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The University of Kentucky has announced the following 2001 football signees. Updates on signees will be provided.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl-Exp. Hometown (Previous School)
Muhammad Abdullah DB 6-0 190 Fr-HS Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County HS)
Chad Anderson LB 6-2 240 Fr-HS Canton , Ohio (McKinley HS)
Taylor Begley K 6-0 195 Fr-HS Danville, Ky. (Boyle CountyHS)
Aaron Boone* WR 6-3 205 Jr-JC Fillmore, Utah (Millard HS/Snow College)
Alexis Bwenge RB 6-1 205 Fr-HS St. Apollonaire, Quebec (Champlain Prep)
Darimy Crawford WR 6-5 195 Fr-HS Albany, Ga. (Westover)
Jeremy Darveau OL 6-8 300 Fr-HS Hilton Head, S. C. (Hilton Head HS)
Dominick DeVastey WR 6-4 190 Fr-HS Round Rock, Tex. (Taylor HS)
Jeremiah Drobney TE 6-4 225 Fr-HS Massillon, Ohio (Washington HS)
Brett Hamblen DB 6-0 190 Fr-HS Fort Thomas, Ky. (Highlands HS)
Antoine Huffman DB 6-0 185 Fr-HS Jonesboro, Ga. (Lovejoy HS)
Ronald "Rock" Johnson RB 6-0 246 Fr-HS Cleveland, OH. (Lovejoy HS)
Xavier Lane DB 5-10 182 Fr-HS Houston, Tex. (North Shore HS)
Dan Lumley QB 6-1 170 Fr-HS Windsor, Ontario (Herman HS)
Trey Mielsch LB 6-3 230 Fr-HS El Maton, Tex. (Tidehaven HS)
Ellery Moore DL 6-3 260 Fr-HS Massillon, Ohio (Washington)
Brian Pickard WR 6-3 180 Fr-HS Dublin, Ohio (Scioto HS)
Ben Scott DL 6-3 229 Fr-HS Fort Thomas, Ky. (Highlands HS)
Keith Shelton DB 6-3 200 Fr-HS Memphis, Tenn. (East HS)
Jon Sumrall DB 6-2 210 Fr-HS Huntsville, Ala. (Grissom HS)
Dustin Williams LB 6-4 250 Fr-HS Channahan, Ill. (Minooka HS)
Mike Williams DB 5-11 185 Fr-HS Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)
Warren Wilson DB 5-11 170 Fr-HS Texas City, Tex. (Texas City HS)
Covington Woodley OL 6-6 323 Fr-HS Lake City, Fla. (Ft. White HS)

* enrolled at Kentucky in Jan. 2001

Pronunciation Guide
Muhammad Abdullah: ab-DU-lah
Alexis Bwenge: ah-LEX-ee buh-GEENG-ee
Jeremy Darveau: DAR-vo
Dominick DeVastey: de-VASS-tee
Jeremiah Drobney: DROB-nee
Trey Mielsch: MELSH
Brian Pickard: PICK-erd
Jon Sumrall: sum-RALL

Player Bios

Muhammad Abdullah, Defensive Back, 6-0, 190, Fr-HS, Folkston, Ga. (Charlton County)- First-team all-state as a senior as selected by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Three-year starter on offense and defense at Charlton County HS in Folkston, Ga. ... Set every school record for interceptions ... Had 17 interceptions in his career, including eight as a senior ... Set the single-game record with three picks against Irwin County in the state playoffs during his junior season ... Four-year letterman who helped lead his team to the playoffs each season ... Charlton County had a four-year record of 46-9, won four regional championships, and the Class AA state championship during his junior season ... Career receiving totals feature 24 receptions for 422 yards, a 17.6-yard average, and three touchdowns ... Also returned kickoffs and punts ... Had 152 tackles in his career ... First-team all-region as a senior and junior and was second-team all-region as a sophomore ... Coached by Richard McWhorter ... Has the speed to play cornerback and the size and strength to play safety, McWhorter said ... Will be a four-year letterman in track, competing in the 110-meter high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles, 4x400 relay, and the triple jump ... Was the high-point champion of the regional track meet as a sophomore and junior ... Best times are 14.4 seconds in the high hurdles and 39.7 seconds in the intermediate hurdles ... Best triple jump is 44 feet, three inches ... Picked Kentucky over Alabama and Arkansas ... Last name is pronounced ab-DU-lah.
