Jun 152013
 
UK Coach Mark Stoops and his assistants are putting together one of the best recruiting classes in the program's history. Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

UK Coach Mark Stoops and his assistants are putting together one of the best recruiting classes in the program’s history.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

South Warren defensive tackle Adrian Middleton announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky on Saturday.

Middleton is considered a three-star prospect and the No. 5 overall player in the state by Rivals.com. He is UK’s 18th commitment for the class of 2014.

UK Coach Mark Stoops immediately “confirmed” Middleton’s commitment on his Twitter account.

“It’s a beautiful day in Lexington! Give me another YAHTZEE!!!!” Stoops tweeted.

Rivals.com’s Justin Rowland said that Middleton’s addition will move UK to No. 2 in the Rivals team recruiting rankings, behind only Texas A&M.

Middleton — a 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman — also had offers from Louisville, Missouri, Indiana and Western Kentucky.

He joins Conner quarterback Drew Barker as the only two Kentuckians, so far, in the Wildcats’ class. UK is also heavily recruiting John Hardin lineman Matt Elam, who is not expected to make his college announcement until January.

“Must keep the BEST players at home! Great day in My Old Kentucky Home,” tweeted offensive coordinator Neal Brown shortly after his commitment. Brown was Middleton’s primary recruiter.

Scout.com considers the Bowling Green native the No. 33 defensive tackle in the class of 2014.

Another UK recruiting target — four-star Cincinnati wide receiver Derek Kief — is expected to announce his decision Sunday afternoon. Kief also has scholarship offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame, among others.

UK’s recruiting class of 2014
Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown Rivals Scout ESPN 24/7
Drew Barker QB 6-3 214 Burlington, Ky. **** **** **** ****
Tyre Brady WR 6-3 180 Homestead, Fla. *** *** ***
Tymere Dubose DE 6-6 265 Youngstown, Ohio *** *** **
Mike Edwards S 5-11 182 Cincinnati, Ohio *** **** ***
Nico Firios LB 6-1 220 Longwood, Fla. *** **** ***
Ryan Flannigan OLB 6-3 230 Missouri City, Texas *** *** *** ***
Dorian Hendrix LB 5-11 225 Huber Heights, Ohio *** *** ***
Mikel Horton RB 6-1 230 West Chester, Ohio **** *** ***
Jarrett LaRubbio OG 6-5 260 Liberty Township, Ohio *** *** *** ***
Darryl Long TE 6-5 234 Westerville, Ohio *** *** ***
Adrian Middleton DT 6-4 275 Bowling Green, Ky. *** ***
Shyquawn Pullium DB 6-1 190 Erie, Pa. *** *** **
Thaddeus Snodgrass WR 6-1 184 Springfield, Ohio **** **** **** ***
Jared Tucker DB 5-11 160 Stone Mountain, Ga. *** *** ***
Kobie Walker LB 6-4 198 Olney, Md. *** *** ***
Denzel Ware DE 6-1 241 Crestview, Fla. *** **** **** ****
Darius West S 5-11 196 Lima, Ohio **** **** **** ****
Boom Williams RB 5-8 186 Bethlehem, Ga. **** *** **** ***


*-Williams is considered the No. 96 overall player in the class according to Rivals.
*-Barker is considered the No. 117 overall player in the class according to Rivals, No. 109 according to Scout, No. 141 according to ESPN and No. 111 according to 24/7 Sports.
*-Horton is considered the No. 131 overall player in the class according to Rivals.
*-West is considered the No. 185 overall player in the class according to Rivals and No. 202 according to Scout.
*-Snodgrass is considered the No. 205 overall player in the class according to Rivals and No. 204 according to Scout.
*-Ware is considered the No. 198 overall player in the class according to Scout, No. 80 according to ESPN and No. 45 according to 24/7 Sports.
*-Edwards is considered the No. 233 overall player in the class according to Scout.
*-Rankings for Flannigan date back to class of 2012.
*-Rankings for Pullium date back to class of 2010.
Note: ESPN has not yet assigned star rankings to most players outside the Top 150.

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