2011 Football Signees - National Signing Day
Feb. 2, 2011
1 Class is eligibility for the 2011 season
Marcus Caffey, Running Back, 5-11, 177, Fr-HS, Atlanta, Ga. (Grady) – Running back who has nice combination of speed and power … One of the nation’s top 40 running backs by Rivals.com and in the top 50 backs by Scout.com … Rushed for 1,611 yards and 17 touchdowns senior season at Grady (Ga.) High School … Helped lead Grady to an 11-2 record and the quarterfinals of the Class AAA state playoffs … Second-team all-state for Class AAA by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … Honorable-mention all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Has been timed under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Ronnie Millen.
Josh Clemons, Running Back, 5-10, 205, Fr-HS, Fayettevillle, Ga. (Whitewater) – State Offensive Player of the Year in Class AAAA by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Also first-team all-state in Class AAAA by both of those selectors … Rushed for 2,003 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per carry, as a senior at Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Ga. … Team went 10-4 senior year, going to the second round of the state playoffs … Also topped the 1,000-yard mark his junior season with 15 TDs … Career totals feature 3,779 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns … Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game as a senior … Has been timed under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Amos McCreary.
Theltus “Bookie” Cobbins, Quarterback, 6-0, 188, Fr-HS, New Orleans, La. (McDonogh 35) – Combines a strong passing arm with excellent athletic ability … The nation’s No. 26 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 28 overall prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com … Played at McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, the same school that produced current Wildcat Jewell Ratliff … Played four games his senior year before sustaining a season-ending injury … Accounted for 10 passing and rushing touchdowns in the four games … Had a big junior season, throwing for 1,308 and 13 touchdowns while running for 266 yards and seven TDs … Outstanding physical tools include running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, a 315-pound bench press and 38-inch vertical jump … Coached by Wayne Reese … Nickname is pronounced “BOO-kee,” rhymes with “Pookie.”
Christian Coleman, Defensive End, 6-3, 279, Fr-HS, Milan, Tenn. (Milan) – Named to the Nashville Tennessean All-State “Dream Team,” covering all classifications, following his senior season … Also first-team all-state for Class AAA by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association … Outstanding final year featured 116 tackles, five quarterback sacks, two fumbles caused and two fumble recoveries … Missed most of his junior year because of injury … Helped Milan High School post a 40-5 record over the past three seasons, including two trips to the finals of the state playoffs … Turned in a monster performance in the Tennessee East-West All-Star Game … Collected four quarterback sacks, made eight total tackles and caused a fumble against an offensive line that had four Division I signees … A defensive end who could grow into a defensive tackle in college … The No. 14 prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com … Scout.com tabs him as the nation’s No. 88 offensive tackle … Was a teammate of current Wildcat Avery Williamson … Coached by Jeff Morris.
Daryl Collins, Wide Receiver, 5-11, 203, Fr-HS, Gadsden, Ala. (Gadsden City) – Offensive versatility is the hallmark of this prospect … Played wide receiver, tailback, quarterback and also returned kicks for Gadsden City High School … Participating in Class AAAAAA, the largest classification in Alabama, he helped Gadsden City to the state playoff quarterfinals as a senior and the state semifinals as a junior … Named to the Birmingham News “Super Seniors” list of the top-12 seniors in Alabama … Played in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game, helping Bama to the victory … The nation’s No. 62 wide receiver by Scout.com … Coached by Joe Billingsley.
Rashad Cunningham, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 200, Fr-HS, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson) – Big, physical wide receiver … Combines his great size with excellent pass-catching ability … Also has a reputation as an outstanding blocker on a team that rushed for approximately 4,000 yards in 2010 … Caught 39 passes as a senior for 555 yards and five touchdowns … Helped Davidson High School to a 35-8 record over the last three seasons, including two trips to the semifinals of the state playoffs … Davidson competes in Class AAAAAA, the largest classification in Alabama … Coached by Fred Riley.
Nile Daniel, Wide Receiver, 6-1, 185, Fr-HS, Griffin, Ga. (Griffin) – Speedy wide receiver has been timed as fast 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Played wideout and defensive back at Griffin (Ga.) High School … Helped Griffin to multiple double-figure win seasons … Team went to the state semifinals in Class AAA as a junior and sophomore, posting 13-1 and 10-4 records, respectively … Griffin posted a 10-2 mark his senior year, going to the second round … Senior year highlighted by a game-winning 95-yard touchdown catch for a 14-13 win over Harris County … Also a threat on special teams as he returned six kicks for touchdowns … Set the school record for punt-return yardage … Caught 31 passes for approximately 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior … Coached by Steve Devoursney … The No. 62 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com.
