LEXINGTON, Ky. — Every Friday until signing day, we’ll put together a recruiting snapshot to catch you up on how Kentucky’s 2017 class is looking.
Here’s this week’s edition, where Kentucky has plenty of reasons to be happy heading into the holidays.
Where Kentucky’s class is ranked
Rivals ranks the Wildcats’ 2017 class No. 21 and 247Sports has UK 25th. Rivals has the Cats ninth in the SEC ahead of Mississippi State, Florida, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. 247Sports ranks Kentucky No. 11 in the conference ahead of Missouri, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Who are Kentucky’s top 2017 commitments?
JaVonte Richardson has long been the gem of Kentucky’s class, as he committed on March 27. He’s a 4-star receiver prospect from Maple Heights, Ohio — one of many Ohio prospects recruited by tight ends coach Vince Marrow. Richardson is a big target for quarterbacks at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds.
Tyrell Ajian, a Mansfield, Ohio, prospect, is another of the Cats’ key commitments. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete is ranked the No. 15 Ohio prospect and is projected to play defensive back for the Wildcats. Ajian, like Richardson, was recruited by Marrow. He picked UK over Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Josh Paschal, a 4-star defensive end prospect from Olney, Md., is ranked Kentucky’s No. 2 commit in the class. He had official visits to Oklahoma and Notre Dame, but Kentucky beat out the two prestigious programs. Paschal is a top-300 prospect and one of the biggest gets for Kentucky.
Who committed to the Cats this week?
Kentucky picked up its fourth defensive end commitment in the class from 3-star prospect Jordan Wright. The Fort Lauderdale native became UK’s seventh Florida commitment in the class, more than any other state.
Eddie Gran led Wright’s recruiting efforts, and the offensive coordinator has been as huge for Kentucky recruiting well in the Sunshine State as he’s been for the team’s offensive turnaround. Wright has shown promise as a basketball player, and his athleticism is his biggest attribute.
The additions of Paschal last week and Wright this week show Kentucky’s goal of reinforcing its defensive front.
— Jordan Wright (@JayyDubb15) December 21, 2016
Who de-committed from Kentucky this week?
The Wildcats managed to keep all of their commitments.
Class breakdown (21 commits)
Geography of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.