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Chad Anderson, Linebacker, 6-2, 240, Fr-HS, Canton, Ohio (McKinley) - Named to the SuperPrep list of All-America linebackers ... Also the #21 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... Three-year starter at McKinley HS in Canton, Ohio ... Played middle linebacker on defense, recording 115 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, seven quarterback hurries, and one blocked kick as a senior ... Played fullback on offense, gaining 62 yards on 15 carries while catching seven passes for 90 yards ... Second-team All-Ohio as chosen by the state sportswriters ... Was invited to play in the National High School All-Star Game in Dallas, Tex. ... Named all-region and all-county as a junior and senior ... Member of McKinley's Division I (highest classification) state championship during his sophomore season ... "Chad has a great sense of football. He's a very good athlete, with his better years ahead," said Coach John Miller ... Two-year member of the track team, competing in the shot put and discus throw ... Advanced to the state meet during his junior year ... Also played one year of basketball ... Honor roll student ... His cousin, Antonio Hall, is an offensive tackle with the Wildcats ... Chad selected Kentucky over Ohio State, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), and Indiana.
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Taylor Begley, Kicker, 6-0, 195, Fr-HS, Danville, Ky. (Boyle County) - Set national and state records for kicking during his three seasons at Boyle County HS in Danville, Ky. ... As a senior, made 97 of 98 extra points and 17 of 20 field goals for 148 points ... Broke national record for points by a kicker in a season and tied the national mark for extra points in a season ... Set a single-season state record for field goals made ... First-team all-state by The Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Made 64 of 65 extra points as a junior, along with 12 of 16 field goals ... Helped Boyle County win consecutive Class AA championships with a spotless 30-0 record during his last two seasons ... Two-year pick on the all-area team ... Career mark of 184 extra points made is a state record and seventh in national history ... Made 31 field goals in his career, with a long of 48 yards ... His career total of 277 points by a kicker is fifth on the all-time national chart ... Honorable mention all-state as a junior ... Left-footed kicker ... Coached by Chuck Smith ... Four-year letterman on the soccer team, helping Boyle County win a pair of district championships ... All-region pick at sweeper as a sophomore and team captain as a senior ... Will be a four-year letterman on the baseball team as a pitcher and third baseman ... Baseball team has won three district championships ... Member of the school's academic team that won the district championship ... Member of the Global Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Winner of the DAR Good Citizen Award ... Had been asked to walk-on at Mississippi State and South Carolina before UK's scholarship offer.
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Aaron Boone, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 205, Jr-JC, Fillmore, Utah (Millard HS/Snow College) ... First-team All-American by the JC Gridwire as a sophomore at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah ... Second-team All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association ... One of the nations top 75 juco prospects as chosen by SuperPrep ... Caught 81 passes for 1,505 yards, an 18.6-yard average per catch, and 19 touchdowns ... Most Valuable Player of the Dairy Bowl in Pocatello, Idaho ... Snagged 33 passes for 645 passes, a 19.5-yard average per reception, and six TDs during his freshman season at Snow ... It was his first season as a receiver after having played quarterback during high school ... Fulfilled a two-year Mormon mission in Peru during calendar years 1997-98 ... Enrolled at Snow in the fall of 1996 and redshirted as a freshman quarterback before beginning his church mission ... Coached by Jeff Kilts ... Played 1993-95 at Millard HS in Fillmore, Utah ... Three-year letterman and two-year starter at quarterback ... Led his team to a 10-2 record and Class AA state championship during his senior season ... First-team all-state ... Also played defensive end ... Coached in high school by Frank Bramhall ... Remarkable all-around athlete as an all-state honoree in three sports, including baseball and basketball ... Two-year all-state honoree in baseball as a shortstop and pitcher, helping his team to a state championship during his junior season ... Played forward in basketball ... Graduated in the top 20 in his class ... President of the senior class, vice-president of his sophomore and junior classes ... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club ... Fluent in Spanish and also speaks some Chinese ... Spent approximately six weeks in China while in junior college ... Hopes to go into international business ... Aaron comes from a very athletic family ... His father, Coley, played football at Brigham Young ... Four of Aarons uncles played football at BYU ... Aarons sister, Amy, played volleyball and basketball at George Mason, and a brother, Jesse, currently plays football for Utah ... Because of his two-year church mission, is already 23 years old ... Enrolled at UK in January, 2001, and has two years of eligibility remaining ... Picked UK over Iowa, Brigham Young, Colorado, and Kansas State.
