Months of planning by Coach Mark Stoops and his University of Kentucky football staff will pay off Wednesday with what is expected to be the program's greatest recruiting haul in years.
Seven members of UK's recruiting class of 2014 are already enrolled in classes for the spring semester. Stoops is expected to get signatures from 21 other prospects Wednesday, which is national signing day.
UK's number of commitments climbed to 28 — the number Stoops has said he will sign — when John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam pledged to join the Cats last week. But the recruiting isn't over for Stoops and company.
Seneca Coach LaVell Boyd told the Herald-Leader on Tuesday that his star defensive end Lloyd Tubman is no longer committed to Penn State and will announce his final decision Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Tubman — the No. 3 player in the state, according to Rivals.com — has narrowed his list to UK, Penn State, Louisville and Nebraska.
There have been signs pointing to Kentucky as Tubman's most likely destination, including a tweet Tuesday from Rivals.com national analyst Mike Farrell predicting that he will choose the Cats.
UK is ranked No. 13 in the national team rankings by Rivals.com and it is expected the recruiting class will end up as the program's highest-rated class since Rivals began publishing those rankings in 2002.
■ UKAthletics.com will broadcast a live signing day special starting at 8 a.m.
LexCath's Bouvier commits to UK
Lexington Catholic wide receiver David Bouvier has joined UK's recruiting class of 2014 as a preferred walk-on.
Bouvier — a 5-foot-9 prospect — was a first-team all-city selection this past season after catching 78 passes for 1,138 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is the Knights' all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.
Lexington Catholic assistant coach Kevin Bruggeman confirmed that Bouvier has committed to Kentucky. Bouvier joins several other in-state players who have decided to walk on for the Wildcats, including St. Xavier's Charles Walker, Tates Creek's Jake Ryan, Harlan County's Carson Whitehead and Betsy Layne's Blake Spencer.
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