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February 6, 2013

Bios of Kentucky football's 2013 signing class

Mark Stoops' first Kentucky recruiting class has generated more buzz than perhaps any in the school's history, and certainly more than any in the Rivals.com era.

Get all the information on the newest Wildcats here. Check back during the day for updates as new recruits sign on. And come back here late this afternoon for an update from Stoops' first signing-day news conference at Kentucky.

JEFF BADET | WR | 5-11 | 160 |
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
High school: Freedom

UK bio: Possesses great quickness and a sudden burst that help him project as an ideal receiver ... Has displayed great hands, body control and the awareness that make him great at making tough catches in traffic ...Caught 63 passes for 881 yards, 10 receiving touchdowns and six rushing scores as a senior ... Played for Coach Andy Johnson, helping Freedom HS to a 7-4 record and state playoff berth as a senior ... Junior stats featured 46 catches for 718 yards and 11 TDs ...Ranked No. 13 on the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida "Super 60" ... Finished fifth in the long jump at the Florida state track and field championships ...Last name pronounced "bah-DETT."

ALVONTE BELL | DE | 6-6 | 228 |
Hometown: Miramar, Fla.
High school: Everglades

UK bio: Explosive defensive end at Everglades High School in Miramar, Fla., where he was coached by Rodney Rumph … The nation's No. 24 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com … The No. 34 overall defensive end according to Scout.com … "Bell is a raw athlete with speed, length, and quickness that attracts attention his way. He has long arms to get into passing lanes, he can move well in space, and he really pursues the ball well," according to Scout analyst Chad Simmons … Was timed at 4.88 in the 40 with a 27-inch vertical … Made 40 tackles as a junior, with his 18 total tackles for loss including 11 quarterback sacks … Helped led the team to the Florida Class 6A regional quarterfinals his freshman and sophomore seasons … Missed much of his senior season because of injury … Began high school career as a basketball star before making the move to football … Name is pronounced "al-VON-tay."

JAVESS BLUE | WR | 6-1 | 195 |
Hometown: El Dorado, Kan.
Junior college: Butler County CC

UK bio: Second-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American during his sophomore season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas … Also was named first-team all-conference … Ranked as the nation's No. 14 junior college player by ESPN.com … Led the Grizzlies in receptions with 65, receiving yards with 1,064 and receiving touchdowns with 12 … Ranked in the top-10 nationally in each category … Averaged 28.8 yards per kickoff return and 11.2 yards on punt returns … Helped the team to a 11-1 record in 2012, winning the Region VI Championship before falling in the Graphic Edge National Championship Bowl … Grizzlies were the Region VI Champions, KJCCC Champions and played in the Citizen's Bank Bowl his freshman season … Great freshman season with 27 receptions for 586 yards, a 21.7-yard average, and three touchdowns … Coached by Troy Morrell at Butler Community College … Big-play receiver at Lake Wales (Fla.) HS … Caught 88 passes for 1,774 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging 20.2 yards catch, during his final two seasons at LWHS… Helped team advance to the Class AAA state semifinals his junior season with an 11-2 record … Clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached in high school by Rod Shafer … Name is pronounced "JAY-vess."

JUSTIN DAY | OL | 6-8 | 285 |
Hometown: Aiken, S.C.
High school: South Aiken

UK bio: First-team all-state by SCVarsit.com … Offensive tackle with a huge upside … Long arms and big frame give him the potential to be an outstanding pass blocker … Has only played one year in the offensive line … Started his high school career playing defensive end before he moved to the other side of the ball as a senior … Played at South Aiken High School, coached by Jeremy West … Also first-team all-state and all-region … Was a standout at the Rivals.com South Carolina Elite 100 Camp in the spring of 2012 … "Day was the biggest surprise of the week," Rivals analyst Mike Farrell wrote.Β "(M)ore often than not his opponents ended up on the ground with the big man lurking over them when the whistle blew." … Played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, which pits the best high school players from North Carolina and South Carolina against each other.

