SIGNING DAY: Grayshirts, Early Enrollees Bios

The University of Kentucky announced the signings of four additions early this January, two of which are grayshirts whom signed in February of 2005 and the other two are early enrollees.


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E. J. Adams
Defensive Back/Wide Receiver
6-0, 190
Fr-HS
Suwanee, Ga.
(North Gwinnett HS)

Enrolled at Kentucky in Jan. 2006 as a "grayshirt" … Originally signed with the Wildcats in Feb. 2005 … Explosive athlete who could play defensive back or wide receiver at the collegiate level; projected to get a first look at cornerback … Three-year letterman and two-year starter at North Gwinnett HS in Suwanee, Ga. … Was a quarterback throughout his playing days until his senior year, when he moved to wide receiver and running back … Started at QB his junior season and threw for more than 1,300 yards and rushed for 690 yards … During his senior year, he caught 48 passes for 654 yards and eight touchdowns … Rushed for 205 yards and five TDs … Earned Gwinnett County Player of the Month and two county player-of-the-week honors … North Gwinnett compiled a 9-3 record during his senior year, advancing to the second round of the playoffs in Class AAAAA, the largest classification in Georgia … 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 … Was a teammate of current Wildcat Ross Bogue … Coached by Dennis Roland … "E. J. is an exceptional athlete," said North Gwinnett assistant coach Mike Dunning. "He can make plays that turn around the tempo of a game. He did that several times with his speed alone." … Joined the track team as a junior, and in his first year he broke the school record in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, seven inches … Comes from a very athletic family … His father, Earnest, and brother, Corey, each played football at Albany State … His sister, Kimberly, runs track at Florida State … His cousin, Eric Scott, currently plays for UK … Picked UK over South Carolina.

T. C. Drake
Tight End
6-7, 225
Fr-HS
Bardstown, Ky.
(Nelson County/Hargrave Military)

Rangy tight end who has been timed at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Played the 2005 season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. … Helped Hargrave achieve an 8-3 record … Caught 25 passes for 175 yards … Had one catch for 16 yards in a Hargrave win over the Kentucky junior varsity … The nation's No. 32 prep-school prospect by Rivals.com … Coached at Hargrave by Robert Prunty … "T. C. reminded us of Leonard Pope (Georgia All-American tight end who also played at Hargrave) in that he was the same kind of blocker and had the same type of body when Leonard was here," said Brian White, Hargrave assistant coach. "T. C. had the best hands on the team this year, including the wide receivers and running backs, and you can expect big things out of him as a blocker." … Three-year letterman and two-year starter at Nelson County HS in Bardstown, Ky. … Team went to the state playoffs all three years he was on the varsity … All-district as a senior … Showed big-play ability with 15 receptions for approximately 400 yards and seven touchdowns … Coached at Nelson County by Bill Mason … "T. C. was a monster for us," Mason said. "It's not often you see a player with his skills and athletic ability enjoy blocking like he did. He was on a different level for a high-school tight end. He's a great kid from a great family and made such a step of maturity during his time at Hargrave." … Three-year letterman on the basketball team … Led team in scoring and field-goal percentage … His father, Terry, played basketball at Campbellsville University and St. Catharine College … Chose Kentucky over North Carolina State and Virginia.


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Enrolling Early
Will Fidler
Quarterback
6-4, 203
Fr-HS
Henderson, Ky.
(Henderson County HS)

Completed his high school degree in January and enrolled at Kentucky … Won the Roy Kidd Award as the Class AAAA (largest classification) Player of the Year in Kentucky as a junior and senior … Threw for 9,395 yards in his career, completing 618 of 1,017 passes, with 92 touchdowns … Ranks fourth in state history in passing yardage, fifth all-time in attempts and completions … Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Henderson (Ky.) County HS … Team went 43-9 in his four years … Went to the state playoffs each season, reaching the state semifinals his freshman and junior years … Finalist for Kentucky's "Mr. Football" award as a senior as he threw for 2,288 yards and 25 touchdowns … Also the team's punter, averaging 35 yards per punt … Chosen for the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" top-22 seniors in Kentucky … Named to the "Kentucky Tremendous 26" by the Kentucky High School Coaches Association … The Louisville Courier-Journal pegged him second-team all-state as a senior (covering all classifications), third team as a junior, and honorable mention as a sophomore … Kentucky Player of the Year his junior season by American Football Monthly … Junior year stats featured 4,050 passing yards and 45 TDs … Two-year choice for the All-Big Eight Conference team … One of the nation's top-25 pro-style quarterback prospects by Rivals.com … Also the Rivals.com No. 8 prospect in Kentucky … Coached by Tom "Duffer" Duffy … "Will has the size, arm strength, and the ‘want to do it' to succeed in college," Coach Duffy said … Two-year letterman in basketball … Competed three years in track, competing in the discus throw and 400-meter dash … An uncle, George Petitgout, played football at Penn State … A cousin, Luke Petitgout, played football at Notre Dame and currently is a starting offensive tackle for the New York Giants … Three brothers, Rob Egan, Eric Egan, and Alex Egan, all played football at Southern Illinois; Rob also played at Alabama … Received recruiting attention from numerous teams, but made an early commitment to Kentucky and did not seriously consider other schools.


Maurice Grinter
Maurice Grinter
Running Back
6-2, 240
Fr-HS
Louisville, Ky.
(Fairdale HS)

Enrolled at Kentucky in Jan. 2006 … Good-sized running back who combines power and speed … Four-year starter at Fairdale HS in Louisville … Team advanced to the state playoffs all four seasons … Known best as a running back, he also played wide receiver, quarterback, and defensive back during his career ... Rushed for 1,467 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior … Third-team all-state pick by the Louisville Courier-Journal and was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top-22 seniors in Kentucky … Rushed for approximately 1,100 yards and 15 TDs in just five games during his junior season, adding 51 tackles and nine interceptions on defense … Honorable-mention all-state as a sophomore and junior … The No. 6 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com and No. 8 by SuperPrep for the 2005 recruiting class … Played for the winning Kentucky team in the Kentucky-Tennessee HS All-Star Game in the summer of 2005 … Coached by Mike Gossett … Four-year starter in basketball … First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal and second-team all-state as a junior … Two-time region player of the year … Averaged 18.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game during his senior season … Third in school history in scoring (1,721 points) and second in rebounding (797 boards) … Spent two years on the track team … Competed in the high jump, long jump, the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay … Went to the state meet in all four events … His father, Maurice Morris, helped Fairdale win consecutive state basketball championships and went on to play that sport at Southern Mississippi … Originally signed with Louisville in Feb. 2005 but did not enroll.


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