Despite the challenges of recruiting through a global pandemic, Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow can officially say they have added 18 to the Kentucky Football program.

While the duo already has 17 signed on to join their 2021 class, more are expected to join by FEB. 3 during the normal signing day period.

Here’s a brief introduction to each of the newest Wildcats that signed on with the program Wednesday.

OG, Jager Burton

The top prospect in the Commonwealth will be staying home to play for the Wildcats. Lexington’s own Jager Burton signed with the Wildcats over a final list that included Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson and Michigan.

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

247 Ranking: 4-star, No. 9 OG

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow & John Schlarman

WR, Dekel Crowdus

Burton’s Frederick Douglass High School teammate and fellow four-star prospect Dekel Crowdus will also be joining the Wildcats. The four-star will look to give UK’s wide receiver room a much-needed jolt after picking the Cats over a final list that included Baylor, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Louisville, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia Tech.

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

247 Ranking: 4-star, No. 51 WR

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

WR, Christian Lewis

Three-star wide receiver Christian Lewis will also hope to bring a much-needed spark to the Kentucky wide receiver room. The Alabama native picked the Wildcats despite offers from Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Tennessee, among others.

Hometown: Pleasant Grove, Alabama

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 60 WR

Lead Recruiter: Jon Sumrall

TE, Jordan Dingle

Jordan Dingle will come north up the Bluegrass Parkway from Bowling Green to Lexington. The highly coveted tight end opted to stay in his home-state over Ohio State, Missouri Purdue and Virginia Tech, among others. 

Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 20 TE

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

SDE, Justice Dingle

Jordan’s brother, Justice Dingle, also signed with the Wildcats Wednesday as he will transfer from the ACC and Georgia Tech to join his younger brother in Lexington. Dingle will be a redshirt junior in 2021 and have to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules unless granted an immediate eligibility waiver, or the NCAA decides to pass the one-time transfer rule legislation. He recorded one sack in parts of three seasons at Georgia Tech.

Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Transfer: Georgia Tech

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 25 ILB

WR, Chauncey Magwood

Jon Sumrall hauled in not one but two three-star wide receivers from the heart of SEC country as he helped Kentucky land Georgia wide receiver, Chauncey Magwood. The 6-foot wideout chose UK over Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas, among others.

Hometown: Leesburg, Georgia

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 87 WR

Lead Recruiter: Jon Sumrall

DE, Jamarius Dinkins

Three-star defensive end Jamarius Dinkins will bring great length to the UK defensive line as he stands 6-foot-6. Dinkins picked the Wildcats over Cincinnati, Michigan State, Virginia and West Virginia, among others.

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 41 SDE

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

S, Jordan Lovett

Safety Jordan Lovett becomes the latest North Hardin alum to join the Wildcats. The Bluegrass native will stay home in the Commonwealth despite offers from Missouri, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others.

Hometown: Radcliff, Kentucky

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 53 S

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

OT, David Wohlabaugh

6-foot-6 offensive tackle David Wohlabaugh will make the move south from Ohio to join Kentucky’s Big Blue Wall. He picked UK despite offers from Arizona State, Michigan State and Pittsburgh, among others.

Hometown: Stow, Ohio

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 63 OT

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

OLB, Martez Thrower

Outside linebacker and Georgia native Martez Thrower will be coming north to Kentucky, joining Magwood as the teams’ newest additions from the Peach State. Thrower picked UK over Arkansas, Mississippi State and Tennessee, among others. 

Hometown: Rochelle, Georgia

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 44 OLB

Lead Recruiter: Jon Sumrall

OT, Paul Rodriguez

Vince Marrow continued cleaning up his home state of Ohio by bringing in 6-foot-5 three-star offensive tackle Paul Rodriguez. Rodriguez signed with the Wildcats over Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland and Purdue, among others. 

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 74 OT

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

RB, La’Vell Wright

Three-star running back La’Vell Wright will be joining his high school teammate Jordan Lovett in Lexington as he will be the newest member of Kentucky’s running back room. Wright chose the Cats over Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Tennessee, among others.

Hometown: Radcliff, Kentucky

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 48 RB

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

CB, Adrian Huey

Kentucky was able to tap into rival territory and steal three-star cornerback Adrian Huey from the Volunteer state. Huey picked the Wildcats over SEC foes Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 74 CB

Lead Recruiter: Steve Clinkscale

PRO Style QB, Kaiya Sheron

Pro-style quarterback and Bluegrass native Kaiya Sheron will be moving north to Kentucky to join newly hired offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Liam Coen. Sheron signed with the Wildcats over Marshall.

Hometown: Somerset, Kentucky

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 33 Pro Style QB

Lead Recruiter: Darin Hinshaw

CB, Maxwell Hairston

Maxwell Hairston is the newest member of Kentucky’s Michigan pipeline strung together by defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale. Hairston chose the Wildcats over Arkansas, Army, Minnesota and Ole Miss, among others.

Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 82 CB

Lead Recruiter: Steve Clinkscale

DE, Khalil Saunders

Khalil Saunders was an unranked prospect under the radar defensive end prospect until he committed to Kentucky and earned three-star status. The 6-foot-5 pass rusher signed with UK over Kansas, Memphis, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 61 SDE

Lead Recruiter: Jon Sumrall

P, Wilson Berry

Punter Wilson Berry will travel across the world from Australia to Kentucky to join the Wildcats. Berry is a ProKick Australia member the same program that groomed UK’s Ray Guy Award winner Max Duffy. Berry is the younger brother of Steelers punter and Eastern Kentucky alum, Jordan Berry.

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

247 Ranking: 3-star, No. 7 P

Lead Recruiter: Vince Marrow

WR, Devonte Ross

Devonte Ross was the surprise of the early signing period for Kentucky as he flipped his commitment from Marshall to UK and signed on with the Cats. He also had offers from Washington State, Liberty, Akron and Gardner Webb..

Hometown: Cartersville, Georgia

247 Ranking: Unranked

Lead Recruiter: Anwar Stewart


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