Eric Dixon, Defensive Back, 5-11, 175, Fr-HS, Mobile, Ala. (Vigor) – First-team all-state in Alabama Class AAAAA by the Alabama Sports Writers Association … One of the nation’s top-60 cornerbacks as listed by Scout.com and Rivals.com … Also the No. 32 prospect in Alabama by Rivals … Played at Vigor High School in Prichard, Ala. … Helped Vigor to a 15-0 season and state championship his sophomore season … A cornerback in high school, he could play corner or safety in the collegiate ranks … Played for the winning team ‘Bama team in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game … Coached by Kerry Stevenson.
Alvin Dupree, Athlete, 6-4, 230, Fr-HS, Irwinton, Ga. (Wilkinson County) – First-team all-state as a senior as chosen by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Big, talented athlete … Primarily a tight end in high school, he also saw time as an H-back, wide receiver and defensive end … Has the athletic ability to play either side of the ball in college … Starred at Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga. … Team went 11-3 his senior year and 10-4 as a sophomore, advancing to the Class A state semifinals each season … One of the nation’s top 50 tight ends by Scout.com … Coached by James Hagins.
James Elliott, Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 305, Fr-HS, Pensacola, Fla. (Catholic) – Offensive line prospect with good size and strength … Has bench pressed 350 pounds and gone over 500 pounds in the squat lift … Helped Pensacola Catholic High School to state playoff semifinal appearances in Class 2B in his junior and senior seasons … Primarily played offensive tackle but also saw occasional action in the defensive line … Projected as an offensive guard by Scout.com, which lists him as the No. 65 guard prospect in America … An all-area pick by the Pensacola News Journal … Played in the Subway East-West High School All-Star Game, helping the West squad notch a 24-0 shutout … Coached by Greg Seibert.
Glenn Faulkner, Defensive Back, 6-2, 194, Fr-HS, East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis) – The No. 1 prospect in Illinois as evaluated by Rivals.com … Also the No. 8 safety and overall No. 128 player in the nation by Rivals … One of the nation’s top-300 players by Scout.com … Totaled 63 tackles and three interceptions as a senior for East St. Louis (Ill.) High School … Made 60 tackles and four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, as a junior … Played for the Class AAAAAAA state championship team as a sophomore with a 13-1 record … In his senior year, East St. Louis was 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state when forced to leave the playoffs because of an ineligible player … Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, only the second future Wildcat to do so … Micah Johnson also played in the game in 2006 and eventually earned first-team All-SEC honors at Kentucky … Coached by Darren Sunkett.
Daylen Hall, Defensive Back, 5-10 180, Fr-HS, Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) – First-team all-state as a senior as selected by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal … Picked for the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top-22 seniors in the state … A dynamic performer on defense, offense and special teams at St. Xavier High School in Louisville … Two-way players are rare at St. X, a traditional power with great depth in its program, but his athletic ability and playmaking ability made him a standout in every phase of the game … Intercepted 13 passes in his career, returning four for touchdowns … A terror on special teams with 11 blocked kicks in his career … Second-team all-state by the Courier-Journal as a junior as he helped lead the Tigers to a 14-1 record and state championship in Class AAAAAA, the largest classification in Kentucky … Had seven interceptions his junior year and scored six touchdowns in special teams action … Has been timed under 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Mike Glaser … Hall will rejoin former St. X teammates Matt Smith and David Noltemeyer at UK.
Josh Forrest, Athlete, 6-3, 213, Fr-HS, Paducah, Ky. (Tilghman) – First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal … Also named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top-22 players in Kentucky … Dual-threat ability shows on both offense and defense … At wide receiver, caught 46 passes for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior … As a defensive back, he picked off seven passes during his senior season and returned three for touchdowns … Also had an 85-yard fumble return for a TD … Gifted athlete who is a star in both football and basketball … A long-time basketball standout, he began playing football as a junior and excelled immediately … Earned honorable-mention all-state honors in his first year in football, an indication of his quick aptitude for the sport, while helping lead Tilghman High School to the Class AAA state championship … Intercepted three passes in the state championship game as the Tilghman defense posted a shutout … Coached by Randy Wyatt, who played at Kentucky in the mid-1990s … Honorable-mention all-state in basketball as a junior, leading Tilghman to the First Region championship and a berth in the Sweet 16 state tournament.
Farrington Huguenin, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 238, Fr-HS, Columbia, S.C. (Dreher/North Carolina Tech) – Has signed again with Kentucky after originally inking with the Wildcats in February, 2010 … Currently attending North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy in Charlotte … Totaled an astounding 17 quarterback sacks during his season of prep-school football … Coached at North Carolina Tech by Tim Newman … Combines excellent size and noteworthy speed … Has moved his 6-4 frame as fast as 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has notched consistent times below 4.7 … Started at linebacker his senior year at Dreher High School in Columbia, S.C. … Totaled 121 tackles and four sacks as a senior, along with four caused fumbles, two recoveries and a pass interception … Started at defensive end as a sophomore and junior … Notched 82 tackles and 11 sacks during junior season … Turned in an impressive performance in the summer of 2009 at the Elite 100 Camp in Charlotte, N.C. … “Has a great first step and is explosive,” wrote Mike Farrell, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com … Coached at Dreher by Bill Bacon … Also wrestled in high school, winning a pair of tournaments in the 215-pound class … Participated for the track and field team in the 200-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay, shot put and discus throw … Regional champion in the shot put as a junior … Member of the school’s Finance Club.
