The Kentucky Wildcats secured another verbal commitment yesterday in Nile Daniel (3-Star / WR) from Georgia. Daniel makes the 16th pledge for the 2011 recruiting class for UK. The staff recently received news Justin Bean, who signed with the Cats in 2009, will do so again in 2011. This time last year, the Cats had two verbal commitments.
The UK staff recently stated they were pulling back some offers as they wanted to have room for key players. One recruit told me he was informed me the staff they wanted to sign 18-20 recruits. With the most recent commitment, the Cats are at No 16 and running out of room quickly. We know the staff wants to add two more offensive linemen, at least one defensive lineman, two linebackers and at least one safety. If the staff could flip the commitments of DaMarcus Smith, Jerrell Moore, Jamon Brown, they would take them as well. Below are the key names to remember on both sides of the ball heading into the season.
Collins Moore (WR), Shamier Jeffery (ATH), Ricky Lunford (RB), Brandon Ford (RB), LaMont McMurry (ATH), Mitchell Henry (TE), Mark Wathen (TE), Nick Martin (OL), Zach West (OL), Cody Robinson (OL), Ray Ball (OL) and Zack Templin (OL).
Terrence Coleman (DE/LB), David Washington (DT), Isiah Norton (DT), Tony Gillespie (DT), Desmond Floyd (DE), Jesse Hayes (DE), Preston Smith (DE), Antonio Poole (LB), Steven Daniels (LB), Lamar Dawson (LB), Desmond Wills (LB), Dwight Jackson (LB), Troy Gray (LB), Chris Tavarez (S), Damian Swann (S) and Ashely Lowery (S).
If the staff is able to add two more offensive linemen and three more players from above, the 2011 class will be very solid. The Governor’s cup is huge and I can’t emphasize the impact it has on recruiting for both programs. It’s possible, either team could flip commitments based on the outcome of the game. It’s football time in the Bluegrass! Check out my site, Bleed Blue Kentucky, for more information on the UK football program.