Signing Day has come and gone for the University of Kentucky as they wrapped up their recruiting class with four more recruits, bringing the total class to 24 players.

The four additions are as followed: Wide Receiver Allen Dailey, Offensive Tackle Nick Lewis, Linebacker Chris Oats, and Running Back Kavosiey Smoke.

Allen Dailey is a 6’3, 195 pound receiver from Pinson, Alabama.  He was a three-star prospect by all recruiting services, and was ranked as the 36th best prospect in Alabama.  He caught 80 passes for 1,441 yards and 23 receiving touchdowns as a senior while leading his team to the 2017 Class 6A Championship.  He chose UK over Louisville, UAB, and Arkansas State.

Nick Lewis is a 6’9, 350 pound offensive tackle from Jacksonville, Florida.  He was also a three-star by all recruiting services.  Coach Stoops said in his press conference that Lewis was “probably” the biggest player he has ever recruited.  Kentucky was able to flip Lewis from Washington State, and he also received 22 other scholarship offers.

Chris Oats is a 6’5, 220 pound linebacker from Winton Woods high school in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Oats is one of the best recruits in the entire class, and one Coach Marrow worked hard for.  Coach Marrow said the early signing period gave him the ability to focus solely on Oats and his recruitment.  Oats is a four-star recruit by all recruiting services, and was named Division II player of the year.  He is also a former teammate of Kentucky safety Mike Edwards.  Oats chose Kentucky over Ohio State.

Kavosley Smoke is a 5’10, 225 bruiser from Wetumpka, Alabama.  In fact, Allen Dailey and Pinson Valley defeated Smoke and Wetumpka for the Alabama 6A state championship.  It was Weumpka’s first state championship in the school’s 115-year history.  Smoke was a three-star recruit by all recruiting services, and was the 29th best running back in the country according to Rivals.  He selected Kentucky over North Carolina, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech.

Coach Stoops began the press conference stating that he was happy with his class.  The guys he signed in December were the nucleus of the class, while the four guys signed today he was happy to get.

Coach Stoops also said that he was disappointed that he didn’t have a Kentucky native in the recruiting class, and that big things should be coming for next year from in-state guys.

There was no talk of who really could step-up and play as a true freshman.  The staff believes in Chirs Oats’ talent, and Coach Stoops relayed that Kavosiey Smoke was a very important signing.  Even with that, there was no word from who could play right away from these four recruits.

Other paw prints from the press conference:

  • Coach Stoops said Denzil Ware is participating “in everything at this time”
  • Coach Stoops told Coach Clink to expand into Detroit, while saying new WRs Coach Michael Smith will get into New Orleans and Louisiana
  • Josh Allen could reach Bud Dupree-level draft status by coming back for his senior year according to Coach Stoops
  • Stoops said Stephen Johnson set a great example for Gunner Hoak
  • Early enrollee recruits have been doing solid according to Coach Stoops
  • Coach Marrow said that Kentucky has been the second-most dominant logo in Ohio over the last three years
  • He also said that Kentucky is the closest SEC school to Michigan, and that is an area they want to focus on
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