2016 Kentucky Football Signee - Roland Walder

Roland Walder, Linebacker, 6-3, 215, Fr.-HS, Dayton, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) - Ranked the No. 29 inside linebacker nationally and the No. 32 prospect overall in Ohio, according to the 247Sports ... Rated the No. 40 middle backer nationally by Rivals ... An all-around athlete, playing wide receiver as well ... Named Southwest Ohio Division III Defensive Player of the Year  and was a first-team all-state selection after an impressive senior season that saw him record 62 tackles, including seven sacks ... Offensively,  he had 16 receptions for 280 yards and three touchdowns ...  Had a great junior season with 92 tackles and three forced fumbles ... Helped Trotwood-Madison advance to at least the state semifinals all four years of his prep career ...  Three-year starter for Coach Jeff Graham ... Reunites with high school teammate Kei Beckham ... Chose UK over offers from Nebraska, Purdue, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Bowling Green, Pittsburgh and Toledo.

Coach Stoops on Walder: “Roland is an athletic linebacker with the versatility we like. He can play inside or outside linebacker and he is very explosive with great instincts.”