In-Depth: A Look at UK's Top Prospects II

Kentucky's senior class is one of the winningest classes in it's history and Rich Brooks and his staff have their work cut out for them in replacing them. Here are some of the top prospects UK is involved with that could soften the blow for the Cats.

Chris Hawkins - 6-2 175 Channelview HS Channelview TX

Kentucky's offense two years ago was highly explosive due to a group of outstanding wide receivers and a great quarterback. Brooks wants his team back at that level as soon as possible and a player who can help him there is Chris Hawkins. Hawkins is an all-around receiver. He can catch anything thrown his way, he's physical and he is fast. With added strength, Hawkins could probably compete for a starting role from day one at UK. He'll probably make a decision during or after his senior season.

Nigel Terrell - 6-2 205 Pelham HS Pelham AL

Defensively the Wildcats have had some explosive linebackers in recent years. That's a trend that needs to continue if the Wildcats want to keep improving every season. Nigel Terrell is a prospect who fits into that plan nicely. The Alabama native lists Kentucky, Florida State and West Virginia as the schools that are recruiting him hardest, but he's still receiving interest from UAB, West Virginia, Arkansas, Florida State and Western Kentucky. Terrell plans to narrow his school choices down over the coming weeks.

Darius Robinson - 6-0 170 Westlake HS Atlanta GA

Kentucky will graduate one of it's greatest corners of all-time this season in Trevard Lindley. That loss makes a quality corner a priority. Possibly the top corner on the board for Kentucky is Robinson. Robinson has the speed and the ball skills required for the one-on-one style that Wildcat corners play. One of his former teammates, Greg Wilson, is on the Wildcat roster so that's an added advantage. Kentucky is among his top five suitors along with Clemson, Miami, Central Florida and Stanford. Robinson's decision should be expected after his senior year.

Derrick Bryant - 6-4 230 Brookhaven HS Columbus OH

Kentucky has a great need for help at defensive end. One of the highest prospects on the Wildcats' board is Derrick Bryant. Bryant has size and speed to be a disruptive force on the defensive line. Those abilities have attracted many coaches from all over the country and attracting offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Illinois, UCLA, North Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas State, Oregon and Purdue. Kentucky has already received an unofficial visit from Bryant and could be in line to receive another. Joker Phillips and Chuck Smith have make Bryant a priority.

Miles Simpson - 6-2 195 Simon Kenton HS Independence KY

One of the top players in the state of Kentucky is running back Miles Simpson. Simpson has visited Kentucky on many occasions and has a shot at being the state's Mr. Football in 2009. Simpson is a solid straight ahead runner who can break away if he gets into the open field. The Wildcats are working to add depth to their backfield and Simpson can do that for them. Currently he holds offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Louisville, Indiana and Troy. There's no timetable for his decision, but you can expect the Wildcats to be among his final choices.


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