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UK picks up commitment from another talented Florida cornerback, and ‘he plays mean’

The UK football program now has 18 commitments for the recruiting class of 2018.
The UK football program now has 18 commitments for the recruiting class of 2018. AP

For the second consecutive day, the University of Kentucky football program picked up a commitment from a talented high school cornerback out of Florida.

Jamari Brown — a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect from Pompano Beach — announced his commitment on Thursday, picking UK over Auburn and Temple.

Brown’s pledge came after four-star cornerback Stanley Garner announced his own commitment to UK on Wednesday, and the two Florida prep stars join junior-college defensive back Dom Williams in the Cats’ recruiting class of 2018.

UK now has five commitments for next year from Florida, a state the program has been recruiting hard lately. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has been a key to those efforts, and he was listed as Brown’s primary recruiter.

Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports all rank Brown as a three-star recruit.

“What jumps out about him is he plays mean,” Rivals.com analyst Rob Cassidy told the Herald-Leader. “He doesn’t mind mixing it up. He doesn’t mind getting violent. That’s what’s stood out in games anyway.”

Cassidy added that Brown “looks a lot bigger” than he did at this time last year, and he’ll be another tall addition to UK’s cornerback group. Fellow commitment Garner is also 6-3. Current starters Derrick Baity and Chris Westry — both Florida natives — are 6-3 and 6-4, respectively.

247Sports ranks Brown as the No. 63 cornerback nationally in the class of 2018.

The commitments of Brown and Garner should move UK to the No. 14 spot in the Rivals.com class rankings for 2018. The Cats now have a total of 18 commitments.

UK football commitments for the class of 2018

Player

Pos

Ht

Wt

Hometown

Rivals

Scout

ESPN

247Sports

Marvin Alexander

WR

6-3

175

Hollywood, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Brenden Bates

TE

6-5

220

Cincinnati, Ohio

****

***

***

***

Tyler Bentley

DT

6-3

295

West Chester, Ohio

***

***

***

***

Jamari Brown

CB

6-3

180

Pompano Beach, Fla.

***

***

***

Stanley Garner

CB

6-3

180

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

****

***

***

***

Davoan Hawkins

DE

6-5

250

Hollywood, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Akeem Hayes

WR

5-10

175

Hollywood, Fla.

***

***

***

***

Darian Kinnard

OL

6-7

335

Cleveland, Ohio

***

****

****

***

Marquan McCall

OL/DL

6-3

280

Detroit, Mich.

****

****

****

***

Xavier Peters

OLB

6-4

225

West Chester, Ohio

***

****

****

****

Chance Poore

K

6-3

200

Anderson, S.C.

***

**

Alex Reigelsperger

DE

6-5

235

Huber Heights, Ohio

***

***

****

***

Chris Rodriguez

RB

6-0

200

McDonough, Ga.

***

DeAndre Square

OLB

6-1

200

Detroit, Mich.

***

****

***

***

Keaton Upshaw

TE

6-7

225

Lima, Ohio

***

***

***

***

Dom Williams

CB

5-11

185

Knoxville, Tenn.

***

***

**

Jarren Williams

QB

6-2

207

Lawrenceville, Ga.

****

****

****

****

Quintin Wilson

OL

6-3

290

Cincinnati, Ohio

***

***

***

***

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