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Alexis Bwenge, Running Back, 6-1, 205, Fr-HS, St. Apollonaire, Quebec (Champlain Prep) ... Alexis Bwenge, Running Back, 6-1, 205, Fr-HS, St. Apollonaire, Quebec (Champlain Prep) To: pjone2@pop.uky.eduRunning back prospect with a good combination of size, speed, and power Played two years for Champlain Prep of Lennoxville, Quebec, helping lead his team to a pair of conference championships Named the Conference Offensive Player of the Year last season In eight regular season games, he rushed 111 times for 712 yards, a 6.4-yard average, and nine touchdowns Led the league in rushing and scoring Added 145 yards in the conference semifinal playoff game Chosen the Offensive Player of the Game in the conference championship, rushed for 156 yards and scored all three of his team's TDs in a 21-12 win Also returned punts and kickoffs for Champlain, averaging 25 yards per kickoff return and 9.4 yards on punt returns Played both running back and receiver during the 1999 season Rushed 88 times for 517 yards, 5.9 per carry, and four touchdowns Caught nine passes for 169 yards and three TDs as a receiver Was the runner-up for Conference Rookie of the Year "Alexis is a strong and powerful runner, with great vision, quickness, and speed," said Champlain Prep Coach Tony Addona. "He also catches the ball well and is a fierce competitor." Also a forward in basketball, helping lead Champlain to the provincial championship Prior to Champlain, he played five years of football at Seminaire St. Francois HS for Coach Luc Savoie Name is pronounced "ah-LEX-ee buh-GEENG-ee."
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Darimy Crawford, Wide Receiver, 6-5, 195, Fr-HS, Albany, Ga. (Westover)Rangy wide receiver with excellent height and athletic ability ... Relative newcomer to football who began playing during his junior year at Westover HS in Albany, Ga. ... Started as a senior, making 20 catches for 303 yards, a 15.2-yard average, and two touchdowns ... Won the team's Most Valuable Receiver Award ... Also returned kickoffs, with nine returns for 202 yards, a 22.4-yard average ... Had an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ... Named the area "Player of the Week" twice by the Albany Herald ... "Darimy has all kinds of ability and a tremendous amount of potential," said Westover Coach Richard Hodges ... Three-year letterman as a forward on the Westover basketball team, a perennial power in Georgia ... Westover has won six state championships in the last 11 years, including the 2001 title ... Won the team's rebounding and best defensive player awards during his career ... Competed on his school's mock trial team that placed third in the area competition ... Comes from an athletic family, with three cousins Chris Cameron, Lavor Postel, and Dontonio Wingfield who have played in the NBA.
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Jeremy Darveau, Offensive Lineman, 6-8, 300, Fr-HS, Hilton Head, S. C. (Hilton Head) ... Sizeable lineman whose height and long arms make him a pass blocking prospect in the UK offense ... Spent the 2000 season at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. ... Started at offensive tackle ... Played his high school football at Hilton Head (S. C.) HS ... Never played football until his junior year, but immediately earned a starting position ... Two-year regular at left tackle ... Made excellent progress in a short period of time and earned all-area honors in his senior year ... Also played some in the defensive line in goal line and short-yardage situations ... Competed in Class AAAA, the largest classification in South Carolina Coached by Dan Utley ... Three-year letterman on the track team, competing in the shot put and discus throw ... Placed sixth in the state meet as a sophomore in the discus ... A cousin, Steve Darveau, played football at Nebraska-Omaha ... His finalists included Temple, Washington State, and Kent ... Last name is pronounced DAR-vo.