JASON HATCHER | DE | 6-2 | 240 |
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
High school: Trinity

UK bio: One of the nation's top prospects at defensive end… Rated No. 8 in the country by Rivals.com, No. 10 by Scout.com, No. 14 by ESPN.com and No. 16 by 247Sports.com … Helped lead Trinity High School to three-consecutive Class 6A state championships and a three-year record of 41-2… First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal and The Associated Press… Made 37 tackles as a senior, including 13.5 quarterback sacks and four additional tackles for loss… Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas following senior campaign… One of the nation's top-200 prospects by ESPN… Scout.com's Scott Kennedy says Hatcher "has the speed to play outside linebacker and the frame to grown into an every down defense end. He is tremendously quick off the line and fast in pursuit. He relies on speed and quickness rather than strength." … Had 40 tackles his junior and sophomore seasons, including 12 sacks his junior year and 11.5 TFL his sophomore season … Coached by Bob Beatty.

NICK HAYNES | OL | 6-4 | 294 |
Hometown: Niceville, Fla.
High school: Niceville

UK bio: A great athlete with a high upside after having played football only two years in high school … Ranked as the nation's No. 40 guard by Rivals.com … Extremely versatile player who has experience as a tight end, fullback and defensive lineman as a high school player … Played predominantly as a tackle in high school, but could transition to guard or center at UK … Excels as a run blocker as he compiled an impressive tally of pancake blocks in high school … Relies on great footwork as he also lettered in basketball as a prepster … Attended Niceville (Fla.) High School, helping team to a winning record both seasons he played … Coach by John Hicks.

JACOB HYDE | DT | 6-2 | 313 |
Hometown: Manchester, Ky.
High school: Clay County

UK bio: Was Kentucky's first verbal commitment of the 2013 signing class … One of the nation's top-50 defensive tackles by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … First-team all-state as a senior as chosen by The Associated Press …Comes to Lexington from Clay County High School, where he played for head coach Shannon Arnett … Played defensive tackle and offensive guard in high school, but is projected on the defensive side for Kentucky … Helped Clay County finish 8-4 his sophomore season en route to an appearance in the Class AAAAA state playoffs … Helped lead Kentucky all-stars to a 29-27 win over Tennessee in the National Guard Border Bowl … Played for the USA national team in the International Bowl on Feb. 5 in Austin, Tex. … Named All-SEKC by MaxPreps.com … Also chosen first team on the All-Mountain squad.

JALEEL HYTCHYE | DB | 5-11 | 165 |
Hometown: Cincinnati
High school: La Salle

UK bio: Talented athlete who also had a successful track career at La Salle High School in Cincinnati ...One of the nation's top-25 cornerbacks as evaluated by ESPN.com, which gives him a positive rating in man coverage, zone coverage, ballhandling and instincts ...ESPN.com ranks him as the 20th-best prospect in Ohio and wrote, "Hytchye has the coverage skills to see early playing time at the BCS level of competition." … Has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is considering running track at Kentucky ...Finished the 2012 season with two interceptions one for a touchdown and a fumble recovery ... Second-team all-conference in the highly competitive Greater Catholic League … During his junior campaign in 2011, he posted four interceptions and 14 pass breakups ...Helped Lancers to third-place finish in the city in 2010 with a 9-2 record and a 7-3 record his junior season ...Coached by Tom Grippa ...Name is pronounced "jah-LEEL HI-chee."

