The University of Kentucky football program announced Tuesday that five of its signees for the recruiting class of 2018 have enrolled in classes, which will enable them to go through spring practice with the Wildcats.
The biggest name on the list of early enrollees is Terry Wilson, the junior college quarterback who signed with UK last month and — with the recent departure of Drew Barker — is the early frontrunner to win the Cats’ starting QB job in 2018.
“It was a position we definitely needed to get somebody in this spot,” Coach Mark Stoops said on signing day. “The nice thing about Terry is he’s a year older, played a year of college football. He’s already been at a power-five school for a year, so he knows what he’s getting into.”
Wilson signed with Oregon out of high school, spent one season as a redshirt with the Ducks and then transferred to Garden City (Kan.) Community College, where he starred this past fall. ESPN ranks him as the No. 1 juco quarterback in the class of 2018. Wilson will have three seasons of eligibility at Kentucky.
UK’s other junior college addition — defensive back Domonique Williams — is also an early enrollee and is expected to compete for playing time right away. The Knoxville, Tenn., native has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
One former Australian Rules Football player — now a punter — and two high school players have also arrived on UK’s campus early for college classes.
Max Duffy is rated as the No. 1 punting prospect in the class of 2018 by Ray Guy’s ProKicker.com, and he will have three years of eligibility. He transferred to UK from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, and he formerly played for Fremantle in the Australian Football League.
Duffy will be 25 years old by the start of the 2018 season.
Cornerback Stanley Garner — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — is ranked by Rivals.com as a four-star recruit, and he’s the Wildcats’ third-best signee for next season, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Linebacker DeAndre Square — a 6-1 prospect from Detroit — is another one of the most highly touted members of UK’s early signing class. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, he’s the fourth-highest rated UK signee so far for 2018.
The rest of UK’s recruiting class will arrive in Lexington this summer.