UK football early signing period recap

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – If prospects can be verbally committed for weeks, months or even a year, why not allow them to sign their letter of intent in December?

Wednesday marked the first time ever guys could ink early before February and the football Cats hauled in a crop of 20.

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Despite being overwhelmed at times…despite it being busy with bowl prep and practices…Mark Stoops is happy to have most of his 2018 class in stone by the time the calendar even turns.

Stoops was thrilled with the overall haul.  He  was thrilled to be thrown few surprises and curve balls.

The Cats got what they needed and wanted.

So what’s the message to the guys who didn’t sign yet with UK who are either committed or leaning heavily toward Lexington?

Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow was pleased with the guys who signed.

There’s still a handful of scholarships left for potentially a few more to sign this week (the early signing period ends Friday) and in February.

Not only is the December signing period new; so is how savvy the prospects and their families are.

Hear from Stoops and Marrow in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com