A look at Kentucky’s top signee from each of past 10 years

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Over the past decade, Kentucky hasn’t exactly cornered the market on four-star prospects—though this year’s signing class already has five of them. Here’s a look at the top-rated recruit the Wildcats have pulled in each year since 2004—and how they turned out.

Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.

Editor’s note: All references to ratings are to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.

Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.

YEAR NO. 1 RECRUIT POS NAT.RANK HOW’D THEY TURN OUT? SDS GRADE
2013 Jason Hatcher DE 180 Had 20 tackles and 2 sacks and some minor off-the-field issues Inc.
2012 Patrick Towles QB 352 Played some as true freshman, redshirted 2013 after named third string B
2011 Glenn Faulkner DB 204 Played in four games and registered 7 tackles this year; hasn’t played much C
2010 Alex Smith TE 320 Never really saw the field at Ky.; transferred to Georgia State in 2011 C
2009 Morgan Newton QB 129 Played in 30 games over four seasons for the Wildcats, mostly as backup C
2008 Aaron Boyd WR 198 Never really saw the field much until he was a fifth-year senior C
2007 D.J. Stafford DL 164 Signed with Wildcats but never qualified academically F
2006 Micah Johnson LB 13 A three-time All-SEC honoree; undrafted NFL free agent A+
2005 Curtis Pulley QB n/a Only played two years at Kentucky before being dismissed from team D
2004 Micah Jones OL n/a Was forced to step away from football because of serious injuries Inc.

 

NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.

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