Kentucky has added two more commitments to the 2013 class…sort of. 247Sports’ checked in with David Washington and Bubba Tandy, who both originally signed with UK in the 2011 class, and learned that both intend on enrolling at UK this winter. This is really big for the program as Washington will be able to come in and contribute immediately at defensive tackle, and Tandy could help fill a number of need positions. Here’s a little refresher fear both of these junior college players.
When he originally signed with UK as a high school senior, Washington was regarded as one of the top players in his class. He turned down offers from other SEC schools, but most fans expected to lose him to Georgia or someone else by signing day. He stayed true to Kentucky, but failed to qualify academically as a freshman and was forced to enroll in a junior college. Now Washington is expected to enroll at UK in January and provide an immediate contributor on the defensive line. He is big enough to play in the interior of the line at tackle or nose, but is also athletic enough to slide out to defensive end in three-man fronts. In my opinion, Washington is the biggest addition to the 2013 class yet.
Tabdy’s recruitment was completely different from Washington’s. While Washington was a highly regarded recruit, Tandy was a known academic risk right in UK’s backyard that the Cats were able to wait on (as he was a sign-and-place guy all along). Tandy will arrive this winter as an athlete that can help the Wildcats at receiver, cornerback, or safety, which are all “need” positions for this class. Maybe more importantly, Tandy is also a big-time return man that could challenge for playing time right away on special teams. The most likely home for Tandy has to be receiver, where he can add some immediate depth to a roster that loses several seniors to graduation this year.