GIDEL: Breakdown of the Early Enrollees

With Kentucky's outstanding run in football recruiting, more attention can be turned to more important things - like spring football - and the arrival of a set of newcomers who are expecting to provide some big things at Kentucky. We break down some of the new additions to the program.


Confirmed Spring Enrollees


Fidler's Set for January
Will Fidler
Quarterback
6-4, 200, 4.8
Henderson (Ky.) Co. HS
NR: #61 Rating ***

Analysis: The highest regarded quarterback out of the crop set to enroll at Kentucky next season, Fidler should provide instant competition on a team that is needle thin at the quarterback spot.

Stats/Accomplishments: As a junior, Fidler was named Class 4A Player of the Year after throwing for 4,000 yards and 45 touchdowns. Fidler finished his senior year at Henderson Co. completing more than 50% of his passes and averaging 210 yards a game through the air. He led the state in touchdown passes again, with 23.

Expectations: Although he will figure prominantly into UK's future plans, he is not expected to unseat Andre' Woodson at quarterback anytime soon. He could, however, give the staff something to think about with Curtis Pulley, possibly deciding to move Pulley to another position if Fidler proves in the spring he's a better prospect for the UK offense.

Goals: Fidler must learn the offense and use the early enrollment to get acclimated with the college scene, as well as get acquainted with his teammates. As a quarterback, their is simply no greater advantage than arriving early.


DB or WR for Adams?
E.J. Adams
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back
6-0, 190, 4.4
Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
NR: #79 Rating **

Analysis: Oddly enough, the highest ranked cornerback of the crop brought in to Kentucky last season, Adams decided to grayshirt after not making it academically. He should be 'fought' over by both defensive backs coach Steve Brown and wide receivers coach Joker Phillips. Both figure Adams can help their respective spots, but with a boatload of safeties and cornerbacks slated to enroll in the fall, perhaps Coach Phillips is in more need of Adams than Coach Brown.

Stats/Accomplishments: During his senior year, Adams caught 48 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns, while also rushing for 205 yards and five TDs. He earned Gwinnett County Player of the Month and two county player-of-the-week honors. Noteworthy physical abilities include a 4.4-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 41-inch vertical jump. Named one of the top 100 prospects in Georgia.

Expectations: Nobody in the class of 2005 comes from a more athletic family and Adams is 'expected' to add a different dimension by bringing his freakish athletic ability to the secondary or the receiving corp. He should be able to add that big-play dimension so many are searching for at receiver and would be able to at least offer some depth, if John Logan continues his struggles. It would be a tremendous waste if Adams is redshirted this year, for he is too talented.

Goals: He's a speed guy with a vertical jump to boot, but he's still very raw, having only played wide receiver and defensive back one year. He'll need to 'fine-tune' his skills in enrolling early and the staff will need the extra months to find out what his best position at the next level is.


Maurice Grinter
Maurice Grinter
Fullback/Linebacker
6-2, 220, 4.5
Louisville (Ky.) Fairdale
NR: NR Rating ***

Analysis: After signing his letter of intent to enroll at Louisville in the fall of 2005, Grinter was told he would have to wait until January. Upset over the situation, he decided to re-open his recruitment and will enroll in January at UK.

Stats/Accomplishments: Rushed for 1,467 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior at Fairdale High School, averaged 133.4 yards per game. As a junior, he rushed for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns in just five games and recorded 51 tackles and nine interceptions. He was voted first team All-State by the Lexington Herald-Leader and third team All-State selection by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Ranked as the nation's No. 14 fullback prospect by Tom Lemming and No. 105 on Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120. He earned All-District honors as a defensive back and All-State Honorable Mention in 2002. He was an All-State Honorable Mention running back as a junior.

Expectations: Grinter could end up at several spots and the expectation is that he'll add depth at a number of them. He's simply too quick to place anywhere else but linebacker on defense, but not fast enough to place anywhere else but fullback or running back. UofL had intentions of him coming in as a running back, but that same desire has never been expressed by the UK coaching staff. We'll see.