Jabari Johnson, Defensive Lineman, 6-1, 269, Fr-HS, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson) – Enrolled in January as a “grayshirt” and will participate in spring practice … Originally signed in February, 2010 … Very athletic linebacker prospect … Could grow into a defensive end in college … “May be the best-looking kid on the hoof on a team with over 25 DI (Division I) prospects,” wrote recruiting analyst Barry Every of Rivals.com, who also tabbed Johnson as a “big-time sleeper” … Has been clocked as fast as 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a terrific time for a linebacker … Also played strong safety, fullback and tight end … Three-year letterman, two-year starter … Helped Stephenson HS to an 11-1 record as a senior (2009) in Class AAAAA, the largest classification in Georgia … Totaled 76 tackles as a senior, with five quarterback sacks, eight tackles for loss, two fumbles caused and one recovery … First-team all-region … Selected for the DeKalb County All-Star Game … Coached by Ron Gartrell … “Jabari’s athletic ability is outstanding,” Gartrell said. “He has great reaction skills and really understands the game on both sides of the ball.” … Teammate of current Wildcats Raymond Sanders and Ronnie Shields … Listed as the nation’s No. 64 outside linebacker prospect by ESPN.com … Also participated on the track and field team, competing in the 400-meter run and hurdles events.
Shaquille Love, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 281, Fr-HS, Harriman, Tenn. (Harriman) – Big lineman excelled on both sides of the ball in high school … First-team all-state as an offensive lineman as a senior as chosen by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association … Helped lead Harriman High School to a berth in the state playoffs each season … The No. 15 prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com … Nationally ranked as the No. 90 defensive tackle by Scout.com … Coached by Travis Tapp … Also played basketball at Harriman.
Ashely Lowery, Defensive Back, 6-1, 180, Fr-HS, Cleveland, Ga. (White County) – First-team all-state in Class AAA as chosen by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Standout running back and defensive back … Region Offensive Player of the Year … Senior season featured two interceptions and nine pass breakups on defense while rushing for approximately 1,340 yards and 15 touchdowns on the offensive side … Well known for an amazing play during his senior year … Picked up a fumbled snap, made an unscripted run around right end and hurdled a defender en route to a touchdown … The play became known as the “Lowery Leap,” was shown on ESPN and became an internet sensation, drawing nearly a million views as of this writing … Participated in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game following his senior season, playing cornerback while helping the North team to a 22-0 shutout … Was one of five players picked “first team” among the game’s stars by UGAsports.com … Has run the 40-yard dash under 4.6 seconds … Coached by Tommy Flowers.
Darrian Miller, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 286, Fr-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Bryan Station) – One of the nation’s top-20 offensive tackles as evaluated by Scout.com and one of the top-125 players nationally … Combines outstanding size and athletic ability … His long reach also will be a great asset … Second-team all-state as a junior by The Associated Press … Helped lead Bryan Station to a 9-3 record and the second round of the state playoffs that year … Senior honors included the “Class of the Commonwealth” list of the top-22 seniors in the state by the Lexington Herald-Leader, along with second-team all-state by the Louisville Courier-Journal … Coached in high school by Kenny Turner and Oliver Lucas.
Tim Patterson, Linebacker, 6-4, 225, Fr-HS, Louisville, Ky. (Central) – Enrolled in January as a “grayshirt” and will participate in spring practice … Originally signed in February, 2010, he deferred enrollment while rehabilitating an injury … The top prospect in the 2010 class in Kentucky as named by Rivals.com and SuperPrep … Rangy linebacker with outstanding height and sub-4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash … First-team all-state as a senior by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal … Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top seniors in the state … Made 92 tackles as a senior but missed the state playoffs because of an injury … Also the top prospect in Kentucky by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who wrote, “This guy can really deliver a blow, always seems to be in the right position at the right time, takes great angles to the ball, and once he gets there, look out.” … Helped lead Central HS to consecutive state championships his sophomore and junior seasons … Made 91 tackles his junior year, with 12 for loss and two interceptions … Also saw playing time at tight end … Coached by Ty Scroggins (sophomore through senior year) and Steve Serotte (freshman year) … Not surprising with his skill set, is also an outstanding basketball player who helped Central to the finals of the 2009 state tournament.
