Signee: OL Kalavi Blanchard

Kentucky signs Kalavi Blanchard ...

Kalavi Blanchard
, Offensive Lineman,
6-4, 350, Jr-JC,
Kaaawa, Hawaii (Kahuku/Fresno City College)

Junior college offensive guard who was a two-year all-conference pick at Fresno (Calif.) City College … Helped FCC to an 8-3 record as a sophomore, including a berth in the Hawaiian Punch Bowl, the Northern California junior-college championship game … Team went 9-2 with a victory in the Producers Dairy Bowl his freshman season … Named to the All-California Junior College Team as a freshman … FCC totaled 8,644 yards total offense during those two seasons, an average of 392.9 yards per game … Blocked for running back Nate Wright, who rushed for 2,159 yards and 20 touchdowns the last two seasons, averaging 7.5 yards per carry … Coached at Fresno by Tony Caviglia … "Kalavi is extremely fast. He's a 340-pound guy who can run as fast as some of our linebackers," Caviglia said. "Coach Brooks and his crew got a great kid." … Originally signed with Hawaii in 2003 before attending junior college … Two-year starter at Kahuku High School who helped team to a two-year record of 26-2 and a state championship … First-team all-state as a senior as chosen by the Honolulu Advertiser … Coached in high school by Siuaki Livai … Also participated on the track and field team, competing in the shot put and discus throw … Chose Kentucky over Utah State … Will have two years of eligibility at UK.

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