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Kentucky Wildcats add juco linebacker/defensive end Jordan Bonner to 2016 class

After struggling to replace the pass rush vacated by NFL Draft picks Bud Dupree and Za'Darius Smith this season, the Kentucky Wildcats have turned to the junior college ranks in hopes of getting more heat on the quarterback next year.

Three-star Northeast Oklahoma A&M linebacker/defensive end Jordan Bonner gave his verbal commitment to UK after making an official visit this weekend.



Bonner (6-5, 225, 4.5) picked the Cats over Tennessee, Louisville, Nebraska and a number of other programs. He played in nine games at NEO this season, recording 37 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Kentucky had just 17 sacks during the 2015 season, tied for last in the SEC with Auburn. By contrast, the league leader, SEC champion Alabama, had 46.

The Ohio native, who was recruited by Buckeye State ace Vince Marrow, is on track to graduate in May.

The Cats now have 23 commitments in the Class of 2016. Bonner joins offensive tackle Tate Leavitt and wide receiver Keyaune Ross as fellow juco products UK will add to the roster. 

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