One of the most popular themes of Kentucky football’s 2013 Spring practice has been the lack of depth and playmakers at the wide receiver position. The Wildcats current rotation includes only six scholarship players and only four who have caught passes in a game. Four signees will arrive in the Summer and most, if not all of them, figure to see the field this fall. Even then UK will be light at receiver for the offense that Neal Brown plans to implement.
Way back on National Signing Day, Coach Brown hinted that Kentucky wasn’t necessarily done with the 2013 class. He proved to be prophetic as the Cats added JUCO defensive lineman Melvin Lewis late. But lately there have been rumbling that the coaches want to add another wide receiver, with two spots left in this signing class. In truth, it would have to be a player(s) that the coaches thought could contribute as Kentucky is already a bit oversigned and will need some attrition over the off-season to get their scholarship numbers down to the 85 required by the NCAA.
Since they are looking for an early-impact player, that points to JUCO players. Multiple media outlets have reported that their top target is Jared Dangerfield of Fort Scott CC in Kansas. Dangerfield is rated as a 3* player on the major services and was recruited by Brown at Texas Tech. He holds several offers, most notably from Iowa State and Baylor. At 6’3”, he would provide the kind of big body that the Cats are lacking this year. Here is a look at Dangerfield.
After following the coaches recruiting prowess closely, I’m sure that Dangerfield isn’t the only player that they have an eye on. Here is a list of other JUCO WRs that didn’t sign with anyone in February but are talented enough to be rated by Rivals.
Jatavious Stewart 4*
Shawn Conway 3*
Luckner Brady 3*
De’Shawn Beck 3*
Kris Comas 3*
Otis Seals 3*
ShaVarez Smith 2*
Ted Meline 2*