Conner quarterback Drew Barker and fellow UK football recruits Mikel Horton and Nick Richardson sent their signed financial aid papers to the university Thursday, a signal of their intention to enroll at the school in January.
A new NCAA rule established this year allows mid-season enrollees to sign early financial aid papers with their school. Players who do so will enroll for the spring semester in order to take classes and participate in spring practice.
Four-star wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass sent his signed paperwork to UK on Wednesday, becoming the first Wildcat to take advantage of the new rule.
Barker has become the de facto leader of Mark Stoops’ recruiting class and has long planned to enroll at UK early. Richardson and Horton — two of UK’s top commitments for 2014 — are both from Ohio and considered four-star prospects.
UK’s class is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation by Rivals.com.
Mid-season enrollees still must wait until National Signing Day in February to sign their binding National Letter of Intent. NCAA compliance expert John Infante explains the new rule here.