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Henry Clay defensive lineman Elijah Barnett announced Sunday that he will join the UK football team as a walk-on.

Teammate Sullivan Simpson announced earlier in the day that he would do the same.

Barnett is the son of Oliver Barnett, who played at UK from 1986 to 1989 and finished his college career as the Wildcats’ all-time sacks leader.

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Jason Strowbridge

Strowbridge

UK football commitment Jason Strowbridge announced Sunday that he will reveal his “final” college decision Monday at noon.

Strowbridge — a 6-foot-4 defensive end from Florida — is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com and ESPN. Scout ranks him as the No. 265 overall player in the class of 2015.

North Carolina hosted Strowbridge for an official visit in December, and his final decision is expected to come down to the Wildcats and the Tar Heels. Many analysts have been expecting him to flip his commitment to UNC.

Kentucky currently has 16 commitments for the class of 2015.

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Henry Clay lineman accepts walk-on position at UK

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Feb 012015
 

Henry Clay offensive lineman Sullivan Simpson announced Sunday morning that he has accepted a position as a preferred walk-on with the UK football team for the class of 2015.

Simpson — a 6-foot-3, 280-pound center — was a Herald-Leader first-team all-city selection following each of the past two seasons. He was a second-team all-state selection as a senior.

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Jan 312015
 

In addition to hosting several prospects from the class of 2015 for last-minute visits before next week’s signing day, the UK football program held a “junior day” event in Lexington this weekend.

Top class of 2016 commitment Drake Jackson made the short trip from Woodford County. He’s one of four in-state players already committed to UK for next year.

Male wide receiver Keion Wakefield — arguably UK’s top remaining in-state target for 2016 — was also in town for the festivities. Male quarterback Davis Mattingly tweeted a photo with his high school teammate from inside the UK locker room.

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More on new UK football commitment Josh Allen

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Montclair (N.J.) Coach John Fiore talked to the Herald-Leader on Saturday about Josh Allen’s recruitment and whirlwind commitment to UK the night before. Read that story here.

Fiore also provided some interesting tidbits on Allen that didn’t make that story:

Position: Allen had 22.5 sacks in his first full season as a defensive end last fall, but Fiore said he is capable of playing multiple positions at the college level, including D-end, linebacker, tight end and wide receiver. He had more than 500 yards and five touchdowns receiving, and Fiore noted that his team did not throw much in the second half of games. Some schools were recruiting him as a pass-catcher, but UK sees him as either a defensive end or “jack” linebacker.

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Defensive end Josh Allen commits to Kentucky

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Josh Allen

Josh Allen

Josh Allen — a three-star defensive end from New Jersey — committed to Kentucky on Friday night while on his official visit to Lexington, his high school coach told the Herald-Leader.

Montclair Coach John Fiore said UK assistant Derrick Ansley met with Allen and his mother at the high school in New Jersey on Friday morning and immediately offered a scholarship, then Allen boarded a plane for Kentucky to start his official visit.

The commitment came a few hours later.

Allen is UK’s 16th commitment for the class of 2016, and his pledge comes just one day after the Cats lost a commitment from three-star defensive end Tyrone Riley, who flipped to N.C. State.

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Caleb Swanigan

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Five-star post player Caleb Swanigan is scheduled to take two more unofficial recruiting visits this weekend.

Swanigan — a 6-9 prospect from Indiana — will be in Louisville on Saturday for the Cards’ home game against North Carolina. On Sunday, he returns to Michigan State to watch the Spartans face rival Michigan, according to INBasketballSource.com.

Notre Dame hosted Swanigan on Wednesday for its game against Duke, another school that is recruiting him heavily.

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UK football loses another commitment for 2015

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Tyrone Riley

Tyrone Riley

Class of 2015 defensive end Tyrone Riley flipped his commitment from Kentucky to N.C. State on Friday.

WSAV-TV in Riley’s hometown of Savannah, Ga., was the first to report the news.

Rivals.com ranks Riley — a 6-foot-6, 245-pound prospect — as the No. 27 weakside defensive end in the senior class. He had been committed to Kentucky since November, though he did take an official visit to N.C. State earlier this month.

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Jan 302015
 
Richardson

Richardson

Three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson had been saying for months that Kentucky was the top school in his recruitment. On Friday, he made it official.

Richardson announced his commitment to the Wildcats, picking them over fellow finalist Central Florida. The 6-foot-3 prospect also collected scholarship offers from Louisville, Nebraska and Pittsburgh, among others, throughout the course of his recruitment.

UK’s coaches have targeted Richardson for months as their No. 1 priority at wide receiver, and he made several trips to Lexington before taking his official visit last weekend. Wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord was his primary recruiter, and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson also visited with him multiple times in the past few weeks.

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Jan 292015
 
Tavin Richardson | Photo: Rivals.com

Tavin Richardson | Photo: Rivals.com

One major UK football recruiting target will announce his college decision Friday, the same day that several other prospects begin their final official visits before national signing day.

South Carolina wide receiver Tavin Richardson is scheduled to reveal his college choice at 4 p.m. UK and Central Florida are the two finalists, and the Cats are favorites to land the three-star prospect.

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