UK Recruiting

Bios of Kentucky's Class of 2013 football signees

Ryan Timmons spoke to media after he announced he would play football for Kentucky during a school rally at Franklin Co. High School in Frankfort, Ky., on Feb. 5, 2013.  Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Ryan Timmons spoke to media after he announced he would play football for Kentucky during a school rally at Franklin Co. High School in Frankfort, Ky., on Feb. 5, 2013. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Jeff Badet

Possible slot receiver caught 10 touchdown passes as a senior and ran for six more. ESPN ranks him as the No. 106 overall wide receiver in the class. He finished fifth in the long jump in last year's Florida state track and field meet.

Alvonte Bell considers him the No. 34 defensive end in the class. Bell describes himself as a "raw" talent with plenty of room to grow as a player. He was the highest-rated 2013 recruit to commit to Joker Phillips.

Javess Blue

A four-star prospect and the No. 14 overall junior-college player in the country, according to Once committed to Texas Tech, his relationship with new UK assistants Neal Brown and Chad Scott were instrumental in bringing him to Lexington.

Steven Borden

Enrolled at UK in January. Caught 11 passes for 181 yards and four touchdowns as a junior-college sophomore. Mark Stoops says he "brings the physical presence we need at the tight end position." Son of professional wrestler Sting.

Justin Day

Longtime defensive lineman switched to the offensive line before his senior season of high school. Raw talent with good size and a lot of upside.

Jason Hatcher

The No. 10 defensive end in the country, according to He committed to Southern Cal last summer before switching to Kentucky on signing day. Regarded by Rivals and ESPN as the No. 3 prospect in the state.

Nick Haynes

The No. 40 offensive guard in the class, according to Played tight end in high school, but he'll move to the inside of the offensive line at UK. Chose the Wildcats over Central Florida and Florida Atlantic.

Jacob Hyde

Kentuckian was the first recruit to join UK's class of 2013. Rated by as the No. 8 prospect in the state and the No. 46 defensive tackle in the nation. Had interest from several SEC schools before jumping on UK scholarship offer.

Jaleel Hytchye

The first high school player to commit to new coach Mark Stoops. Considered the No. 25 cornerback in the country by ESPN, which ranks him as a four-star prospect. Tennessee and Pittsburgh were his other two finalists.

JoJo Kemp

Versatile running back should be a great fit for Neal Brown's offense. Cited strong bond with Chad Scott as a reason for picking UK. ESPN considers him a four-star recruit and No. 28 overall running back. JoJo, his nickname since childhood, is short for Joseph.

Austin MacGinnis

The No. 3 kicker in the nation, according to 24/7 Sports. Impressed former coach Joker Phillips by connecting on a couple of 60-yard field goals at a UK camp last year.Blake McClain

Played throughout the secondary in high school and is the No. 66 safety in the country, according to ESPN. He had offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and several others before committing early to the previous UK staff.

Marcus McWilson

Originally committed to Nebraska, where he was recruited by now-UK assistant Vince Marrow. The four-star prospect's high school counts Mark Stoops, Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini and Marrow as alumni. considers him the No. 16 safety in the class.

Kyle Meadows

One of the most highly touted offensive linemen to commit to Kentucky in recent years. He had offers from Louisville, Florida State, Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, and made a late visit to Oklahoma before choosing UK.

Regie Meant

Raw prospect has been playing football for only three years and comes to UK with plenty of upside. Lightly regarded in the fall, he entered the post-season ESPN rankings as a three-star recruit and the No. 76 defensive end in the country.

Ramsey Meyers

Three-star prospect cut short his recruitment soon after an offer from Kentucky despite interest from other top programs. No. 61 offensive guard in the country, according to

Alex Montgomery

Set Florida record with 199 receiving yards in state title game. ranks him the No. 51 wide receiver in the class. Committed to Kentucky after a late push by Louisville and several other high-profile schools.

Reese Phillips

The only quarterback in UK's class grew up a Tennessee Volunteers fan. Graduated from high school early and enrolled at UK in January. A two-time all-state quarterback in Tennessee.

Za'Darius Smith

ESPN rates him as the No. 13 overall player and No. 2 defensive end in the junior college ranks. The second-team All-American last season had offers from Florida State, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas, Mississippi State, Mississippi and Auburn.

Khalid Thomas

Spurned offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami and South Carolina to join his brother — linebacker Pancho Thomas — at Kentucky. Primarily a running back, he's rated as the No. 35 athlete in the country by

Ryan Timmons

Picked Kentucky over late offers from Ohio State and Florida. ESPN ranks him among the nation's top 250 players. Scored 45 touchdowns as a senior at Franklin County and has expressed interest in playing running back, receiver and returning kicks in college.

Nate Willis

Cornerback has good speed and size for his position. Considered one of the top 100 junior-college prospects by 24/7 Sports (46th), Rivals (54th) and ESPN (69th). Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas State and Baylor were among the many schools that offered.


Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High school Rivals Scout

Jeff Badet WR 6-0 170 Orlando, Fla. Freedom

Alvonte Bell DE 6-5 255 Miramar, Fla. Everglades

1-Javess Blue WR 6-0 190 Babson Park, Fla. Lake Wales

2-Steven Borden TE 6-3 250 Waxahachie, Texas Waxahachie

Justin Day OT 6-8 305 Aiken, S.C. South Aiken

Jason Hatcher DE 6-3 250 LouisvilleTrinity

Nick Haynes OL 6-3 305 Niceville, Fla. Niceville

Jacob Hyde DT 6-2 330 ManchesterClay County

Jaleel Hytchye CB 5-10 175 CincinnatiLaSalle

JoJo Kemp RB 5-10 190 DeLand, Fla. DeLand

Austin MacGinnis K 5-10 175 Prattville, Ala. Prattville

Blake McClain DB 5-11 190 Winter Park, Fla. Winter Park

Marcus McWilson S 6-0 210 Youngstown, Ohio Cardinal Mooney

Kyle Meadows OL 6-5 270 West Chester, Ohio Lakota West

Regie Meant DL 6-4 275 Cape Coral, Fla. Ida Baker

Ramsey Meyers OL 6-4 290 Orange Park, Fla. Ridgeview

Alex Montgomery WR 6-2 210 Weston, Fla. Cypress Bay

3-Reese Phillips QB 6-2 225 Signal Mountain, Tenn. Signal Mountain

4-Za'Darius Smith DE 6-6 250 Greenville, Ala. Greenville

Khalid Thomas RB 5-10 170 Tallahassee, Fla. Amos P. Godby

Ryan Timmons ATH 5-10 185 FrankfortFranklin County

5-Nate Willis DB 6-0 180 Pahokee, Fla. Pahokee

1-Spent last two seasons at Butler County C.C. in El Dorado, Kan. He will have two years of eligibility at UK.

2-Spent last two seasons at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas. He will have two years of eligibility at UK.

3-Graduated from high school early and enrolled at Kentucky in January.

4-Spent last two seasons at East Mississippi C.C. in Scooba, Miss. He will have two years of eligibility at UK.

5-Spent last two seasons at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. He will have two years of eligibility at UK.

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