Kentucky football commitments for class of 2018

Here’s a closer look at the players who have already committed to Coach Mark Stoops the Wildcats for the class of 2018:

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

SHOCKY JACQUES-LOUIS
6-1 | 175 pounds | Wide receiver | Fort Myers, Fla.
Jacques-Louis was targeted early in his high school career by the UK coaching staff, and that turned in to an early commitment from the Florida playmaker. “They were here since my freshman year, and they saw the potential I had. We made a bond since my first camp in Kentucky.” Jacques-Louis chose the Wildcats over a growing offer list that included Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Missouri and several other schools. He’s often listed as an “athlete” by recruiting services, but he projects as a wide receiver at Kentucky.
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Commitment date: April 21, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

DARIAN KINNARD
6-7 | 335 pounds | Offensive tackle | Cleveland, Ohio
Kinnard is a big, talented offensive lineman from Ohio and one of the UK coaching staff’s best acquisitions out of that state so far. 247Sports ranked him as one of the top 20 offensive tackles in the 2018 class at the time of his commitment, and one of the top 10 seniors from the state of Ohio. He also had scholarship offers from Penn State, Maryland, UCLA, West Virginia, and he was the first offensive lineman to join UK’s 2018 recruiting class. Kinnard should be another solid addition to a unit that has established itself as one of the best in the Southeastern Conference.
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Commitment date: April 30, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

MARQUAN McCALL
6-3 | 280 pounds | OL/DL | Oak Park, Mich.
McCall is a major addition for the Wildcats, who landed his commitment over scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Tennessee, among others. Rivals.com and 247Sports both listed him as a Top 100 national recruit in the 2018 class at the time of his commitment. Both of those services also listed him as the No. 3 offensive guard in the country, though UK is eyeing him as a possible defensive tackle at the college level. Whatever position McCall plays for Kentucky, he’s a high-upside player who could make a major impact once he gets to Lexington. Oregon extended a scholarship offer less than 24 hours after his commitment to UK, and the Cats will likely have to fight off interest from other major programs between now and signing day.
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Commitment date: May 8, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

ALEX REIGELSPERGER
6-5 | 235 pounds | Defensive end | Huber Heights, Ohio
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
6-2 | 205 pounds | Quarterback | Lawrenceville, Ga.
It’s been a wild recruitment for Williams, who originally committed to Kentucky in the summer of 2016, backed off of that pledge in April of 2017 — when he started amassing big-time scholarship offers and decided to consider those options — and then re-committed to the Wildcats three weeks later. The versatile quarterback says this commitment will stick and he’ll no longer reciprocate interest in such schools as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU, a few of the many that extended scholarship offers. Williams has been one of the hottest QB prospects in the 2018 cycle and seems destined to hit four-star status by the time he signs with UK, which prioritized him early in the recruiting process. (ESPN already had Williams as a four-star QB at the time of his re-commitment to UK). Often listed as a dual-threat quarterback, Williams actually considers himself to be a pass-first QB, and he has the skills to back that up. He could be a game-changing addition for the Wildcats.
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Commitment date: May 15, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

QUINTIN WILSON
6-3 | 290 pounds | Offensive lineman | Cincinnati, Ohio
Wilson committed to Kentucky — on Mother’s Day — over scholarship offers from Boston College, Duke, Minnesota, Virginia and several other schools. At the time of his commitment, he was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 5 center nationally in the class of 2018, and he projects as an interior lineman at UK, which was expected to prioritize that spot in this recruiting class.
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Commitment date: May 14, 2017
Player pages: Rivals.com | Scout.com | ESPN.com | 247Sports

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