Kentucky's Stoops lands sixth four-star recruit in 2014 class

jsmith3@herald-leader.comJuly 20, 2013 

With more than 1,000 players on campus this weekend for a football camp, Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops and company were bound to get a commitment.

But maybe they didn't expect to land one this big: four-star defensive tackle Cory Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound junior college player.

Johnson is originally from Chambersburg, Pa., and played for ASA College in Brooklyn. He committed to Temple in 2011 before going the junior college path.

The four-star prospect is the 20th recruit for the 2014 class and the sixth with four stars or more. He reportedly had offers from Tennessee, Miami, Rutgers, Maryland and North Carolina State.

He's the fourth defensive lineman in the class for Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, who have sent a slew of defensive linemen to the NFL in recent years.

UK's other committed defensive linemen are Tyere Dubose of Youngstown, Ohio; Adrian Middleton of Bowling Green, Ky.; and Denzel Ware of Crestview, Fla.

For comparison's sake, Kentucky had just three four-star recruits in the three classes under former coach Joker Phillips. This class alone has six four-star commitments and takes the number of those up to nine for Stoops since he took over the program in December.

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