LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s the last Friday before National Signing Day and time to catch up with Kentucky’s recruiting class.
The Wildcats have 23 commitments in their 2017 class, and while there might only be a couple of new commitments come Wednesday, the goal will be to hold onto the current 23 — Joshua Paschal specifically.
Paschal, a 4-star defensive end and the third-ranked prospect in Kentucky’s class, had an official visit with Penn State last Friday. The Nittany Lions are making a late run at the Olney, Md., prospect, and keeping Paschal committed will be of utmost importance for Mark Stoops and his staff.
In other news, 4-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford looks to be headed to Ohio State. The Buckeyes have yet to offer Munford, but there’s been plenty of activity between he and the coaching staff of late. Munford had an official visit on Jan. 21 and coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson have each visited him recently.
The thought with Munford has always been that Kentucky could be the favorite if Ohio State never offered. It appears the Buckeyes will offer soon, but Munford’s decision might not be made until Wednesday. He would be the most welcomed surprise for Stoops and company, but 247Sports’ crystal ball prediction gives Ohio State a 91 percent chance to land the offensive lineman.
Where Kentucky’s class is ranked
Rivals ranks the Wildcats’ 2017 class No. 19 and 247Sports has UK 22nd. Rivals and 247Sports rank Kentucky No. 8 in the conference, ahead of Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Missouri, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
Who are Kentucky’s top 2017 commitments?
Lynn Bowden, Kentucky’s most recent commitment, is at the top of the class. Bowden is the No. 4 ATH in the country and the No. 3 prospect from Ohio. He’s expected to primarily play as a slot receiver but could be a dynamic playmaker for the Cats wherever they line him up.
JaVonte Richardson was the lone gem of Kentucky’s class before Bowden’s commitment. Richardson is 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.
Paschal, a 4-star defensive end prospect, is Kentucky’s No. 3 commit in the class. He had official visits to Oklahoma and Notre Dame, but Kentucky beat out those prestigious programs. Paschal is a top-300 prospect and one of the biggest gets for Kentucky.
Who de-committed from Kentucky this week?
The Cats kept all of their commitments.
Class breakdown (23 commits)
Geography of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.