2017 Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting Class Overview
The rest of the SEC rocked, so the Cats might not be too high in the recruiting rankings, but who cares? Kentucky is in the discussion for big things in recruiting hauls with a solid group of defensive players coming in and a few stars to get excited about. Danny Clark is the quarterback of the near-future, coming in as a 6-4, 225-pounder with skills to eventually do a little of everything for the offense. Bryant Koback is a good-looking running back, and Lynn Bowden has the talent to play just about anywhere in the secondary or receiving corps, but the defensive class is better and stronger.
The Cats brought in a terrific group of defensive linemen, especially on the ends, while Yusuf Corker, JaVont’e Richardson and Tyrell Ajian are solid defensive back prospects with starting upside. Corker is too good a corner to keep out of the depth chart early on, while Richardson and Ajian are solid safeties.
The Kentucky Wildcats Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive ends. The tackles aren’t bad, either, but the Wildcats did their most work for the pass rush on the outside. Joshua Paschal is a speed rusher with the upside to be the gem of the class, but he’s not alone, with Alex King, Chris Whittaker, and Jordan Wright all good-sized prospects with frames to support more weight if needed. Will JUCO transfer Phil Hoskins play inside or out? If he’s used as a big end, this group, literally, gets even stronger.
The Star of the Kentucky Wildcats Class Is …
CB/WR Lynn Bowden, 6-1, 190, Warren, OH – Just get him on the field and let him roll. Dangerous whenever he has the ball in his hands, he’s got the speed to be devastating in the open field or be used as a deep threat. Want to put him at corner? He’s quick enough to handle the job after a few years of refinement. Michigan, Tennessee, and Penn State were the other key programs that wanted him – now UK has to figure out what to do with its star-in-waiting.
The Kentucky Wildcats Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
More running backs. Everything else appears to be in place for a Kentucky team that should be even better than last year’s breakthrough squad, but the ground game needs more help around Benjamin Snell, who ran for close to 1,000 yards and 13 scores. Boom Williams left early for the NFL after leading the way with 1,170 yards and seven scores, Jojo Kemp is done, and both fullbacks – when the team used them – are both finished.