wildcats this fall. He still plans to visit Kentucky on January 31st. If Kentucky gets that visit, they still have a shot.

Kendall Randolph is a three-star safety who could wind up at Kentucky should all the pieces fall into place. Kentucky may be in second or third place behind Oklahoma and Louisville. The Cardinals were in front until Charlie Strong left for Texas. Randolph loved the Cardinal staff, but he hit it off with some Oklahoma prospects at Semper Fi. But Oklahoma has at least two prospects ahead of him on their board. Should OU land their higher priority players and things don't work out with Louisville, his official visit to Kentucky on the 24th could lead to a Wildcat commitment.

Finally Kameron Uter picked up a Kentucky offer recently. He was previously committed to Vanderbilt, but James Franklin's move to Penn State has caused him to open things back up. Uter will visit Arkansas next week. Penn State may ultimately offer as well, since Franklin offered him at Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver is a sleeper prospect who has all the tools to be an SEC receiver. It's unknown at this point what Kentucky's involvement is with Uter.

As always, the first Wednesday in February will provide plenty of fireworks throughout the country, including the Big Blue Nation.


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