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Dominick DeVastey, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 190, Fr-HS, Round Rock, Tex. (Taylor) ... Three-year all-district choice at Taylor (Tex.) HS ... Has good height for a receiver ... Was the leading receiver in a run-oriented offense ... As a senior, caught 20 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 17.4 yards per reception ... Caught 11 passes for 240 yards and three TDs during his junior season, an average of 21.8 yards per catch ... Helped his team advance to the state playoffs during his sophomore and junior seasons ... Coached by Wayne Schroder ... Four-year letterman on the basketball team, playing center and power forward ... Two-year pick for the all-district team ... Has helped his team win several district and area championships and is a contender for the state title this year ... Member of the student senate and the National Honor Society ... Chosen for the Hugh OBrien Youth Leadership organization ... Honor roll student ... Narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Dartmouth before selecting the Wildcats ... Last name is pronounced de-VASS-tee.
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Jeremiah Drobney, Tight End, 6-4, 225, Fr-HS, Massillon, Ohio (Washington) ... Talented tight end who should fit in well with the Kentucky offense ... Excellent pass catcher whose high school team used the UK offense, so he will have familiarity with the system ... Two-year starter at Washington HS in the football hotbed of Massillon, Ohio ... As a senior, caught 48 passes for 618 yards and seven touchdowns ... Set a single-game school record with 10 receptions in one game ... Named to the all-county and All-Northeast Ohio teams following his senior season ... Caught 16 passes for 252 yards and five TDs as a junior ... Helped his team to a 19-3 record during his last two seasons, including a pair of playoff appearances ... Jeremiah has a great football IQ, said Washington Coach Rick Shepas. ... He reads coverages and runs option routes well. ... He has outstanding speed for a tight end and can get vertical on you. ... Will be a four-year letterman on the track team ... Runs the 110-meter high hurdles and 400-meter dash ... Member of the National Honor Society and French Club ... His father, Sylvester, played football at Marshall ... Last name is pronounced DROB-nee ... Jeremiah selected UK over Akron, Kent, and Harvard.
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Brett Hamblen, Defensive Back/Wide Receiver, 6-0, 190, Fr-HS, Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands) Outstanding two-way player ... Helped lead Highlands HS of Ft. Thomas, Ky., to three consecutive Class AAA state championships and a three-year record of 43-2 ... Three-year starter as a defensive back and wide receiver ... Phenomenal senior season featured 67 receptions for 1,374 yards, 20.5 yards per catch, and a single-season state record 27 touchdowns ... Also set a state record with six TD receptions in one game ... Scored three rushing touchdowns on end-around plays ... Had an incredible average of 24.6 yards per punt return (22 for 541 yards), and had five returns for touchdowns ... Averaged 24.9 yards on kickoff returns (18 for 449 yards), taking two for touchdowns ... Defensive stats include 67 tackles and six interceptions, two of which were returned for TDs ... Received the Frank Camp Award as the Kentucky Player of the Year and the Roy Kidd Award as the Class AAA Player of the Year ... A finalist for National Player of the Year by the Dick Butkus Football Network and a finalist for Kentuckys Mr. Football Award ... Chosen for the Class of the Commonwealth list of the top-22 seniors in the state by the Lexington Herald-Leader ... First-team all-state as a senior by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal ... Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year for Northern Kentucky during his junior and senior seasons ... First-team all-state by the AP as a junior ... Three-year member of the all-conference team ... Nobody at Highlands has had a three-year career like Brett, starting both ways. ... He just does it all, said Highlands Coach Dale Mueller ... Will be a five-year letterman as a shortstop on the baseball team ... His brother, Chris, is the starting catcher for the University of Cincinnati baseball team ... Bretts final choices also included Louisiana State, Cincinnati, and Louisville.
