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.
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 AL.com 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)
Davoan (day-VEE-on) Hawkins
Jerquavion (jer-QUAY-vee-on) Mahone
Kavosiey (kah-VAH-see-ay) Smoke