LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky’s 2018 signing class was finalized Wednesday, and none of the 24 signees are from the Bluegrass State.
The Herald-Leader researched every Kentucky signing class dating back to 1939, and this is the first without an in-state signee.
“I was disappointed in that,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said Wednesday. “I’m not going to lie. I want in-state guys. We’re recruiting hard on the (2019 class) right now, out there beating the pavement, making sure we’re evaluating the right guys.
“Like I said, there’s not always going to be an abundance of guys, but there always is good quality here. We have to make sure we get the quality players to stay home.”
The state produced three 4-star signees and 14 3-star signees in the 2018 class. Purdue signed five Kentucky prospects. Louisville signed one.
Stoops said the state’s 2019 prospects “seem strong.” There are five 4-star prospects, but two are already committed: 4-star defensive end Stephen Herron to Michigan and 4-star defensive tackle Jacob Lacey to Notre Dame.
The uncommitted 4-stars all have offers from Kentucky: athlete Milton Wright, guard Bryan Hudson and tackle Tanner Bowles.
“Definitely reminds me of the class a few years back when Kash (Daniel) and those guys came out, whatever year that was (2016). “But, yeah, there’s some impact players in this class.”
Related National Signing Day stories
- Beating Ohio State for Chris Oats ‘speaks volumes’
- Mark Stoops updates status of Kentucky linebacker Denzil Ware
- What Mark Stoops said at his National Signing Day press conference
- LB Chris Oats signs with Kentucky over Ohio State
- RB Kavosiey Smoke signs with Kentucky