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.
It was a big recruiting week for coach Mark Stoops and the Wildcats, so let’s get to it.
Where Kentucky’s class is ranked
Rivals ranks the Wildcats’ 2017 class No. 26 and 247Sports has UK 24th. Both sites have Kentucky No. 11 in the SEC 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. Richardson 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. He’s projected to play defensive back for the Wildcats. Ajian, like Richardson, was recruited by Marrow. He picked UK over Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Who committed to the Cats this week?
It was a huge recruiting week for the Wildcats.
Sebastien Dolcine, a 3-star offensive guard prospect, flipped from Central Florida to UK on Monday to begin the momentum. It only got better from there for Stoops and company.
Tuesday saw two key prospects commit to UK: Joshua Paschal in the morning and Lonnie Johnson in the evening.
Paschal, a 4-star defensive end prospect from Olney, Md., is ranked Kentucky’s No. 2 commit in the class according to 247Sports. 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.
The momentum continued into Tuesday night as one of the top junior college defensive backs chose Kentucky over Georgia, West Virginia and Memphis. Lonnie Johnson, a 3-star prospect from Kansas’ Garden City Community College, joined Paschal as a player that could make an immediate impact on Kentucky’s defense. Johnson is ranked the No. 4 JUCO safety but is expected to play cornerback for the Wildcats.
Who de-committed from Kentucky this week?
The Wildcats managed to keep all of their commitments.
Class breakdown (20 commits)
Geography of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.