Goals: The goal is to find Grinter a home. As excited as UK fans are to have Maurice, he's no sure-fire straight shot to success. He's going to have to utilize the spring practice to find himself a position. UK could surely use a fullback that can run, but at his height, he'd clog more holes than open them. The staff needs to see what Grinter's desire is and where he wants to play.

T.C. Drake
Tight End
6-6, 225, 4.6
Nelson Co. (Ky.) Hargrave Prep
NR: #37 Rating ***

Analysis: Spurning a walk-on offer to UK at the last minute to head to Hargrave Prepatory, Drake earned his scholarship and got his grades in order and will enroll in the spring semester. Drake has blossomed into a playmaking tight end and a tremendous prospect in a short amount of time.

Stats/Accomplishments: Playing in a prodiminantly run-oriented system at Nelson Co., Drake had 12 catches for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns his senior season. Official stats for Hargrave's post-graduate team are not available.

Expectations: Drake, who is very raw to say the least playing just two full seasons of organized football heading into this semester at Hargrave, will need to help develop a group that is in dire need of a playmaker outside of Jacob Tamme.

Goals: Drake must continue his recent surge in his work ethic and add some additional weight to his frame. He is very inexperienced and needs to use the spring practice to get adapted to the speed of the college game, but also academically get ahead.


Possible Enrollment

Jamaal Jackson
Defensive End
6-4, 235, 4.5
Cordele (Ga.)Crisp Co.
NR: NR Rating **

Analysis: A burner on the outside, Jackson's got tremendous upside if he can get eligible. Nobody can seem to confirm whether or not he has done the work in the fall, as needed. Originally, there were problems in the clearing house's acceptance of the college prep courses Jackson had enrolled in. "They won't accept any classes that have "vocational" attached to it even though there are courses that both college prep and vocational students take that are credited to whichever path of education they're pursuing," Harvey Simpson, a source close to the situation confirmed prior to Jackson's ineligibility ruling. No word yet on if Jackson had made up the work this fall.

Stats/Accomplishments: Satilla Area Defensive Player of the Year (South Georgia area). First-team All-Southwest Georgia as a senior when he notched 84 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback sacks. Also first-team all-area and all-region and was honorable-mention all-state. Selected for the Georgia North-South All-Star game and played for the winning South team. Second-team all-region as a junior.

Expectations: If he enrolls, the expectation is that Jackson can come in and add immediate playing time at defensive end or linebacker, both areas in need of athletic upgrades. Particularly at Defensive End.

Goals: If he can get himself qualified, there is no reason why Jackson could not come in, learn the offense in the spring and possibly contend for an open Defensive End position. He's an immediate upgrade in a spot that needs it, most.

Corey Goodson
Defensive Back
6-0, 185, 4.56
Louisville (Ky.)Western/Hargrave Prep
NR: #50 Rating ***

Analysis: Should add immediate upgrade in the secondary, should he enroll in the spring or next fall. Has nice hips and has progressed nicely in his transition to cornerback at Hargrave. Had an interception returned for a touchdown in UK's junior varsity matchup versus Hargrave earlier this year.

Stats/Accomplishments: Ranked second in Jefferson County history and 13th on the Commonwealth career rushing chart with 6,062 yards. He tallied 98 rushing touchdowns in high school, as a four-year starter at running back. Topped the 1,000-yard mark his final three seasons. Rushed for 1,787 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior, earning second-team all-state accolades from the Louisville Courier-Journal. Winner of the Johnny Unitas Award as given by the Unitas Golden Arm Foundation. Ran for 1,983 yards his junior year, when he was honorable-mention all-state by the Courier-Journal. Four-year member of the all-district team.

Expectations: The expectation from Goodson is to learn the defensive schemes as quick as he can, for he will definitely see the field next season. As to what capacity he sees the field is up to his continued progression, starting when he arrives.

Goals: If he can learn the schemes fast enough and continue his progression at defensive back, there is a good chance we could see Goodson contending for a starting spot.


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