LEXINGTON, Ky. — National Signing Day is less than three weeks away and Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and his staff could have a big finish in store.
A few key targets remain while the staff will look to secure its current commitments.
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’s class is ranked
Rivals ranks the Wildcats’ 2017 class No. 20 and 247Sports has UK 23rd. Rivals has the Cats 11th in the SEC, ahead of Arkansas, Missouri and Vanderbilt. 247Sports also 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.
Joshua Paschal, a 4-star defensive end prospect from Olney, Md., is Kentucky’s No. 2 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.
Tyrell Ajian, a Mansfield, Ohio, prospect, is another of the Cats’ key commitments. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete, Ajian is 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.
Who could be the next commitment?
Lynn Bowden, a 4-star ATH from Stoops’ hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, will announce his decision Saturday.
At this time I will be closing my Recuitment and my decision will be Saturday not an exact time
— Lynn Bowden (@H_Huncho) January 12, 2017
Bowden would become Kentucky’s No. 1 prospect in its 2017 class; 247Sports’ crystal ball prediction gives the Cats an 82 percent chance to land his commitment. Michigan State and Penn State are Kentucky’s primary competition for Bowden. He would most likely play receiver or defensive back.
Who de-committed from Kentucky this week?
The Cats kept all of their commitments.
Class breakdown (22 commits)
Geography of Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.