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Ronald "Rock" Johnson, Running Back, 6-0 246, Fr-HS, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Peter Chanel HS) Two-time all-state fullback ... Rushed 94 times for 579 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior at St. Peter Chanel HS in Bedford, Ohio ... Also caught 11 passes for 137 yards ... Was the blocking back for tailbacks who combined for 2,400 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns last season ... Helped lead his school to a 13-2 record and state runner-up finish as a senior ... Team went 13-1 and advanced to the state semifinals during his junior season ... Team won the conference championship his last two seasons ... Three-year starter who earned all-conference honors all three seasons ... Two-year pick on the all-county and All-Cleveland area teams ... Named the Offensive Most Valuable Player on a team that included players who signed with Wisconsin and Ohio University ... Also saw playing time at defensive tackle and linebacker during his career ... Selected for the "Big 33" Ohio vs. Pennsylvania All-Star Game ... Has impressive physical abilities ... Top lifts include 650 pounds in the squat lift and 375 in the bench press ... Best 40-yard dash time is 4.7 seconds ... "Rock has great hands and is a devastating blocker. I’ve never seen a high school player block like him," said Jeff Rotsky, St. Peter Chanel coach ... Played one year of high school baseball ... Two-year member of the student council ... Has done community service work with physically challenged children ... Chose UK over Wisconsin, Indiana, and Akron.
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Antoine Huffman, Defensive Back, 6-0, 185, Fr-HS, Jonesboro, Ga. (Lovejoy) ... Talented defensive back listed as one of the top-50 prospects in the talent-rich state of Georgia, according to SuperPrep magazine ... Started three years on defense and two on offense at Lovejoy (Ga.) HS ... Played cornerback as a sophomore and junior ... Moved to free safety for his senior year, but was hampered by a knee sprain that caused him to miss three games ... Three-year defensive totals included 192 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, and four fumbles caused ... Two-year starter at wide receiver ... Best offensive season was as a junior when he caught 22 passes for 358 yards, a 16.3-yard average, and two touchdowns ... A two-year pick on the all-region team ... Helped Lovejoy advance to the Class AAAA state playoffs during his sophomore and junior seasons ... A very intelligent, competitive young man who is conscientious and a perfectionist, said Lovejoy Coach C. W. Campbell ... Will be a two-year letterman in baseball at shortstop ... Helped his team advance to the state final four during his junior season ... Also played basketball one season ... Honor roll student ... President of the Interclub Council ... President of the Hoops for Heart committee that helps raise money for heart transplants ... Member of a joint faculty-student committee that develops school policies ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Narrowed his choices to Kentucky and Auburn before tabbing the Wildcats.
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Xavier Lane, Defensive Back, 5-10, 182, Fr-HS, Houston, Tex. (North Shore) ... Three-year starter at North Shore HS in Houston, Tex., competing in the Class 5A (highest classification) ranks ... Started at cornerback as a sophomore, split time between corner and safety as a junior, then played safety as a senior ... Named to the all-district team as a senior, as he helped lead North Shore to an 11-2 record and a berth in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs ... North Shore also advanced to the playoffs during his junior and sophomore years ... Xavier has excellent speed and is a big-time hitter, said North Shore Coach David Aymond ... Will be a three-year letterman in track ... Competes in the 400-meter run, 4x100-meter relay, and the 4x400-meter relay ... Won the district in all three events as a junior and sophomore ... Honor roll student ... Selected Kentucky after giving final consideration to Iowa State, Kansas, and Houston.
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Dan Lumley, Quarterback, 6-1, 170, Fr-HS, Windsor, Ontario (Herman) ... First-team All-Canada quarterback as a senior ... Three-year starter who helped lead Herman HS of Windsor, Ontario, to a three-year record of 38-1 ... Team won three consecutive provincial championships in the Newman Division (highest classification) ... Herman HS was voted the Canadian national champion in a coaches poll the last two seasons ... Named to the all-city team as a senior and junior ... Also handled punts and kickoffs the last three years and was the second-team All-Canada punter as a senior ... His father, Harry Lumley, is the head coach at Herman ... "Dan has a strong arm and doesn't get rattled. He has poise and toughness and he knows the game," Coach Lumley said ... Dan also was a three-year starter in basketball and soccer ... Three-year all-city pick in basketball and helped lead his team to a pair of city and district championships ... A midfielder in soccer, his team went to the provincial finals his sophomore season ... Member of the student council ... Chose Kentucky over Illinois, Indiana, Toledo, and Idaho.
