Surprising signees

Kentucky's recruiting class has been mostly in place for several weeks with a part being moved in or out here and there. But three players signed who weren't necessarily players UK expected to be a part of the class.

Kentucky's recruiting class has been mostly in place for several weeks with a part being moved in or out here and there. But three players signed who weren't necessarily players UK expected to be a part of the class.

Darrell Warren – 6-1 215 LB – Alcoa High (Tn.) – Kentucky has been a fixture at Alcoa for the last several years, from Kyrus Lanxter to Randall Cobb to Tyler Robinson. Now there's another prospect on the board from the seven-time state champions. Darrell Warren was named 3-A defensive lineman of the year in Tennessee. He had 12 sacks and 84 tackles at defensive end. Warren also played some running back, rushing for over 1200 yards. Warren will likely be a linebacker for the Wildcats.

"This kid is what our profile looks like, a guy that has great character. A guy that wants to get a degree and a guy that is passionate about being here," said Coach Phillips. "He has never lost a championship. He's never played on a team that didn't win a championship," he said.

James Elliott – 6-3 305 OL – Pensacola Catholic (Fl.) – James Elliott initially committed to Michigan, but when Demarius Rancifer committed to Kentucky, Elliott's interest in Kentucky grew as well. Rich Rodriguez's departure from Michigan cemented that he's There was a time where it was thought that Elliott wouldn't get a ride at Kentucky, but that ultimately changed.

"(James is) a good-looking kid who is an inside player for us, who will be an inside guard that we needed, that will give us depth at the position," said Phillips. Daryl Collins – 6-1 185 WR – Gadsden City High (Al.) - Daryl Collins initially committed to Alabama and held offers from Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi, Tennessee, USC and Southern Mississippi. Alabama asked him to grayshirt and Collins chose to look at other options.

"Daryl Collins is one of those guys; another explosive athlete that we think can be a guy that has played some of the wildcat package," said Phillips. "He's played receiver and he's plays some quarterback in his career. So we feel good about him. He's played some slot and outside receiver, so we are excited about getting him into the fold," Phillips finished.


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