JOJO KEMP | RB | 5-10 | 189 |
Hometown: Deland, Fla.
High school: Deland

UK bio: Earned Associated Press all-state first-team honors his senior season… Rushed 255 times as a senior for 1,469 yards and 23 touchdowns … Equally as impressive his junior season when he rushed 178 times for 1,163 yards and 14 touchdowns … Had a great game on the big stage, rushing for 210 yards and two touchdowns on a game televised by ESPN2, which featured several Division I prospects on defense... Rated the nation's No. 10 multipurpose back by Rivals.com … The No. 28 running back by ESPN.com… Scout.com's Mike Bakas says Kemp "has enough size to grow into a potential 210-plus pound running back who will be able carry to carry the rock 20 times a game and get the tough yards inside." … Bakas also says Kemp is "a tremendous athlete who can make a lot of people miss in space … changes directions well … can catch the ball very well out of the backfield … he's just a good football player with plus athleticism." … No. 10-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida "Super60" prospects … Coached by Al Manning.

AUSTIN MACGINNIS | K | 5-11 | 170 |
Hometown: Prattville, Ala.
High school: Prattville

UK bio: One of the nation's top three kicker prospects according to Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … Played his senior season at Prattville (Ala.) High School under Coach Chad Anderson … Handled punts, field goals and kickoffs for the Lions, making seven of 10 field goals, including a 50-yarder … 76 percent of kickoffs went for touchbacks … Named to the all-area team … Participated for the winning National team in the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl in Houston following his senior campaign … Played at Randolph County High School before moving to Prattville his senior season … Converted six of nine field goals and made all of his extra points as a junior, with 81 percent touchbacks on kickoffs … Participated in the National Underclassmen Challenge and performed well … According to ChrisSailerKicking.com, MacGinnis "is a tremendous kicker. He has a huge leg … kickoffs are Division-I ready right now. A great competitor that kicks well under pressure." … Spent time with One-on-One Kicking.

BLAKE MCCLAIN | DB | 5-11 | 181 |
Hometown: Winter Park, Fla.
High school: Winter Park

UK bio: Versatile defensive back could be either a cornerback or safety on the collegiate level … Considered the nation's No. 66 safety by ESPN.com, which says McClain's strengths are zone coverage, ball skills and run support … The No. 61 cornerback by Rivals.com … Good senior season at Winter Park (Fla.) HS, gathering 60 tackles and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown … Ended his high school career with nine picks … Also played wide receiver, with two receiving touchdowns his senior season … Ranked as the No. 25 prospect on the Orlando Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60 … The Orlando Sentinel wrote that McClain "has top-notch footwork and an ability to keep his hips parallel to the line of scrimmage to keep quarterbacks at bay." … Named a Central Florida All-Star … Coached by Larry Gergley … Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash … All-around athlete who also played basketball.

MARCUS MCWILSON | DB | 6-0 | 195 |
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio.
High school: Cardinal Mooney

UK bio: Physical, athletic safety who is ranked as one of the nation's top-20 safeties by Scout.com and Rivals.com … Ranked No. 18 nationally in the athlete category by 247Sports.com … The No. 10 player in talent-rich Ohio by Rivals … Played at Cardinal Mooney HS in Youngstown, Ohio, the alma mater of new UK head coach Mark Stoops and tight ends coach Vince Marrow … Helped Cardinal Mooney to a Division III state championship his junior and freshman seasons ... Team went 15-0 his freshman season and 11-3 his junior year … First-team All-Ohio in 2012 … Had eight interceptions as a junior, two picks as a sophomore … Also played running back in high school, including posting 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a single game last fall … Coach P.J. Fecko told the Tribune-Chronicle before the 2012 season that, "Marcus is a tremendous athlete. He does a lot of different things. He kicks the ball. He returns the ball. He's a defensive guy. He's a receiver. He's a running back. His ability to want to compete and to do so wherever he's called upon helps. He's been successful to do that."

REGIE MEANT | DT | 6-5 | 271 |
Hometown: Cape Coral, Fla.
High school: Baker

UK bio: A speedy defensive line prospect with a huge frame to go along with quickness … Has been timed at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a remarkable time for a defensive lineman … With his great combination of size and speed he could project as a defensive tackle or end … Second-team all-state in Florida Class AAAAA as a senior … Did not begin playing football until high school … Attended Ida Baker High School, where he played just three seasons for Coach Brian Conn … Totaled 68 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, two sacks, a caused fumble and two quarterback hurries his senior season … Finished junior season with 23 tackles, four sacks and three caused fumbles … Name pronounced same as "Reggie."

