The 2018 Kentucky Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Kentucky Recruiting Class Overview
It’s another solid class of talents with a big bulk of very good SEC players, but not a whole lot of elite ones.
There’s a strong group of offensive linemen coming in, the defensive backs are terrific – corner Stanley Garner out of the Miami area is going to be a good one – and there’s help coming in at kicker with two in the mix.
There isn’t much for the offensive backfield, but JUCO transfer Terry Wilson might just be in the mix for the starting quarterback job right away, and the tight end tandem of Brenden Bates and Keaton Upshaw out of Ohio are good-sized targets.
There’s not a lot for the defensive line, and the linebacking corps was blown off, but there are a whole lot of good athletes across the board who keep with the idea of UK wanting speed, speed, speed.
The Kentucky Class Is Heavy On …
The Wildcats came up with a big haul for the offensive front, led by 6-3, 325-pound Marquan McCall out of Michigan. The big guard got away from the Big Ten – the big boys wanted him – but he was all in at UK early.
McCall’s not alone, with Quintin Wilson and Darian Kinnard two excellent-sized blockers with starter upside, and there’s enough bulk in the class to expect the nucleus of the line three years from now to come from this group.
The Star of the Kentucky Class Is …
CB Stanley Garner, 6-3, 180
McCall is probably the best player in the recruiting class, but Garner is an interesting prospect who might just turn out to be the best in the bunch – but not necessarily on the defensive side.
He’s a really long, really fast cover-corner, but he’s also an ideal-sized outside wide receiver with the physical ability to be tough any time the ball is in the air.
A whole lot of schools had a whole lot of ideas about what to do with him. Rare is the prospect good enough to have been offered by some of the biggest of the big boys – Auburn, Florida, Clemson and Florida State were in – but a lot of Group of Fivers were in, too.
Kentucky got him. He’ll find a role somewhere.
The Kentucky Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Quarterback is a massive concern, and the offensive line could use some help, but the receiving corps will need the most help early on.
It’s a young group coming back, and there are several promising options, but three of the top five and four of the top seven pass catchers are gone. Again, finding someone to get everyone the ball is the bigger problem, but newcomers Marvin Alexander and Bryce Oliver will get their chances.