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It’s a long, long ways until National Signing Day 2016 for the Kentucky Wildcats, but the buzz is that they are closing in on locking up their QB for that class. After Austin Kendall de-committed from the Tennessee Volunteers, there is a ton of UK buzz for Kendall. Rival’s Mike Farrell is predicting that Kendall will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

"It seems Kendall is now looking toward Lexington. ranks the North Carolina native as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 27 overall prospect in the class of 2016. UK has never signed a player rated that high by Rivals, which started publishing rankings in 2002. As of now, Farrell is predicting that Kendall will be a Wildcat. “Kentucky has really recruited him hard,” he told the Herald-Leader. “It’s close to home, they’re giving him an opportunity to compete right away. … I think it’s a situation he feels more comfortable with. So we’ll see how it shakes out, but right now they definitely are the leader.” Kentucky did not sign a quarterback in the incoming class, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Cats take two QBs in 2016. There are only three quarterbacks on scholarship: Patrick Towles, Drew Barker and Reese Phillips, who will miss the entire spring after recently suffering an Achilles injury. Kendall — a 6-foot-3 prospect — was No. 1 on UK’s wish list even while he was committed to Tennessee. He projects as the type of talent who could come in right away and be expected to compete for the starting job."

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After yesterday’s Pro Day for Kentucky Wildcats Football, the speculation is loud about where Bud Dupree will end up. There seems to be no doubt that Bud will be a first round pick, and several teams are salivating for a chance to draft him.

"Count the San Diego Chargers, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers among the NFL teams that have shown draft interest in Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree, who went through the Wildcats’ pro-day event on Thursday. Dupree named those teams and has met with others, as well, but could not recall the full list, according to Jen Smith of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. According to another account of Dupree’s interview rounds the Atlanta Falcons, who are in dire need of a pass rusher, are one of the others. The 49ers (No. 15), Chargers (No. 17) and Bengals (No. 21) select within six picks of each other in the first round, by which time several elite pass rushers other than Dupree are already expected to be gone. The Falcons pick at No. 8, at which point Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff should have a much better opportunity for a pass rusher such Missouri’s Shane Ray or Clemson’s Vic Beasley."

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