An under-the-radar recruit who led New Jersey with 22.5 sacks in 2014, his first season playing defensive end. His high school coach has sent D-ends to Ohio State, Boston College and Rutgers in recent years. "He's better than those three guys," the coach said.
Violent is a word often used to describe Asafo-Adjei's blocking style, and he'll be expected to emerge as one of UK's top offensive linemen down the road. 247Sports ranks him as the best prospect in UK's recruiting class (at No. 199 overall).
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Defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley listed Baity as one of three DBs who will be tough to keep off the field in 2015. At 6-3, Baity's big for his position, and ESPN ranks him as the No. 83 cornerback in the class.
The Ohio prospect had nine interceptions as a senior and returned five of those for touchdowns. He has good size and length for a cornerback, and 4.4 speed to go with it. Rivals ranks him as the No. 44 cornerback in the nation.
He committed to Joker Phillips in 2012, signed with Stoops in 2013 and then went the junior-college route. He was the biggest surprise Wednesday. "There wasn't a lot of media hype about him," said defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot. "He'll get all his hype on Saturdays."
He's the state's No. 2 prospect and committed to UK in April over serious interest from Ohio State. Brown — the only UK commitment with a four-star ranking from all of the major recruiting services — plans to use a redshirt season in 2015.
Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 8 tight end in the country, and that's a position UK needs more production from this fall. Conrad is one of the Cats' early enrollees, and that should give him a head start as he looks to make an immediate contribution.
He's played football for only four years, and he accounted for 19 sacks as a senior despite missing some time due to injury. Rivals ranks him as the No. 39 strongside defensive end in 2015. Fun fact: He plans to major in biosystems engineering at UK.
At 6-6, he's the biggest receiver in a class that includes only big receivers. He was committed to Miami for months but stayed in contact with the UK coaching staff. "Therrell can be an impact player — a big-time talent," Stoops said.
The 6-3 receiver came back strong last fall after suffering a torn ACL as a junior. UK will need him to make plays as a true freshman, and Rivals ranks him as the No. 51 receiver in the class.
A late addition from Washington, D.C., Jackson has tremendous size for the defensive back position, and Stoops referred to him as a cornerback on signing day. The two-star recruit was once committed to Western Michigan.
Once slated to redshirt in 2015, Jones confirmed Wednesday that he plans to compete for playing time as a true freshman. He attended Cardinal Mooney High School, the alma mater of Stoops and Vince Marrow.
A shifty, speedy running back who committed to the Cats the night before signing day. King had late interest from several big schools, and RBs coach Chad Scott says he'll play as a true freshman. He also could be an impact player on special teams.
A 6-7 physical specimen with lots of room to add extra muscle, Livingston is probably two to three years from making an impact ... but his upside is tremendous. "I think he's going to just blossom, and I'm excited to see what he turns into," said O-line coach John Schlarman.
The steal of signing day for the UK coaches, who really wanted to add Miggins to this class. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 45 juco prospect in the country, and this defensive staff has had great success with juco additions in its first two years.
He already has good size for a defensive tackle, and 247Sports ranks him as the No. 77 prospect at that position for the class of 2015. Stoops says Provitt could be "extremely disruptive" with his quick first step off the line.
"Tavin Richardson is a mean guy on the field," said WRs coach Tommy Mainord. "He's got a lot of savvy — he plays smart." Mainord described him as a physical receiver who is never afraid to block downfield or take a big hit over the middle.
Stoops called him a "big presence" — at 6-6 and 330 pounds, that's an understatement. Stenberg chose UK early in the process and ignored interest from bigger schools down the stretch. He could be one of the more underrated players in UK's class.
Several defensive backs in this group will have the opportunity to play right away, and Walker is at the top of that list. ESPN ranks him as the No. 15 safety nationally and the best prospect in UK's class. "He's a prototypical safety," Stoops said.
Here's another DB whom Ansley expects to compete for playing time in 2015. He "is going to start off at boundary corner and grow into maybe a safety, depending on how much weight he puts on," he said. Westry's a huge DB at 6-4.
The Kentucky native probably will take a redshirt year to start his college career — as most SEC offensive linemen do — but he's already 325 pounds and has room to grow.
The three-star tight end out of high school spent the past two years at Nebraska, where he redshirted one year and played primarily on special teams the next. UK gave him his first scholarship offer when Joker Phillips was head coach.
Considered one of the best linebackers in the class of 2013, Love played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman at Nebraska last season. He's another Cardinal Mooney (Ohio) grad.