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Trey Mielsch, Linebacker, 6-3, 230, Fr-HS, Midfield, Tex. (Tidehaven HS) ... Linebacker prospect with a notable combination of strength and speed ... Three-year starter at linebacker for Tidehaven HS in El Maton, Tex. ... Had 51 tackles and two fumble recoveries as a senior, when he was named second-team all-district and first-team all-county ... Added running back duties during his senior year, rushing for 625 yards and three touchdowns ... Made more than 100 tackles in each of his sophomore and junior seasons ... Tidehaven advanced to the state playoffs his sophomore year and he was named honorable mention all-state ... Coached by Mike Pierce ... Three-year member of the track team ... All-around athletic prowess is evidenced by the events in which he competed ... shot put, discus throw, 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and the mile relay ... Advanced to the region in all five events as a junior ... Finished in the top three in the regional meet in all five events, including a win in the 110 hurdles and a second place in the discus ... Holds the school record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.7 seconds ... Top throw in the discus is approximately 160 feet ... Three-year member of the schools powerlifting team ... Committed early to Kentucky and did not seriously consider other schools ... Last name is pronounced MELSH.
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Ellery Moore, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 260, Fr-HS, Massillon, Ohio (Washington) Standout defensive line prospect Signed with Penn State a year ago, but played last fall at a prep school, the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa. Played defensive end, inside linebacker, and offensive tackle at Kiski Totaled 59 tackles and one fumble recovery Graded over 80 percent every game at offensive tackle Three-year starter at Washington HS in Massillon, Ohio, where he was a teammate of current UK signee Jeremiah Drobney All-state performer as a senior and the Stark County Player of the Year Two-year member of the all-county team and honorable mention all-state as a junior Played in the Big 33 Ohio vs. Pennsylvania All-Star Game after his senior season Rated as the #47 prospect in the six-state Midwest area by SuperPrep a year ago The #56 prospect in the Midwest in Tom Lemmings Prep Football Report The #3 defensive line prospect in the Midwest by PrepStar, which wrote, A DT from one of the nations most storied programs. He had 92 tackles and nine sacks this season. Ellery was an early commit to the Nittany Lions and chose PSU over the likes of UNC, UGA, Ohio State, Michigan and more. He has great potential and should make a name for himself in college. Coached at Washington by Rick Shepas Won a national powerlifting championship in high school for his combination of the squat lift, dead lift, and bench press A cousin of current Wildcat Antonio Hall This year, Ellery chose Kentucky over Pittsburgh.
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Brian Pickard, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 180, Fr-HS, Dublin, Ohio (Scioto) ... A two-time all-state selection by the Ohio sportswriters ... First-team All-Ohio as a senior and second team as a junior ... Started two years at wide receiver and one year at free safety for Scioto HS in Dublin, Ohio ... As a senior, caught 42 passes for 1048 yards and 14 touchdowns ... His average of 25 yards per catch was the highest in the central Ohio area ... First player in city history to surpass the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season ... Made 69 tackles on defense ... Intercepted six passes, including two returned for touchdowns, with a long return of 80 yards ... Caught 58 passes for 864 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... Holds every receiving record in school history ... His six interceptions also set a single-season school record ... Two-year choice on the all-district and all-conference teams ... Brian is a very competitive and intelligent player who understands the game, said Scioto Coach Karl Johnson. ... Anything you throw, hell catch ... Three-year starter on the lacrosse team, a sport that demands quickness and dexterity ... Helped his team win the state championship during his sophomore season ... Second-team all-state as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... His father, Bob Pickard, played wide receiver for the NFLs Detroit Lions ... Brian chose UK over West Virginia and Ohio State ... Last name is pronounced PICK-erd.
