Marvin Alexander Jr., Wide Receiver, 6-2, 175, Fr-HS, Miami Gardens, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna) – One of the nation's top-100 wide receivers by Rivals.com and a national top-125 wideout by 247sports … Helped lead Chaminade-Madonna Prep to the Florida Class AAA state championship, winning its last 10 games en route to an 11-2 record … As a senior, caught 37 passes for 585 yards and eight touchdowns … Coached by Dameon Jones … Chose Kentucky over Wisconsin, Syracuse, Central Florida and others … Teammates with fellow signees Davoan Hawkins and Akeem Hayes … Will rejoin former high school teammates Josh Ali and Chris Whittaker at UK.
Brenden Bates, Tight End, 6-5, 240, Fr-HS, Cincinnati, Ohio (Archbishop Moeller) – One of the nation's top-20 tight ends by Rivals … Noted for his receiving ability, a difficult skill to find among tight ends in the high school ranks … Caught 22 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns as a senior at Archbishop Moeller in Cincinnati … Accepted an invitation to the Team USA 2018 International Bowl … Coached by John Rodenberg … Received offers from the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference, including schools such as Vanderbilt, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia, Louisville and Pittsburgh … Brother of current University of Cincinnati tight end Doug Bates.
Jamari Brown, Defensive Back, 6-2, 180, Fr-HS, Sunrise, Fla. (Blanche Ely) – Tall cornerback received offers from every Power 5 conference in the nation … One of the nation's top-100 cornerbacks according to the 247 Sports composite ranking … Missed time with injuries during his senior season but still had an interception, eight pass breakups, a fumble recovery and returned a kickoff for a touchdown … Also saw playing time as a wide receiver … Coached by Calvin Davis … His numerous offers included, among others, Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Illinois, Oregon, Louisville, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh.
Max Duffy, Punter, 6-1, 200, So-TR, Perth, Australia (Curtin/Kent Street) – Australian punter who is rated as the No. 1 punting prospect in the class of 2018 by Ray Guy's ProKicker.com … Averages 48 yards per punt with an average hangtime of 4.42 seconds, according to ProKicker … Grew up playing basketball and soccer, he switched to Australian football at age 15 … Played for Fremantle in the Australian Football League … Has been working with Prokick Australia under the guidance of coaches Nathan Chapman and John Smith … Currently 24 years old, will be age 25 when the 2018 season begins … Will be the second year in a row that an Aussie punter will be on the Wildcat roster, following in the footsteps of current Cat Matt Panton … Will have three years of eligibility.
Stanley Garner, Defensive Back, 6-2, 180, Fr-HS, Parkway, Fla. (Dillard) – Four-star recruit by Rivals.com, which evaluates him as the No. 35 cornerback in the nation … Plans to enroll at Kentucky in January … All-Broward County selection … Was invited to play in the prestigious Broward County vs. Dade County All-Star Game, but will be unable to participate because of his enrollment at UK … Was a standout two-way player, as he also played wide receiver on offense … Coached by Rick Hemingway at Dillard High School … Helped lead Dillard to the district championship … Will rejoin former Dillard teammate Jordan Wright at Kentucky … Teammates with fellow signee Bryce Oliver … Entertained dozens of Division I offers, from every Power 5 conference, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan and many others.
Davoan Hawkins, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 275, Fr-HS, Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna) -
Another recruit from the pipeline of Chaminade-Madonna to Kentucky … Coached by Dameon Jones … Will rejoin former high school teammates Josh Ali and Chris Whittaker at UK … Played both offense and defense … Team won the 3A state championship … Played offensive guard … On defense registered 50 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks … Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN … Projects as a defensive lineman at the collegiate level … Chose Kentucky over Miami, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Illinois, Iowa State, North Carolina and Wisconsin … Teammates with fellow signees Marvin Alexander Jr. and Akeem Hayes … Name is pronounced "Davoan (day-VEE-on) Hawkins."
Akeem Hayes, Wide Receiver, 5-10, 170, Fr-HS, Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna) -
Darian Kinnard, Offensive Lineman, 6-7, 330, Fr-HS, Cleveland, Ohio (St. Ignatius) -
Marquan McCall, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 350, Fr-HS, Detroit, Mich. (Oak Park) -