A look at UK's football signees

Chip CosbyFebruary 4, 2010 

MYCHAL BAILEY, DB

Bailey, another product of UK's LaGrange, Ga., pipeline, signed with UK in 2007 and joins the Cats after two years at SW Mississippi Community College, where he was a second-team All-American as a sophomore. He played LB and used his 4.37 speed in the 40 to return kicks.

TYLER BRAUSE, ATH

Brause passed for 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,300 yards and 26 TDs as a senior dual-threat QB in Ohio. Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of MaxPreps.com called Brause "a terrific all-around athlete with a live arm, great feet and good leadership skills."

ALVIN DAVIS, DL

Davis is a rangy, athletic DL who has been timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also saw action at linebacker and tight end and played basketball in high school. "He has a good frame and the potential to add a lot of strength in college," high school coach Mark Daniel said.

NERMIN DELIC, DL

Delic, a Bosnian refugee whose family moved to America when he was 6, has one of the most compelling stories among UK's recruits. Delic was a first-team All-State DL in Georgia with eight QB sacks as a senior. He is also listed as one of the nation's top 50 tight ends.

TEVEN EATMON, TE

Eatmon, a high school teammate of fellow UK signee Tyler Brause, was an All-State tight end in Ohio but boasts the size and athleticism to be rated the nation's No. 62 OT prospect by ESPN.com. Eatmon also participated in track and field, competing in the shot put and the discus.

MIKE EVANS-DOUGLAS, DE

Scout.com rates Evans-Douglas the nation's No. 70 DE. He runs a 4.6-second 40, had five QB sacks among his 75 tackles as a senior, and also caught 17 passes as a tight end. "He's an intense player, plays with a lot of passion, and is physical," high school coach Rick Rodriguez said.

BRANDON GAINER, RB

Gainer was rated the nation's 15th-best RB by ESPN.com and a top-40 back by Rivals.com and Scout.com after exceeding 1,000 yards rushing his junior and senior seasons. "Combines good size with quickness and durability," wrote Tom Lemming of MaxPreps.com.

JOSH GIBBS, DB

Gibbs transferred to UK after two seasons at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he totaled six interceptions, 72 tackles and six pass breakups. Gibbs was born in Germany to a military family. His brother, Darlron Spead played DB at Vandy 2006-08.

JUSTIN HENDERSON, DL

Henderson graduated in December, signed with UK and enrolled in January. He played TE and DE in high school and was named first-team All-State in South Carolina by High School Sports Report. Henderson recorded seven sacks and 18 additional tackles for loss as a senior.

FARRINGTON HUGUENIN, LB

Huguenin, one of several tall, speedy DL and LB prospects landed by the Cats, runs a 4.56 in the 40. He totaled 121 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two recoveries as a senior. "Has a great first step and is explosive," wrote Mike Farrell, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com.

JABARI JOHNSON, LB

Johnson, a high school teammate of fellow UK signees Raymond Sanders and Ronnie Shields, is viewed as a potential sleeper who could eventually grow into a defensive end. He's been clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40 and is rated the nation's No. 64 OLB prospect by ESPN.com.

BRICE LAUGHLIN, DL

Laughlin, a first-team All-State player in South Carolina's largest class, is projected as the nation's No. 41 DT by ESPN.com but also has the athletic ability to play DE. "Shows a big-time future, plays the game with great heart, quick hands, strength, and determination," wrote Tom Lemming of MaxPreps.com.

JOE MANSOUR, K/P

Mansour, another product of UK's LaGrange, Ga., pipeline, was named the first-team All-America kicker among medium-sized schools by MaxPreps.com. He made six field goals beyond 50 yards, forced touchbacks on 84 percent of his kickoffs and averaged over 40 yards on punts.

TIM MCADOO, DL

McAdoo was a dominating defensive lineman in high school, but UK Coach Joker Phillips is planning to take a look at what he can do on the offensive line. McAdoo was a two-time first-team All-State performer in Tennessee's highest class and a two-time Mr. Football finalist.

MALCOLM MCDUFFEN, LB

McDuffen, a member of the Herald-Leader's Class of the Commonwealth, totaled 10 sacks as a senior, playing DE and LB, while also dabbling at QB, FB and TE. McDuffen is rated one of the nation's top 50 OLBs by ESPN.com and the No. 8 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals and SuperPrep.

TIM PATTERSON, LB

Patterson, a member of the Herald-Leader's Class of the Commonwealth, was universally rated the state's top prospect and listed Louisville among his final choices, making his an especially sweet signature for the UK staff. He helped lead Central to the Sweet Sixteen finals last year.

JERRELL PRIESTER, ATH

Priester is one of UK's fastest recruits, having posted a 4.31 in the 40. He averaged more than 10 yards a carry while rushing for 2,500 yards and 28 TDs his junior and senior years. He was rated South Carolina's No. 17 prospect and the nation's No. 59 all-purpose athlete by Rivals.com.Tyler Robinson, TE

Robinson was a first-team All-State TE/DE for Randall Cobb's alma mater, Alcoa, winner of six consecutive Tennessee state titles. Robinson was listed among the nation's top 25 tight ends by ESPN.com and rated the No. 13 prospect in Tennessee by SuperPrep.

DONTE RUMPH, DL

Rumph has the size and strength to play in the middle of the line or on the end. He originally signed with UK in 2008 but has remained loyal to the Cats throughout his efforts to qualify academically. He was named first-team All-State as a high school senior in South Carolina.

RAYMOND SANDERS, RB

Rivals.com rates Sanders the nation's No. 15 all-purpose back. "Very quick, has good vision, catches the ball well and runs like a 210-pound back," wrote recruiting analyst Barry Every of Rivals, who also noted that Sanders "reminds me of (former UK RB) Rafael Little."

RONNIE SHIELDS, ATH

Shields joined high school teammates Jabari Johnson and Raymond Sanders in signing with UK. His size, speed, good hands and athletic ability — 4.6 in the 40 — could make him a fit at WR or TE in college. Shields played TE in high school in a run-based offense.

ERIC SIMMONS, DB

Simmons, who has been timed at 4.38 in the 40 and has a 36-inch vertical leap, has big upside, having played only two seasons in high school. "Eric has lightning speed," high school coach Gregory Minnis said. "He's like a sponge, soaking it all in and improving every day."

MILES SIMPSON, RB

Simpson, a member of the Herald-Leader's Class of the Commonwealth, rushed for 2,227 yards and 41 TDs as a senior and 2,309 and 37 as a junior at Simon Kenton. "He is a dominating high school back whose talent screams big-time," wrote recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

ALEX SMITH, TE

Smith, who initially committed to North Carolina, is rated the nation's No. 11 TE by Rivals.com and is noted for his combination of size, speed and good hands. "An exceptionally athletic tight end who can go deep down field," wrote recruiting analyst Tom Lemming on MaxPreps.com.

DALE TRIMBLE, DB

Trimble, the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game after his senior season, was rated one of the nation's top 20 cornerbacks by ESPN.com. He amassed 66 tackles and two interceptions as a senior in leading his team to the state semifinals in Alabama's highest class.

AVERY WILLIAMSON, LB

Williamson was named West Tennessee Player of the Year as a senior, making 125 tackles and also rushing for 416 yards and seven TDs as a FB. He set a Tennessee state championship game record with 22 tackles. His team's only two losses the past two years were in the Class 3A finals.

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