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Ben Scott, Defensive End, 6-3, 229, Fr-HS, Ft. Thomas, Ky. (Highlands) Two-year all-state defensive end for Highlands HS in Fort Thomas, Ky. ... First-team all-state as a senior by The Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal ... Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader Class of the Commonwealth list of the top 22 seniors in Kentucky ... Three-year starter, helping Highlands win three consecutive Class AAA state championships with a composite record of 43-2 ... Named to the all-conference team for each of the three seasons ... Made 80 tackles, including nine sacks, as a senior, despite missing four games with an ankle injury ... Had 112 tackles his junior year, including 16 sacks, with four fumbles caused ... First-team all-state by the AP after his junior year ... Garnered 62 tackles, including 11 sacks, with two fumbles caused during his sophomore campaign ... We labeled some of our practice tapes The Ben Scott Show because our offensive linemen couldnt block him, said Highlands Coach Dale Mueller ... Will be a three-year letterman in track ... Displays an excellent combination of strength and speed, competing in the shot put and 100-yard dash ... Will add the 110-meter high hurdles during his senior year ... Has handled 350 pounds in the bench press and 450 pounds in the squat lift ... Committed early to Kentucky and did not seriously consider other schools.
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Keith Shelton, Jr., Defensive Back, 6-3, 200, Fr-HS, Memphis, Tenn. (East) Rangy defensive back who was a two-year pick on The Associated Press all-state team Three-year starter on offense and defense for East HS in Memphis, Tenn. Helped East to a three-year mark of 37-5, including a Class AAAA state championship his junior year and a runner-up finish his senior year Nabbed 20 interceptions during his career Had seven interceptions and was his teams leading tackler his senior season Notched 10 pickoffs as a junior Three-year all-region pick and a three-time pick for the all-area Best of the Prep team Keith is a winner through-and-through, on and off the field, said East Coach Wayne Randall. He has an innate ability to know what happens before it does, and when he gets there, he strikes you like a billy goat. Two-year letterman on the basketball team and helped win a city championship Will be a three-year letterman in track, running in the 400- and 800-meter events Named to Whos Who Among American High School Students and to Top Teens of America His father, Keith Shelton, Sr., was a cornerback for Memphis State and an uncle, Michael Shelton, played linebacker for Austin Peay Keith chose UK over Arkansas, Middle Tennessee, and Mississippi.
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Jon Sumrall, Defensive Back, 6-2, 210, Fr-HS, Huntsville, Ala. (Grissom) ... First-team all-state choice by the Alabama sportswriters following his senior season ... Led Grissom HS of Huntsville, Ala., to a 12-2 record, advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs in Class 6A ... the states largest classification ... Three-year starter as a defensive back and outside linebacker ... Made 104 tackles as a senior, with four interceptions and nine fumbles caused ... Set a school record with 18 interceptions during his career ... Career totals also include 360 tackles and 19 fumbles caused ... Played tight end on offense ... As a senior, caught 19 passes for 372 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 19.6 yards per catch ... Three-year pick on the All-Huntsville team ... All-district as a junior and senior ... Honorable mention all-state as a junior ... Jon was a dominant leader for us, said Grissom Coach Ronny Massey. ... Kentucky is getting a great person and great football player. ... Also participated with his schools soccer and wrestling teams Extremely active in student affairs ... President of the Student Government Association and was president of his junior, sophomore, and freshman classes ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Red Cross Volunteer ... Member of the Junior League Teen Shelter Committee ... Jons father, George, played football at Southeast Louisiana ... Chose Kentucky over Air Force ... Last name is pronounced sum-RALL.
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Dustin Williams, Linebacker, 6-4, 250, Fr-HS, Channahan, Ill. (Minooka) ... Outstanding athlete with a remarkable combination of size and speed ... Three-year starter at middle linebacker for Minooka (Ill.) HS ... Made 301 tackles in his career, including 14 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, five fumbles caused, four fumble recoveries, three pass breakups, six quarterback hurries and one interception returned for a touchdown ... Played running back and tight end on offense ... As a senior, rushed 19 times for 100 yards and caught 11 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns ... First-team all-state as a junior and senior by the Illinois Coaches Association ... Was the states Defensive Most Valuable Player in a fan poll on the internet ... Was the defensive MVP of his conference as a senior ... Two-year pick on the all-conference team ... First-team all-area as a senior, second team as a junior ... Third-team All-Midwest by Great Lakes Recruiting and also named to the Illinois Super 22 by the same group ... One of the top 125 prospects in the six-state Midwest area by SuperPrep ... Dustin is a big man who can run, a hard-nosed player with a great sense of the ball and a great tackler, said Minooka Coach Mike Briscoe ... Will be a three-year letterman on the track team ... Competes in the shot put, discus throw, and the 200-meter run ... Honor roll student ... A cousin, Wayne Rivers, played in the National Hockey League for the New York Rangers ... His finalists included Georgia Tech, Purdue, Iowa, and Illinois.
