Kentucky football signee bios

February 1, 2012 

  • UK's Class of 2012 signees
    NamePos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh school
    Daron BlaylockDB6-1215Marietta, Ga.Walton
    Shawn BlaylockDB5-10166Lithonia, Ga.Stephenson
    Zack BlaylockDB6-0188Marietta, Ga.Walton
    Kory BrownDB6-0208Moncks Corner, S.C.Berkeley
    Thomas ChapmanDL6-4285Louisville, Ky.Manual
    Landon FosterK/P6-1198Thompson Station, Tenn.Independence
    Patrick GraffreeDT6-4270Elizabethtown, Ky.Central Hardin
    Josh HarrisDB6-0191Maysville, Ky.Mason Co.
    Khalid HendersonLB6-0213Mableton, Ga.Pebblebrook
    T.J. JonesOL6-6290Myrtle Beach, S.C.Myrtle Beach
    A.J. LegreeWR6-1178Fort White, Fla.Fort White
    Dyshawn MobleyRB5-11205Powell, Tenn.Powell
    Zach MyersOL6-3285Miamisburg, OhioMiamisburg
    Langston NewtonDL6-4254Carmel, Ind.Carmel
    Cody QuinnDB5-10163Middletown, OhioMiddletown
    Jonathan ReedDB5-9185Indianapolis, Ind.Pike
    DeMarcus SweatWR6-1192Lithonia, Ga.Stephenson
    Jordan SwindleOL6-7310St. Johns, Fla.Creekside
    Justin TaylorRB5-10200Atlanta, Ga.Washington
    Kadeem ThomasLB6-0225Tallahassee, Fla.Godby
    Fred TillerDB6-0180Homerville, Ga.Clinch County
    Jon TothOL6-5290Indianapolis, Ind.Brebeuf
    Patrick TowlesQB6-5242Fort Thomas, Ky.Highlands
    Jordan WatsonOL6-4315Fayetteville, Ga.Whitewater
    Jalen WhitlowATH6-2210Prattville, Ala.Prattville
    Sterling WrightDB5-11201Miami, Fla.Coral Reef
    1-Transfer from East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.; has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Daron Blaylock

Likely will move to inside linebacker. Was rated as one of the nation's top 100 linebackers by one service. Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Twin brother of fellow UK signee Zack Blaylock and son of former NBA star Mookie Blaylock.

Shawn Blaylock

From a long pipeline of Stephenson (Ga.) players including Raymond Sanders, Ronnie Shields and Jabari Johnson. Played receiver and corner at high school level, likely will be a corner at UK. Has been timed at under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. No relation to other Blaylock signees.

Zack Blaylock

Safety intercepted 11 passes as a senior and returned five of those for touchdowns and named Cobb County Defensive Player of the year. The twin brother of fellow UK signee Daron Blaylock and son of former NBA star Mookie Blaylock, was rated No. 34 safety in nation by Scout.com.

Kory Brown

Junior-college signee has three years of eligibility remaining at UK after redshirting in 2011. Brown is already enrolled at UK and will participate in spring practice. Active, energetic playmaker.

Thomas Chapman

Nation's 30th-best defensive tackle and second-highest rated player in Kentucky by Rivals.com. He will add key depth at lineman position, most likely behind a player like Mister Cobble.

Landon Foster

Versatile punter and kicker who was picked to the all-state "Dream Team" by the Tennesseean. Made 11 of 16 field goals as a senior with a long of 49 yards. He averaged 41.3 yards per punt. Was named high school's MVP, rare for a kicking specialist.

Patrick Graffree

One of the top 10 prospects from the state of Kentucky by several recruiting services. High-energy player who loves UK, Coach Joker Phillips said. Had 91 tackles as a junior, featuring 10 for a loss, six sacks and an interception.

