Western Kentucky's 2016 recruiting class received a boost with four members signing early in December and have already began their Hilltopper careers.
East Mississippi College defensive tackle Chris Johnson is a 6-foot-2, 275-pound lineman that provides immediate depth along the WKU defensive line. He had 37 tackles and six tackles for loss to go along with a 41-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown as a sophomore at Gulf Coast. In his freshman season, Johnson piled up 25 tackles, one for loss and an interception.
Joining Johnson as early signees were a trio of in-state prospects.
Caldwell County safety Dee Cain, along with Ashland Blazer teammates Drew O'Bryan, a linebacker, and Quinton Baker, a running back, all officially became Hilltoppers in December and immediately began working towards the 2016 season.
Cain, a three-star commit, told WKU Insider that he's looking forward to making an impact early for the Tops. “I'm going to go up there early and start rolling with the team to see if I can get a starting spot and see how things go from there,” he said.
O'Bryan tallied 109 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss with a pair of sacks and forced three fumbles as a senior, while Baker topped all of KHSAA Class 4A in rushing and scoring with 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior.
All three garnered All-State honors and fueled by their early arrival, will all likely see playing time as true freshmen this fall.
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