KSR Takes a Look at Recruiting Part II

KSR reviews prospects who are still considering Kentucky and could ultimately sign with the Wildcats.

The Wildcats have precious few remaining spots open for the 2010 recruiting class. And barring attrition or academic troubles from the class, it's likely that no more than 22 players can be taken. With that in mind, here are a few defensive players still left on the board.

Defensive Line

Jared Morse
Jared Morse is a defensive tackle with a mean streak. Morse comes from a top program in the state of Alabama that produces quality players each year. At 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, Morse has plenty of size and a frame to build on. He's committed to Vanderbilt, but he's considering the Wildcats and will visit soon.
Tim Jackson
This Florida native has an explosive first step off the edge as a pass rusher. Standing 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, he's got decent size to start off with. He'll add strength and with his 4.65 speed, he could be a great college pass rusher. Jackson has a long list of schools that he's interested in, including Kentucky, Stanford, North Carolina and Ole Miss.
Kendrick Frazier
One of the best athletes still on Kentucky's board is defensive end Kendrick Frazier. Frazier could play both middle linebacker and defensive end. His speed makes him a very tough man to block with his size. Frazier runs the forty in close to 4.5 seconds and is 6-foot-4, 250 pounds. He's considering Kentucky along with Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.
Michael Douglas
Douglas has a great frame that can add plenty of strength. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Douglas runs the forty in 4.6 seconds, making him a nice weapon to rush the passer. Douglas has already visited Kentucky this season and will make his college decision between UK, Purdue, Colorado State, Central Florida, Indiana, Iowa and Iowa State.

Marcus Thomas
After bouncing back and forth between positions, it appears Kentucky is recruiting Marcus Thomas for defensive tackle. The 6-foot-3, 230 pound lineman lost 50 pounds and moved to linebacker for his senior year in high school, but Kentucky envisions him on the line. Thomas can play well sideline to sideline, but he also tackles well in traffic. He'll have to put back on a lot of strength to play on the line in the SEC. Kentucky is currently his only offer on the table.

LaDarius Owens
At outside linebacker Owens possesses elite speed at 4.45 in the forty. He also has the size and strength to take on blockers and still make a play. The 6-foot-3, 230 pounder could play at defensive end as well. He's currently committed to Auburn, but he's visiting Kentucky, LSU and Tennessee before finalizing any decision. Timothy Patterson
Tim Patterson is one of the top players in Kentucky and the Wildcats have heavily recruited him, but he's still a long way from deciding. Patterson possesses good size and speed and is able to play outside linebacker or defensive end at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds. His 4.6 forty time is excellent for a player his size. Patterson is considering Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana and Cincinnati.

Defensive Back
D.J. Howard
One of the best athletes in the state of Alabama, Howard was a coveted back by the Kentucky throughout the process. The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder committed to Auburn, but has now decided to take visits. Howard can play both safety and running back with his size and speed (4.5 forty). Howard is considering Clemson and Kentucky in addition to Auburn.
Dale Trimble
Trimble has high end speed at 4.45. That speed allows him to break well on the ball while it's in the air. Trimble needs to add strength to his 170 pound frame, but is one of the most talented prospects in Alabama. Kentucky currently leads the way for Trimble as he's also considering Tennessee, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Clemson.
Anterrio Sloan
Sloan's size may make him seem too small for SEC play, but his speed (4.4) and his aggressive nature make up for it. Sloan excells in man to man coverage, breaking well on the ball. Originally a Nebraska commit, Sloan has now narrowed his list to Kentucky and Mississippi State.
Joseph Byrd
One of the newer prospects for Kentucky is Joseph Byrd. The 5-foot-10, 165 pound prospect could play on either side of the ball. Kentucky likes him as a defensive back prospect, but Byrd has excelled on offense as well. Byrd holds offers from Kentucky, Arkansas, Minnesota, Purdue, Louisville, Connecticut and Indiana. He plans to visit Kentucky in December.

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