SIGNING DAY: 5 Impact Signees

The University of Kentucky's Signing Class of 2007 has more than 25 members for the fourth straight year. Which of the signees will have the earliest impact?

5. D.J. Stafford - Step one was getting the Granger DT to sign with the Wildcats out of high school. Now the hard part is keeping the 4-star DE from landing elsewhere after a year of prep school at Hargrave. UK was unsuccessful at bringing Corey Goodson in after a year in Hargrave and additionally, lost Demetrius Goode to Alabama. What will happen with Stafford and his final college destination will more than likely be determined February of 2008.


4. Stuart Hines - Hard not to like the 6-foot-5, 275 pound offensive lineman from Bowling Green (Ky.). He's got all the intangibles - size, work ethic and a non-stop motor - to be a future All-SEC offensive lineman. While Hines may not have the chance to start immediately, he'll make a dent in the depth chart in a year or two and is grossly underrated by Scout.com.
3. Kyrus Lanxter - Kyrus was a must get for the staff after the tragic death of John Keye. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds he's got the speed and the size to make an impact in the receiving corp. Although a redshirt season might be best for the program to restore some depth to the position, Lanxter might need to play next season with the uncertain situation with Mike Strickland and the play of Terence Jones. If UK can't find production elsewhere, the Alcoa (Tn.) native may get his shot sooner rather than later. If and when his opportunity arises, the staff feels he can become the next Keenan Burton, not only in play, but in off-the-field leadership.
2. Jess Beets - The 6-foot-3, 300 pound junior college addition will be forgotten about because he's already enrolled in school, but make no bones about it, Beets is a guy the UK coaching staff expects to head to campus and play next year, immediately. The Saddleback JC offensive tackle is going to get a look at center next year with the hopes he can beat out fellow junior college OL Josh Winchell as the man that replaces departing senior and captain Matt McCutcheon. With Beets' addition, the pressure to mold Winchell into a position he's less than familair with becomes a mute point.
1. Shane McCord - Kentucky needed to land an impact defensive tackle and they landed two in the summer, only to be left at the altar by Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central HS standout Jeff Boyd two weeks before signing day. Surprisingly enough, the staff didn't panic and try to fill Boyd's void quickly and that's more than likely because they believe the 6-foot-1, 275 pounder is that good in the middle. For the coaching staff's sake, he better be.

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