Demarius Rancifer, Linebacker, 6-2, 210. Fr-HS, Pensacola, Fla. (Catholic) – Described as “a tackling machine” by Rivals.com analyst Chris Nee … Highly productive linebacker notched 177 tackles as a senior at Catholic High School in Pensacola, Fla. … Made 124 stops his junior season … Helped lead team to the state Class 2B semifinals as a junior and senior … One of the top 100 prospects in the talent-rich state of Florida as designated by Rivals.com … The nation’s No. 44 outside linebacker by Rivals … Participated in the Subway East-West High School All-Star Game, helping the West team post a 24-0 shutout … Coached by Greg Seibert.
Demarco Robinson, Wide Receiver, 5-10, 160, Fr-HS, Ellenwood, Ga. (Martin Luther King) – Extremely productive wideout … Had a tremendous senior season at Martin Luther King High School in Lithonia, Ga. … Caught 73 passes for a state-record 1,655 yards and 27 touchdowns … His state-record yardage total broke the mark set by current Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers … Also returned two kicks for touchdowns … Named first-team all-state in the largest classification, Class AAAAA, by the Georgia Sports Writers Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Caught 10 balls for 246 yards and five TDs in a playoff game … One of the nation’s top 100 wide receivers by Scout.com … One of the top 80 prospects in the talent-rich state of Georgia by Rivals.com … Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game following his senior season … Was one of five players picked “first team” among the game’s stars by UGAsports.com … Coached by Michael Carson.
Maxwell Smith, Quarterback, 6-4, 220, Fr-HS, Granada Hills, Calif. (Birmingham) – Enrolled in January and will participate in spring practice … Tall quarterback known for his strong arm and football smarts … Played his senior season at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif. … Threw for approximately 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns with only two interceptions … Named All-West Valley Conference and to the all-city team … Has a reputation for recognizing defenses and coverages, not surprising for a person who scored 1480 on his SAT … Coached by Jim Rose … Also played basketball … Received the school’s Most Valuable Senior Award, covering all sports.
Marcoreyon “Bubba” Tandy, Athlete, 5-11, 181, Fr-HS, Hopkinsville, Ky. (Christian County) – “Playmaker” might be the best position to designate for this multifaceted performer … Played wide receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner for Christian County High School … Helped CCHS to the Class AAAAA state playoff finals as a senior and sophomore … First-team all-state as a senior by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal … Picked for the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top-22 seniors in Kentucky … Career totals feature 102 receptions for 1,615 yards and 14 touchdowns … Rushed for nearly 1,000 yards and 14TDs in his career … Returned six punts for touchdowns … Tied a state record with four punt return TDs in one game … In senior season he notched four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown … One of the top-10 prospects in Kentucky by Rivals.com … Has been timed at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Steve Lovelace … Will rejoin former CCHS teammate Malcolm McDuffen at Kentucky … Also a member of the CCHS basketball team, which has advanced to the Sweet 16 state tournament each of the last two seasons.
Darrell “D.J.” Warren, Athlete, 6-0, 215, Fr-HS, Alcoa, Tenn. (Alcoa) – “Mr. Football” lineman as a senior in Tennessee Class AA … Named to the Nashville Tennessean All-State “Dream Team” that covered all classifications … First-team all-state as a junior and senior in Class AA … Three-year starter on the Alcoa High School juggernaut that has posted seven-consecutive state championships … Three-year starter at defensive end and two-year regular at running back … Also saw spot duty as a linebacker … Alcoa went 44-1 during his three seasons as a starter … Rushed 136 times for approximately 1,300 yards and 36 touchdowns as a senior … On the defensive side, he totaled 84 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 16 quarterback sacks … Team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior and also was the Offensive MVP of the state championship game … Coached by Gary Rankin … “D.J. falls in the same line as (UK players) Randall Cobb and Tyler Robinson – great kid, tremendous worker, big motor and a winner. He’s a physical player, very quick off the ball. He also was a great player offensively. I think he could play either side of the ball (at Kentucky).” … Also plays for the Alcoa basketball team.
David Washington, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 285, Fr-HS, Locust Grove, GA (Lovejoy) – First-team all-state in Class AAAA as chosen by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution … Second-team all-state pick by the Georgia Sports Writers Association … Athletic lineman whose combination of speed and strength are a fit at defensive end or tackle … Played both positions at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga … Two-year selection on the all-region team … Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Game … Coached by Al Hughes.
Zach West, Offensive Lineman , 6-4, 275, Fr-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Christian Academy) – Played offensive tackle in high school but is projected as the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com … First-team all-state as a junior and senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal … Tabbed to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top-22 players in Kentucky … Four-year starter at Lexington Christian Academy … LCA won the Class A state championship his junior season with a 14-1 record … Also first-team all-state as a junior by The Associated Press … Team advanced to the state finals his freshman season … LCA posted a 46-12 record during his four campaigns … Coached by Ray Graham and Paul Rains.