Defensive End Denzel Ware Signs with Kentucky Wildcats

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Name: Denzel Ware

Position: Defensive End

Height/Weight: 6-1, 241 lbs.

Hometown: Crestview, Fla.

Rivals: 3*

Scout: 4*

ESPN: 4*

24/7: 4*

Coming off of one of the greatest recruiting classes in Kentucky Football history last year, Mark Stoops raised the bar in 2014 and is landing elite recruits capable of making an instant-impact in their first seasons on campus.

On National Signing Day, he may have gotten the biggest signings since coming to UK in the form of defensive end Denzel Ware from Crestview, Fla.

Ware initially committed to Florida State, but decided to reopen his recruitment recently when the mass defection of FSU coaches took place, and eventually committed to UK.

But after receiving significant interest from Florida, he reopened his commitment, but eventually the Cars were able to get him to recommit.

Regarded as a pass-rushing specialist, Ware has the opportunity to come in and become a force off the edge whenever Bud Dupree or Za’Darius Smith need a break.

Those two are also seniors, meaning Ware could quickly rise into a prominent role in 2015. He also had offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Texas, USC and several other high-major programs.

Here is a brief except of his ESPN scouting report:

With his ability to get off the ball he can be a handful as a pass rusher, but needs to further develop. Can explode off the ball low and run through a soft shoulder with power.

Flashes violent usage of his hands, but needs to be more consistently active with them and needs to be sure to have plan.

Will come across the line and quickly flatten. While he needs to improve pursuit angles, he has good speed and can be a factor in pursuit.


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