The Kentucky football coaching staff is off to a great start with its recruiting for the class of 2016.
Six high school juniors and one junior-college player have committed to the Cats, including four of the top prospects from inside the state.
That list includes four-star Woodford County offensive lineman Drake Jackson, who is considered the state's No. 1 player and has said he wants to take on the "Drew Barker role" for this class by helping the UK coaches recruit other top talents to Lexington.
Jackson and his fellow commitments — Georgia cornerback Jordan Griffin, McCracken County athlete Zy'Aire Hughes, Henry Clay defensive back Davonte Robinson, junior-college receiver Kayaune Ross, Ohio linebacker Roland Walder and Lafayette offensive lineman Landon Young — also have a Twitter account (@B16BlueNation) to publicly recruit other prospects.
Here's a look at 10 more players to keep an eye on as the Cats try to lock down a top-25 class for 2016:
Willie Allen, offensive lineman: This is a long shot — Allen is considered the No. 56 overall prospect by Rivals.com — but the Louisiana native has a great relationship with Jackson and will visit UK this summer. The 6-7, 300-pounder has several SEC offers and will be among the most-coveted offensive linemen in the class.
Quinton Baker, running back: The son of former UK running back Al Baker already committed to the Cats once, but he backed out of that pledge following the departure of Neal Brown, his primary recruiter. The Ashland Blazer standout still says UK is his No. 1 school as he builds a relationship with other members of the coaching staff.
Messiah deWeaver, quarterback: UK will use a scholarship on at least one QB in the class of 2016, and deWeaver is one of those at the top of the wish list. The 6-3 signal caller from Ohio recently backed out of a commitment to Michigan and has already taken a recruiting trip to Lexington. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the class.
Tobias Gilliam, cornerback: The 6-foot prospect has already visited Lexington multiple times, and he comes from the same Ohio high school that produced UK linebacker Dorian Hendrix. Kentucky represents his first scholarship offer from a "power-five" school.
Rontavius Groves, athlete: The 6-foot prospect from Nashville has experience at wide receiver and defensive back, and he caught 19 touchdown passes and went for more than 1,000 yards as a junior. Groves — a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com — visited UK for last season's home game against then-No. 1 Mississippi State and is expected to keep the Cats high on his list.
Baveon Johnson, offensive lineman: This four-star Florida native has several major scholarship offers already, but he recently told Rivals.com that UK is recruiting him the hardest. Rivals ranks the 6-3 prospect as the No. 1 offensive guard in the class.
Austin Kendall, quarterback: The North Carolina native seems solid in his commitment to Tennessee, but that's not going to keep UK's coaches from trying to flip him between now and signing day 2016. Kendall's older brother Ryan is a walk-on receiver with the Wildcats, and he's already made several visits to Lexington. If UK can somehow sway him, it would be a major coup: Rivals ranks the 6-3 recruit as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the class.
T.J. London, defensive tackle: UK is the early favorite for London, a 6-4, 320-pound prospect out of Georgia. Mississippi State and N.C. State have also extended scholarship offers, and Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 38 defensive tackle in the class.
Eddie McDoom, wide receiver: The 6-1 prospect attended the same high school as current UK wide receiver Garrett Johnson. McDoom has repeatedly said that Kentucky is one of the early favorites in his recruitment. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 56 wide receiver in the class of 2016. (Also, he has one of the coolest names in high school football).
Keion Wakefield, wide receiver: Arguably UK's top remaining in-state target, Wakefield was a standout receiver at Male this past season and already has a brother on the UK team as a walk-on. He took another visit to Lexington just last weekend and is also close to former Male quarterback Davis Mattingly, who will be a preferred walk-on with the Cats in 2015. Rivals.com ranks Wakefield as the No. 3 prospect in the state behind Drake Jackson and Landon Young.