Josh Harris

Athletic player who played running back, receiver, linebacker and defensive back. Missed most of senior season with injury, but still managed to rush for 2,848 yards and 42 career touchdowns. Also had eight receiving touchdowns and 582 yards in the air. As a defender, had 287 tackles and six fumble recoveries.

Khalid Henderson

Originally committed to Tennessee before backing out. He had 74 tackles and grabbed two interceptions as a senior, was rated the No. 19 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.

T.J. Jones

Helped his high school team win at least 11 games each season, including a 3A state title his junior year. One of the nation's top 100 offensive tackles by several recruiting services.

A.J. Legree

State champion high jumper with a wide receiver's body and pass catching skills. Caught 47 passes for 698 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. "He's got swag; he's got the 'it' factor," UK receivers coach Tee Martin said.

Dyshawn Mobley

Set Tennessee single-season rushing records with 3,068 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior, averaging 12.2 yards a carry, reached state title game in Class 5A. His career totals include 5,849 rushing yards and 76 TDs.

Zach Myers

Played offensive guard (rated as 52nd best offensive guard in nation by one service), but could become a center at the college level. Son of Brad Myers, an offensive lineman for UK from 1984-87. Brad played one season with UK Coach Joker Phillips.

Langston Newton

Helped lead high school team to 14-1 record and a Class 5A state championship. Disruptive at the line, likely will play defensive end. Had scholarship offers in track for shot put and discus throw. Brother of UK quarterback Morgan Newton.

Cody Quinn

Helped high school to three straight 10-win seasons and brings speed (4.5 in 40-yard dash) to the cornerback position. Intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown as a senior. He returned two kickoffs for TDs as a junior and could be used in UK's kick return game.

Jonathan Reed

Speedy cornerback with 4.38 speed in 40-yard dash, was listed as one of the top 10 prospects in Indiana by ESPN. Also could be looked to as a way to jump-start UK's return game.

DeMarcus Sweat

Returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns his senior season and has been timed at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. Teammate of UK signee Shawn Blaylock and a part of the Stephenson (Ga.) pipeline. Listed as one nation's top 100 receivers by ESPN.

Jordan Swindle

Height (6-7) and long reach make him ideal in pass protection and he should add size and depth to the Cats' offensive line. Was rated as one of nation's top 100 offensive tackles by ESPN.

Justin Taylor

Projected as one of the South's top running backs going into senior season and committed to Alabama before knee injury sidelined him and derailed his plans with the Crimson Tide. Was one of the nation's top 40 running backs, according to two recruiting services.

Kadeem 'Pancho' Thomas

Had 142 tackles as a senior and 143 as a junior, ranking sixth in the state of Florida in tackles. One of the nation's top 40 inside linebackers according to three major recruiting services.

Fred Tiller

Impressive athlete who could play on either side of the ball in college. Despite playing for small school in Georgia was a First Team All-Stater in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Helped high school team to a perfect 15-0 record and a Class A state title as a junior.

Jon Toth

Big, athletic offensive lineman who could be a guard or tackle at UK. Ranked as the No. 11 player in Indiana and the No. 33 offensive guard in the nation by 24/7 Sports. Helped school advance to playoffs each year there.

Patrick Towles

Won every major individual football award in the state of Kentucky, including Mr. Football. Led Highlands to three straight state titles and a 38-1 record with him as the starter. For his career, threw for 7,429 yards and 73 touchdowns as well as rushing for 1,718 yards and 38 scores.

Jordan Watson

Good size and speed for this highly regarded offensive lineman, rated No. 39 in nation by Scout.com. Earned first-team All-State honors in Georgia and blocked for current Cat Josh Clemons.

Jalen Whitlow

Overall athlete with multiple talents to play multiple positions, leading high school to 6A state title and a top 25 national rating. Split time at quarterback and wide receiver.

Sterling Wright

Played prep school at North Carolina Tech with current Cat Farrington Huguenin. Wright is known for being a hard hitter with good range and speed. As a senior in Florida, he had 55 tackles and forced eight fumbles.

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