Kentucky football's recruiting class in focus ahead of signing day

January 28, 2012 

With Mr. Football Patrick Towles as the headliner, the Kentucky football team is preparing for Wednesday's national signing day still looking for help but solidly positioned with at least 25 commitments for the Class of 2012.

Towles, who quarterbacked Highlands High School to state championships the past three years, is one of four members of the Herald-Leader's 2011 Class of the Commonwealth who have committed to Kentucky, joining J.D. Harmon of Paducah Tilghman, Josh Harris of Mason County and Austin Sheehan of Highlands.

As of Saturday afternoon, recruiting Web site Scout.com rated Kentucky's recruiting class as the 34th-best in the country, but the Wildcats trailed every Southeastern Conference team other than Missouri and Mississippi. Scout.com rated Louisville's class No. 29 and Western Kentucky's No. 115.

Rivals.com rated Kentucky's class last among the SEC's 14 teams and outside its top 50. Rivals ranked Louisville No. 34.

Kentucky’s Class of 2012 commitments
Players who are expected to sign with UK, according to recruiting Web sites Scout.com and Rivals.com (X's represent the player's number of stars):

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High school Rivals Scout
Daron Blaylock LB 6-1 218 Marietta, Ga. Walton XXX XXX
Shawn Blaylock DB 6-1 179 Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson XXX XXX
Zack Blaylock DB 5-11 185 Marietta, Ga. Walton XXX XXX
x-Kory Brown DB 6-1 210 Moncks Corner, S.C. Berkeley XXX XX
Thomas Chapman DL 6-4 290 Louisville, Ky. Manual XXX XXX
Landon Foster PK 6-2 100 Franklin, Tenn. Independence XX XXX
Patrick Graffree DL 6-4 277 Elizabethtown, Ky. Central Hardin XXX XX
J.D. Harmon DB 6-2 192 Paducah, Ky. Tilghman XX
Josh Harris DB 6-1 200 Maysville, Ky. Mason Co. XXX XXX
T.J. Jones OL 6-5 276 Myrtle Beach, S.C. Myrtle Beach XX XXX
A.J. Legree WR 6-1 180 Fort White, Fla. Fort White XXX XXX
Dyshawn Mobley RB 6-1 205 Powell, Tenn. Powell XXX XX
Zach Myers OL 6-4 287 Miamisburg, Ohio Miamisburg XXX XXX
Langston Newton DL 6-5 240 Carmel, Ind. Carmel XXX XXX
Cody Quinn DB 5-10 175 Middletown, Ohio Middletown XXX XXX
Jonathan Reed DB 5-10 178 Indianapolis, Ind. Pike XXX XXX
Daniel Ross DL 6-5 280 Jeffersontown, Ky. Jeffersontown XXX XXX
Austin Sheehan WR 5-10 160 Fort Thomas, Ky. Highlands XX
DeMarcus Sweat WR 6-2 185 Stone Mountain, Ga. Stephenson XXX XXX
Jordan Swindle OL 6-8 308 St. Johns, Fla. Creekside XXX XX
Kadeem Thomas LB 6-1 230 Tallahassee, Fla. Godby XXX XXX
Fred Tiller ATH 6-1 178 Homerville, Ga. Clinch Co. XXX XXX
Jon Toth OL 6-5 290 Indianapolis, Ind. Brebeuf XX XXX
Patrick Towles QB 6-5 232 Fort Thomas, Ky. Highlands XXX XXX
Jordan Watson OL 6-4 285 Fayetteville, Ga. Whitewater XXX XXX

x-Transfer from East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.; has three seasons of eligibility remaining and has already signed with the Cats.

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