Kentucky football commitments for class of 2018

Mark Stoops and his coaching staff are expecting to sign at least 25 recruits to UK’s class of 2018. Here’s a closer look at the players who have already committed to the Cats:

MARVIN ALEXANDER
6-3 | 175 pounds | Wide receiver | Hollywood, Fla.
Alexander was a teammate of 2017 early enrollee Clevan Thomas before transferring to Chaminade-Madonna, where he’ll be a teammate of fellow 2018 commitment Davoan Hawkins this coming season. Alexander was a bit of an under-the-radar recruit before transferring schools, and Kentucky was one of the first major programs to show serious interest. He has good size for the wide receiver position and should continue to blossom during his one season at Chaminade-Madonna. Alexander has said that he will continue to visit other schools while committed to Kentucky.
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Commitment date: Feb. 21, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

BRENDEN BATES
6-5 | 220 pounds | Tight end | Cincinnati, Ohio
Bates is one of the top 10 tight ends in the class of 2018, and he’s one of the top 10 overall prospects from the state of Ohio. The big passing target from Cincinnati has been behind some older players on the depth chart the past two seasons — including Michigan State signee Matt Dotson last year and Ohio State’s Jake Hausmann in 2015 — but he should be ready for the spotlight this fall. “He looks like the natural at that tight end position,” said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt. “And part of that is playing behind a Jake Hausmann and a Matt Dotson, and watching those guys develop and knowing what it takes to be an elite tight end. I think that’s certainly helped him stay ahead of the curve from a skill standpoint.”
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Commitment date: March 10, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

DAVOAN HAWKINS
6-4 | 250 pounds | Defensive end | Hollywood, Fla.
Hawkins was a major early pickup for the Wildcats, who beat out early offers from Louisville, Wisconsin, West Virginia, N.C. State and others to land his commitment. The high-upside lineman actually played primarily on the offensive side of the ball during his junior season, but he projects as a D-lineman at Kentucky. He has great size and tenacity for the position and should be able to add considerable muscle to his frame. 247Sports ranked him as one of the top 40 strongside defensive ends in the class at the time of his commitment to Kentucky.
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Commitment date: Feb. 21, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

ALEX REIGELSPERGER
6-5 | 235 pounds | Defensive end | Huber Heights
Reigelsperger is a rising star at Wayne High School — the alma mater of UK defensive back Tobias Gilliam — and he was ranked by ESPN as one of the top 200 recruits nationally and top 15 defensive ends at the time of his commitment. Reigelsperger had visited UK close to a dozen times before committing to the Cats, so he’s well familiar with the program and should be solid even if more offers start rolling in. At the time of his UK commitment, he had offers from Duke, Iowa, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among many others. Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State were also showing interest. Reigelsperger is an energetic prospect off the field and has many friends in Ohio football circles, so he’ll likely be a strong recruiter on the Cats behalf throughout the 2018 cycle.
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Commitment date: Feb. 25, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

JARREN WILLIAMS
6-3 | 207 pounds | Quarterback | Lawrenceville, Ga.
Williams was UK’s first commitment for the 2018 class, and he’s arguably the most important since he’ll likely be the only quarterback that the Cats take for next year. The Georgia native completed 64.4 percent of his passes during his junior season, throwing for 2,618 yards, 26 touchdowns and just two interceptions while also rushing for 425 yards and nine TDs. He describes himself as a pass-first QB who can also make plays with his feet, but he’s most comfortable in the pocket. Kentucky will have to fight off several other schools to hold on to his commitment. Williams has picked up offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi State and others since announcing for the Cats, but he also told the Herald-Leader in February that he’s solid with his commitment and planning to enroll at UK for the spring semester in 2018.
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Commitment date: June 19, 2016
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

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