KYLE MEADOWS | OL | 6-5 | 270 |
Hometown: West Chester, Ohio
High school: Lakota West

UK bio: Combines great footwork with tremendous length and playing strength … No. 38 overall offensive tackle according to Scout.com … The No. 31-ranked player in the 247Sports composite of the talent-rich state of Ohio … Ranked No. 5 among the top 50 players in the Cincinnati Enquirer's Greater Cincinnati to watch list of the 2013 … Played for Larry Cox at Lakota West High School … Helped his team to an 8-2 record as a senior … A former basketball player who exhibits an all-around combination of quickness, balance and strength … Went to the same high school as former UK fullback John Conner, now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

RAMSEY MEYERS | OL | 6-3 | 290 |
Hometown: Orange Park, Fla.
High school: Ridgeview

UK bio: First-team all-state senior season in Florida Class 6A … A big and athletic offensive line prospect with great run-blocking ability … Physical attributes could help him project into multiple offensive line positions … The nation's No. 60 guard prospect by 247Sports and ranked No. 61 by Scout.com … Played for Coach Tom McPherson and the Ridgeview Panthers in Orange Park, Fla. … Helped Ridgeview to a 9-2 mark and a spot in the state playoffs his senior year … Senior honors also included All-First Coast, All-County and the Florida Times-Union "Super 24" … Played in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic following senior campaign … Honorable-mention all-state as a junior … Named the top sleeper at the Nike Elite Camp last spring ... A first-team all-combine performer at the US Army combine in 2012 … The first Southeastern Conference signee in school history.

RYAN TIMMONS | WR | 5-10 | 186 |
Hometown: Frankfort, Ky.
High school: Franklin County

UK bio: Dynamic playmaker who was all over the field offensively in high school … Played running back, wide receiver and returned kicks … Produced eye-popping numbers … First-team all-state as a junior and senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal … Also all-state as a senior by The Associated Press and a member of the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" … Rushed for 1,306 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior season, averaging an amazing 15.7 yards per attempt … Caught 33 passes for 1,004 yards and 16 TDs, averaging more than 30 yards per reception … Opponents kicked off to him only three times and he returned them all for touchdowns … Had equally incredible numbers his junior season … Rushed 62 times for 1,382 yards, averaging 22.3 yards per carry, and 20 touchdowns … Also had 38 receptions for 1,100 yards, a 28.9 average, and 18 touchdowns his junior campaign … Versatility makes him difficult to define as he ranks as the nation's No. 23 running back by 247Sports.com, the No. 28 athlete by ESPN.com and the No. 46 wide receiver by Scout.com.

NATE WILLIS | DB | 6-0 | 180 |
Hometown: Yuma, Ariz.
Junior College: Arizona Western CC

UK bio: Rated as the No. 3 junior college cornerback in the nation by 247Sports.com … Helped Arizona Western College to an 8-2 record last fall and a victory in the El Toro Bowl, the team's first bowl game win in more than 40 years … Team finished the 2011 regular season No. 1 in the nation and hosted the national championship game before suffering its first loss of the season to finish 11-1 … Solid sophomore season at AWCC, earning 19 tackles, one interception and five pass breakups … Had 31 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one fumble forced and three interceptions his freshman season … Also returned kicks in junior college … His freshman season, he return four kickoffs for 133 yards and two punts for 135 yards and a touchdown … Had three kickoff returns last season for 65 yards … ESPN.com gives Willis praise for his man coverage, zone coverage, instincts and ball skills … Helped his team win the 2B state championship his freshman and sophomore seasons … Focused on basketball and did not play football his last two years at Pahokee (Fla.) HS … Did play one season at Glades Central HS.


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