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Mike Williams, Defensive Back, 5-11, 185, Fr-HS, Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby) ... Defensive back prospect with remarkable athletic ability Three-year letterman and two-year starter for Godby HS in Tallahassee, Fla. Helped lead Godby to Class AAAA state playoff appearances following his junior and senior seasons Won the district championship as a senior Played linebacker, strong safety, and special teams First-team all-district as a senior, a selection which included all six Florida classifications Honorable mention All-Big Bend area Senior year statistics featured 99 tackles, 4.5 quarterback sacks, three caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and five pass breakups Also won the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Player of the Week Award "Mike is an exceptional athlete who can run, jump, and hit," said Godby Coach Shelton Crews. "Kentucky is getting a hidden gem, a diamond in the rough." Four-year letterman in track Has excellent accomplishments in the jump events Went to the state meet in the triple jump as a senior (third place) and as a sophomore (eighth place) Best triple jump is 47 feet, one inch Qualified for the state his senior year in the long jump and has a best leap of 22 feet, seven inches Also competed in the high jump, with a personal best of six feet, four inches.
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Warren Wilson, Defensive Back, 5-11, 170, Fr-HS, Texas City, Tex. (Texas City) Speedy defensive back who had nine interceptions and 14 pass breakups during his career at Texas City (Tex.) HS ... Three-year letterman who started two years at cornerback ... Named All-Gulf Coast as a senior, which includes the Houston area ... Also honorable mention all-state ... Senior year stats include 35 tackles, five interceptions, eight pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries as his team advanced to the state playoffs ... Totaled 27 tackles, four interceptions, six PBU, and three fumble recoveries during his junior season, when Texas City won the Class AAAA state championship with a spotless 15-0 record ... Was a two-year all-district selection ... Was a reserve wide receiver on offense and also returned some punts and kickoffs ... Selected to the Houston Chronicle list of the top-100 prospects in Texas ... One of the states top-30 DBs as chosen in Dave Campbells Texas Football ... Warren has great speed, natural ability, and work ethic, said Texas City Coach Rusty Dowling ... Will be a four-year letterman on the track team ... Has a best time of 14.2 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles ... Also runs the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays ... Honor roll student ... Named to Whos Who Among American High School Athletes ... His finalists also included Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and North Texas.
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Covington Woodley, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 323, Fr-HS, Lake City, Fla. (Ft. White HS) ... Big offensive lineman was named to the Florida Class AA all-state team following his senior season at Ft. White (Fla.) HS ... A new school, Ft. White went 7-4 in its first season of competition and Woodley becomes the first Division I-A signee in school history ... Played defense in short yardage and goal line situations ... Also blocked several field goal and extra point attempts ... All-area as a senior, was team captain, and received the team’s Best Offensive Lineman Award ... Was a preseason All-Southeast Region pick by PrepStar magazine ... Coached by Michael Hunter ... Played at Union County HS in Lake Butler, Fla., during his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons ... Started at offensive tackle as a junior and was named to the all-area team ... Union County went to the state playoffs all three seasons he was with the team ... Coached at Union County by Robbie Pruitt ... Was a pitcher-first baseman for the baseball team during his freshman and sophomore seasons ... President of the student body during his senior year ... Member of the Peer Mediation and Leadership Club, Beta Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Also elected his school’s "Homecoming King" ... Cousin of David Woodley, who played quarterback for LSU and the Miami Dolphins, and Dell Williams, who played in the offensive line with Florida State and the New Orleans Saints.
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2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium