Donte Rumph - Rumph has signed with Kentucky three times now due to grades. Age wise, he's a junior, but football wise, he's going to be a freshman. So he will still go through a learning phase and growing pains. However, Rumph has the size and ability to become an instant contributor and possible starter along the defensive front. The 6-foot-3, 280 pounder should contribute early at defensive tackle. If he's eligible, Rumph will be a major cog in this class.
Brice Laughlin - Like Rumph, Laughlin is a South Carolina native. Also like his counterpart, Laughlin is a big kid who could play early for the Cats. Brice stands 6-foot-3, 285 pounds and had the power and quickness on the line that Kentucky is looking for from their young prospects. Laughlin should get an opportunity early to earn playing time and add depth to Kentucky's defensive front.
Justin Henderson - After enrolling at UK in January, Justin Henderson will get a chance to participate in spring practice. That will give him an edge early on and he could be an early contributor at defensive end. He does need to gain strength, but already being on campus and working out, Henderson is ahead of the game in conditioning for a freshman. Henderson is a high energy kid with a streak of relentlessness. He should push for playing time this fall.
Nermin Delic - It's still unknown whether he'll be on the inside or the outside, but Nermin Delic, much like Justin Henderson, is a relentless prospect. Delic already has great size at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds. He played defensive end and tight end in high school and could contribute at either spot at Kentucky. But it appears he's headed for defense and with added weight, Delic could be a very good defensive tackle for the Wildcats.
Avery Williamson - Williamson could come in immediately and get playing time at middle linebacker. With the loss of Micah Johnson, there is quite a bit of uncertainty at the spot. Williamson has good size at 6-foot, 225 pounds and has great instincts for a linebacker. Williamson aggressively meets the ball carrier in the hole and uses great technique to bring down the carrier. Williamson is also a natural leader at the position, which is something that is necessary as a middle linebacker prospect.
Jabari Johnson - Jabari Johnson is another prospect with a great combination of size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) and speed (4.6 forty). Johnson can play any of the three linebacker positions for Kentucky. He excells at taking on the blocker and then exploding to the ball carrier to make a tackle. With significant losses at linebacker in Micah Johnson and Sam Maxwell, Johnson will have an early opportunity to play for the Wildcats.
Dale Trimble - One of Kentucky's best signees, Dale Trimble could play early for Kentucky at cornerback. Kentucky is looking to replace one of the best corners to play at for UK in Trevard Lindley, and Trimble will have a chance to earn playing time early on. Trimble is naturally talented at coverage and does a good job breaking on the ball while it's in the air. He still needs to improve on run stopping, but Trimble could see early playing time as a nickel back or earn a starting role later in the season.