UK Recruiting

UK adds two new football commitments on first day of early signing period

Kentucky went into the first day of the early signing period with 21 commitments.
Kentucky went into the first day of the early signing period with 21 commitments. AP

UK added its second new commitment of the day Wednesday when highly touted defensive back Quandre Mosely announced he had signed with the Wildcats.

247Sports ranks Mosely as a high three-star player, pegging him as the No. 2 junior college safety in the 2019 class and the No. 16 juco player nationally. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect from Georgia is expected to have three years to play two seasons at Kentucky after spending the past two seasons at Eastern Arizona College.

Mosely said when announcing his commitment that Kentucky sees him as a cornerback — not a safety — at the college level. He had 50 tackles with six interceptions and six pass breakups in 10 games this past season. He also had a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and two receiving touchdowns. He will be an early enrollee at Kentucky.

Oregon was seen as the favorite in his recruitment heading into Wednesday.

Three-star safety Taj Dodson, one of the players UK hosted for an official visit this past weekend, committed to the Wildcats and officially signed Wednesday morning.

Dodson — a 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect from Union Grove, Ga. — has the highest three-star designation in’s rankings and is considered to be one of the top 50 safeties in the 2019 class. Syracuse was seen as UK’s main competition heading into the early signing period. Baylor also hosted him for an official visit late last month.

As a high school senior this past season, Dodson had 86 tackles, 12 pass breakups, two interceptions, one sack and one forced fumble. He was also active in the return game with 737 yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts. Dodson adds more talent to a secondary that will lose several key contributors following this season, and defensive coordinator Matt House suggested Wednesday morning that he could ultimately play cornerback for the Wildcats.

The Cats did miss out on another signing day target, however, as three-star cornerback Kelvin Clemmons signed with Minnesota over Kentucky on Wednesday. and 247Sports both peg Clemmons as a three-star prospect, with Rivals ranking him as the No. 71 junior college prospect, regardless of position, in the country. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 9 juco cornerback nationally, and he could have competed for a starting spot at Kentucky next season. The Cats will lose past starters Derrick Baity, Lonnie Johnson and Chris Westry at those positions, as well as starting safeties Mike Edwards and Darius West.

Clemmons visited UK earlier this month and was widely expected to choose the Wildcats or South Florida, but he went with the Gophers instead.

Kentucky entered the day with 21 commitments for the 2019 class, and three of those were secondary prospects: three-star cornerbacks Brandin Echols and Jalen Geiger, and four-star safety Moses Douglass.