2016 Kentucky Football Signee - Kash Daniel


Kash Daniel, Linebacker, 6-1, 235, Fr.-HS, Paintsville, Ky. (Paintsville) – U.S. Army All-American, named a team captain for the West squad  ... Helped the West win the game, 37-9 …  Named Kentucky’s Mr. Football and Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year ... Named first-team all-state by the Courier-Journal and The Associated Press ... A 2015 Herald-Leader “Class of Commonwealth” honoree ... Winner of the Paul Hornung Award, honoring the top player in the state … A two-way star as a quarterback and linebacker at Paintsville, helping the Tigers compile a 13-1 record and advance to the Class 1A semifinals ... Rushed and passed for 2,245 combined yards (1,319 passing) and a 36 combined touchdowns as a senior (22 rushing TDs) … Defensively in 2015, he had 158 tackles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions, returning a pair for touchdowns … Coach by Joe Chirico ... Rated as a three-star recruit by 247sports.com, as the No. 13 inside linebacker and the third-best prospect in the state of Kentucky … A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, is tabbed as the 15th best inside linebacker and third best prospect in the state … Ranks as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, No. 8 in the state of Kentucky and the 42nd best inside linebacker … Three-star prospect by Scout.com, ranks as the 23rd best inside linebacker in the nation … 247sports.com says, “Tremendous athleticism, great work ethic. He's strong and he's good laterally. He's certainly elite laterally. The guy can go to Kentucky and be the leading tackler for the Wildcats three years. Just tough as nails, knows the game, is extremely talented and has a good upside. When you're trying to play football in the SEC, you can never have too many guys like this.” ... Also lettered in baseball and basketball at Paintsville … Picked UK over Michigan, Louisville, Marshall, Ohio, Purdue, South Carolina and Illinois.

Personal: Born in Pikeville, Ky., ... Son of Scott Daniel and Lela Layne … Major is communications.

Coach Stoops on Daniel: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Kash, Kentucky’s Mr. Football, to our team. He exemplifies the definition of a blue collar player.  He’s an extremely hard worker and he is very driven. Kash is what you’re looking for in a middle linebacker. He has the size, instincts and leadership you want in the middle of the defense.