SIGNING DAY: Five Sleepers to Watch

Let's be honest, my girlfriend could sit at a combine and pick out the Micah Johnsons and the Corey Peters of the world when taking a look at the upcoming prospects and commitments, but it takes more to notice that other kid - that shy, red-headed, freckled face, mullet head - that might turn out to be the next super model. Here's five sleepers to watch.

5. Darrell Stevens 6'0 170 Tampa (Fla.) Robinson HS
This is a 'bust you in the mouth' type receiver that Joker Phillips loves and really needed. He's a competitor who does his talking on the field, but physically, he competes on every single play. The dimensions that make a receivers come a dime a dozen in reality, but finding one that takes route running and blocking serious, gets a freshmen on the football field. He's played good competition in the sunshine state and oh yeah, he's smart, so the academic trials that accompany the everyday freshmen, won't be a problem.

4. Sam Maxwell 6'3 225 Hartwell (Ga.) Hart Co.
He was an athletic addition last year that was something to be excited about, and after a year of hardwork and getting himself eligible, Maxwell's coming to Kentucky. He's a head-hunter that loves to play football. He's smart, he's quick and did I mention - he loves to hit. He's the linebackers UK hasn't had a chance to get. Maxwell was one UK got, and the staff has done everything in their power to make sure he gets to Lexington. There's a reason for that - Maxwell's a stud.

3. Michael Hartline 6'6 185 Canton (Oh.) Glenoak
There was a time after his junior season when Hartline was being seriously considered for the Elite 11. When the rankings were first released, Hartline was a Hot 100 selection - in the country. For whatever reason, the lanky 6-6 gunslinger was thrown to the side, partly because of the year he had as a senior with an unproven group around him, and the loss of his brother at receiver. Make no mistake about it though, Hartline could be an NFL prospect if he devotes himself to getting bigger. That's why ESPN ranks him the No. 15 QB in the country. The future is bright for Hartline, he will just need time.

2. Ashton Cobb 6-0 205 Alquippa (Pa.) Center Area
If you grow up in big families, you know how you are raised when you are the middle child of 15. Well, that's Ashton - humble, committed and an unending hard worker. In the end, Ashton won't be satisfied in leaving Kentucky until his jersey is hung from the rafters. The only reason why fans aren't more ectastic about Cobb's commitment was because it was the second or third of the 2006 class. Otherwise, they would have been on their hands and knees in prayer waiting for him.

1. Moncell Allen 5'7 225 New Orleans (La.) Providence Day
I believe in fate. It was Allen's fate to be a Wildcat, considering the circumstances he had to overcome in picking UK over schools such as USC, UCLA, Nebraska and LSU and the course of events that happened afterwards. In due time, Allen will get his shot and it's hard to fathom anyone in the SEC not believing he won't make the most of it. The young man has been defying the odds since his birth. The big boned, bulldog of a back, is anything but a finesse player. As his coach desribed: "Moncell reminded me of Natrone Means. He has the wiggle and shake to make you miss and he also ran over some guys. On his first day of practice here, four of our players got hurt, so we had to have him ease up in practice. We nicknamed him the ‘Louisiana Locomotive.'"

Those are five to watch in the future. May not happen in 2006, but all five of these young man will leave a lasting mark on the program in the coming years.

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