Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops addressed the status of several signees from the class of 2013 during Monday’s Media Day press conference at Commonwealth Stadium.
The bad news for UK is that defensive lineman Alvonte Bell and offensive lineman Justin Day will not be eligible to play for the Wildcats this season.
Bell — a 6-foot-6 end from Florida — was considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com and was the most highly touted 2013 signee who stuck with the new staff after committing to former coach Joker Phillips. Stoops said UK would help Bell find another school.
It had already been reported that Day did not qualify to enroll at UK this season. The three-star prospect plans to attend Georgia Military College.
The good news for the Cats is that junior college wide receiver Javess Blue and four-star defensive back Marcus McWilson have qualified to play for UK and attended the Media Day festivities. There had been questions throughout the summer about both players’ status.
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown said the UK staff considered Blue to be one of the top two or three junior college receivers in the country last season. “We’re very excited about him,” he said.
Rivals.com ranked McWilson as the No. 196 overall prospect in the class of 2013 and the No. 18 safety.
Both newcomers will likely be counted on to play immediately.
Stoops said UK is still waiting on the status of junior college players Nate Willis and Melvin Lewis.
Willis is a 6-0 cornerback who was considered one of the 50 best juco players in the country last season. “He has finished up all his classes,” Stoops said, who added that he hoped to have a final answer on his eligibility “soon.”
Lewis — a 6-4 defensive tackle — is finishing up one class and Stoops said “the plan” is that he will be eligible for this season.
Pittsburgh transfers Chris and Demetrious Davis were both listed on the 2013 roster, but Stoops was not optimistic that the NCAA would grant them a waiver to play in 2013. The twins left Pitt after redshirting last season. Both were considered “athletes” in high school, and UK lists Chris as a defensive back and Demetrious as a running back/wide receiver.
If the Davis twins are not allowed to play this season, they will eligible in 2014.