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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) - On the recruiting trail, the last two weeks have been rough for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Much to Mark Stoops chagrin, six commits changed their minds on coming to Kentucky.  However on Wednesday's Signing Day, Mark Stoops was all smiles. 

“I feel like we really hit on a bunch of guys we were looking for,” said Stoops.  “Big thing that you'll notice with this group is great size, great length.  We feel like we hit a lot of areas of need in the secondary, O line, D line.  Overall, very pleased with this group. “

UK welcomed 23 players. Rivals has this year's class ranked 42nd. A year ago, UK ranked a school-record 17th in the Rivals rankings. 

“We could have signed up to 25, and you got to count on some attrition between now and next fall, but we actually had 23,” said Stoops. “I feel very good about that.  It gives us a little bit of leeway if we have some attrition throughout our team between here and the summer.”

The Wildcats are fresh off a 5-7 season. Stoops hopes these players come in and make an immediate impact. 

"Everybody asks me all the time, what do I feel about this?  We put a lot of hard work, and it's good to get it wrapped up," said Stoops.  "It's good to introduce them to our fan base and to the media and talk about these guys publicly."

Here is a rundown of UK's signees. UK was unable to land any five-star recruits but they did land five, four-star prospects: They are George Asafo-Adjei, Eli Brown, C.J. Conrad, Jordan Jones, and Marcus Walker. Below is a comment from Stoops on each player.  (Courtesy: UK Athletics)

Josh Allen, Linebacker, 6-5, 210, Fr-HS, Montclair, N.J. (Montclair)

Coach Stoops says: “Josh is a rangy athlete with great upside. He is a versatile player, there will be multiple options for him to play within our defense.”

George Asafo-Adjei, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 315, Fr-HS, West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)

Coach Stoops says: “George is an extremely physical player and has the stature you look for in an offensive lineman. He's also very athletic for a player his size.”

Derrick Baity, Defensive Back, 6-3, 180, Fr-HS, Tampa, Fla. (H.B. Plant)

Coach Stoops says: “Because of Derrick's size and range, he is an extremely versatile defensive back. He comes from a great high school program.”

Kei Beckham, Defensive Back, 5-11, 170, Fr-HS, Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison)

Coach Stoops says: “Kei has great ball skills. He's a big-play defensive back, as evidenced by his interceptions and his returns for touchdowns.”

Alvonte Bell, Defensive End, 6-5, 260, Jr-JC, Miramar, Fla. (Everglades/Pearl River Community College)

Coach Stoops says: “We're excited to get Alvonte back after signing him two years ago. He has great size and athleticism and is extremely quick off the ball.”

Eli Brown, Linebacker, 6-2, 200, Fr-HS, Bowling Green, Ky. (Warren East)

Coach Stoops says: “Eli is an extremely athletic linebacker – great speed and change of direction. He's another great Kentucky player we're proud to have stayed home.”

C.J. Conrad, Tight End, 6-5, 245, Fr-HS, LaGrange, Ohio (Keystone)

Coach Stoops says: “We're very pleased to have C.J.  He can be a complete tight end. He has great size and will continue to develop. He's a good pass catcher who can make plays in space.”

Kengera Daniel, Defensive End, 6-5, 250, Fr-HS, Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)

Coach Stoops says: “Kengera has great physical presence, with length and speed. He is extremely disruptive as he has the ability to create negative-yardage plays.”

Therrell Gosier, Wide Receiver, 6-6, 210, Fr-HS, Pompano Beach, Fla. (Blanche Ely)

Coach Stoops says: “Therrell can be an impact player – a big-time talent with size, speed and big-play ability.”

Jabari Greenwood, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 195, Fr-HS, Washington D.C. (Gonzaga)

Coach Stoops says: “With his size and physicality, he can be the presence you're looking for as an inside receiver. He has big-play capability in the pass game as well.”

Greg Hart, Tight End, 6-5, 240, So-Tr, Dayton, Ohio (Archbishop Alter/Nebraska) 

Coach Stoops says: “Greg has the size and toughness needed to play tight end. He also brings some good experience from his two seasons at Nebraska.”

Will Jackson, Defensive Back, 6-3, 200, Fr-HS, Washington D.C. (St. John's College High)

Coach Stoops says: “Will is a long, rangy corner, physical with great footwork. Having also played receiver in high school, he has good ball skills. It's exciting to have this kind of size in the secondary.”

Jordan Jones, Linebacker, 6-2, 215, Fr-HS, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney)

Coach Stoops says: “Being from Cardinal Mooney (Coach Stoops' high school), Jordan is a player I've watched grow up. He has the size and speed you're looking for in a linebacker.”

Sihiem King, Running Back, 5-9, 185, Fr-HS, Colquitt, Ga. (Colquitt County)

Coach Stoops says: “Sihiem is an explosive running back who can make plays in space and as a receiver, leading his team to a Georgia state championship and being named the state offensive player of the year.”

Levon Livingston, Offensive Lineman, 6-7, 250, Fr-HS, Washington D.C. (Ballou)

Coach Stoops says:”Levon has great size and length who will fill out physically. He's also athletic, with great footwork.” 

Courtney Love, Linebacker, 6-2, 245, So-Tr, Youngstown, Ohio (Cardinal Mooney/Nebraska)

Coach Stoops says: “Like Jordan Jones, Courtney is a player I've watched grow up and we welcome him to our program. He has the size and physical presence to be an inside linebacker.”

Courtney Miggins, Defensive Tackle, 6-5, 285, Jr-JC, Lithonia, Ga. (Miller Groove/Pearl River CC)

Coach Stoops says: “Courtney is an impact defensive lineman out of the junior college ranks. He has great size and quickness off the ball, the skills to come in and compete at a high level.”

Javon Provitt, Defensive Tackle, 6-3, 305, Fr-HS, Warren, Ohio (Warren G. Harding)

Coach Stoops says: “Javon is a big, powerful defensive lineman who is also explosive. With his quick first step, he could be extremely disruptive.”

Tavin Richardson, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 218, Fr-HS, Duncan, S.C. (Byrnes)

Coach Stoops says: “Tavin is a big, strong wide receiver with great hands. He also excels at getting yards after the catch.”

Logan Stenberg, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 330, Fr-HS, Madison, Ala. (James Clemens)

Coach Stoops says: “Logan has the size you look for, a physical offensive lineman who is also very athletic. He's a big presence.”

Marcus Walker, Defensive Back, 6-1, 190, Fr-HS, Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales)

Coach Stoops says: “Marcus is extremely talented. He's a prototypical safety – great instincts, ball skills and a good tackler.”

Chris Westry, Defensive Back, 6-4, 180, Fr-HS, Orange Park, Fla. (Oakleaf)

Coach Stoops says: “Chris has exceptional size for a cornerback and good footwork. He has the potential to develop into a shutdown corner.”

Mason Wolfe, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 325, Fr-HS, Henderson, Ky., (Henderson County)

Coach Stoops says: “We're happy to have Mason, a great in-state player. With his size and length, he has tremendous upside.”

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