UK football signing day recap


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Thanks to a big early signing period back in December where Kentucky inked 20 recruits, UK was able to hone in on 4 big targets to close out the 2018 class.

See bios of the newest Cats below and a look back at the names who penned back in December plus check out the video to hear from recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow.

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Allen Dailey, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 195, Fr-HS,  Pinson, Ala. (Pinson Valley) – Three-star prospect by all the major recruiting services … No. 178 overall wide receiver and No. 36 overall prospect in the state of Alabama by 247sports … Caught 80 passes for 1,441 yards and 23 receiving touchdowns as a senior in helping Pinson Valley finish 15-0 and win the 2017 Class 6A championship over Wetumpka … His 23 receiving touchdowns tied for second in Alabama High School Athletic Association single-season history … His 1,441 receiving yards also ranks among the state’s top-10 single seasons in AHSAA history … Added his 24th touchdown of the season on an interception return … Named to the 2017 Super All-State Football Team … Earned Class 6A first-team All-State honors by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … Coached by Patrick Nix … Caught 33 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns as a junior … Also an excellent basketball player … Chose UK over Louisville, UAB and Arkansas State … Goes by the first name “Allen” instead of his given name “LiAllen.”


Nick Lewis, Offensive Tackle, 6-9, 350, Fr-HS,  Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School) – Three-star prospect by all the major recruiting services … No. 53 offensive tackle nationally and the 111th-ranked prospect in the state of Florida by 247sports … Helped the Bolles Bulldogs finish 8-4 in 2017 under first-year head coach Wayne Belger … In 2016, under long-time head coach Corky Rogers, the Bulldogs went undefeated in the regular season and advanced to the state championship game … Held 22 scholarship offers before ultimately choosing UK over Washington State.


Chris Oats, Linebacker, 6-5, 220, Fr-HS, Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods) – Four-star linebacker by all the major recruiting services … Ranked the No. 22 outside linebacker in the 2018 class by 247sports …  Led Winton Woods to a 13-2 overall record and an appearance in the Division II state championship game as a senior … Coached by Andre Parker … Named the Division II Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Ohio by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association … Totaled 79 tackles during the regular season and in five playoff games, had 60 tackles, including three interceptions and two touchdowns … Reunites with high school teammate Mike Edwards … Chose Kentucky over Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan State and Ohio State.


Kavosiey Smoke, Running Back, 5-10, 225, Fr-HS, Wetumpka, Ala. (Wetumpka) – A three-star recruit by all the major recruiting services … Ranked the 29th-best running back in the nation by Rivals … Selected to play in the 31st annual Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Classic … Helped Wetumpka advance to the 6A Alabama state championship game for the first time in the school’s 115-year history … Finished his senior season with 1,508 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns … Earned Class 6A second-team All-State honors by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … Rushed for 719 yards on 120 carries with nine touchdowns as a junior for the Indians, who finished 8-3 … Chose UK over offers from South Carolina, Auburn, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Florida and Virginia Tech … Coached by Tim Perry …  Name is pronounced “Kavosiey (kah-VAH-see-ay) Smoke.


List of the early signees from December:


Name                                  Pos.       Ht.        Wt.     Cl.-Exp.     Hometown (Previous College/High School)

Marvin Alexander Jr.      WR         6-2       175     Fr-HS         Miami Gardens, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna)

Brenden Bates                                 TE         6-5     240            Fr-HS   Cincinnati, Ohio (Archbishop Moeller)

Jamari Brown                                  DB        6-2     180            Fr-HS   Sunrise, Fla. (Blanche Ely)

Max Duffy                                        P           6-1     200            So-TR  Perth, Australia (Curtin Univ./Kent Street)

Stanley Garner                                CB        6-2     180            Fr-HS   Parkway, Fla. (Dillard)

Davoan Hawkins              DL          6-4       275     Fr-HS         Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna)

Akeem Hayes                                  WR       5-10   170            Fr-HS   Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna)

Kenneth Horsey               OL          6-3       330     Fr-HS         Sanford, Fla. (Sanford Seminole)

Darian Kinnard                                OL        6-7     330            Fr-HS   Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius)

Jerquavion Mahone       DL          6-3       300     Fr-HS         Manchester, Ga. (Manchester)

Marquan McCall              DL          6-3       350     Fr-HS         Detroit, Mich. (Oak Park)

Bryce Oliver                                     WR       6-3     200            Fr-HS   Sunrise, Fla. (Dillard)

Ashtan Pierre                                   LB         6-2     200            Fr-HS   Pompano Beach, Fla. (Deerfield Beach)

Chance Poore                                  K           6-3     200            Fr-HS   Anderson, S.C. (Westside High School)

Chris Rodriguez                               RB        6-0     220            Fr-HS   McDonough, Ga. (Ola)

DeAndre Square              LB           6-1       205     Fr-HS         Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)

Keaton Upshaw               TE           6-6       240     Fr-HS         Lima, Ohio (Lima Senior)

Domonique Williams      CB          5-10     180     Jr-JC          Knoxville, Tenn. (Highland CC/Fulton)

Quintin Wilson                                C           6-3     320            Fr-HS   Cincinnati, Ohio (Turpin)

Terry Wilson                                    QB        6-3     205            So-JC   Oklahoma City, Okla. (Garden City CC/Oregon/Del City)


Pronunciation Guide

Davoan (day-VEE-on) Hawkins

Jerquavion (jer-QUAY-vee-on) Mahone

Kavosiey (kah-VAH-see-ay) Smoke