Cats land DE Kengera Daniel

Three-star North Carolina defensive end Kengera Daniel announced his college choice on Wednesday night, giving Kentucky another big piece in its 2015 class.

Daniel (6-5, 251) picked the Wildcats over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia, announcing his choice via a live stream on BleacherReport.

He is currently rated the No. 90 defensive end prospect in the nation by Scout. Boston College, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee had also offered the Millbrook High School standout.

Daniel took a visit to Lexington three weeks ago when the Wildcats upset South Carolina at Commonwealth Stadium. He cited the atmosphere during his visit as a big key in his decision, along with forging a close relationship with UK head coach Mark Stoops, defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh.

Daniel's commitment give the Cats 16 verbals in the Class of 2015, including two top defensive ends. Jason Stowbridge, a four-star end from Florida, committed to UK earlier in September.

Those commitments are critical for UK, which will lose seniors Alvin "Bud" Dupree and Za'Darius Smith at the end of the current season. As a junior, Daniel put up some eye-popping statistics, recording 85 tackles, 42 of them for losses, and 13 sacks.

Daniel is the first North Carolina prospect to commit to the Cats under Stoops. The staff has been trying to make in-roads to the state in recent years.

Kentucky currrently has Scout's No. 20 class in the national team rankings.

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