KFCNU has announced its 2018 recruiting class, which features five first-team All-Americans, five first team All-American-caliber recruits and three first-round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 2018 class has a combined total of 18 players, including six first-teamer (three starters, two backups) and two second-team (three first-day and one second-day starters).
Four of the players in this class were on the 2017 recruiting class and four were on last year’s recruiting class.
Kentucky signed nine players from last year.
Four of them are on this year’s class: guard Sammyz Johnson (No. 7), linebacker Chris Davis (No: 22), defensive end Michael Robinson (No 20), defensive tackle Tyree Hill (No 24) and safety Cody Wray (No 26).
Junior running back Josh Reynolds (No 17), sophomore tight end Jordan Smith (No 21), sophomore wide receiver Michael Roberts (No 23) and sophomore linebacker Travis Jones (No 29) are the only newcomers on the 2018 recruiting list.
Kentucky is the only program with a class with four first-year starters and two first-rounder-caliber players.
Three of the six players from this year, as well as two of the four first year starters, were on this years recruiting class: defensive end Jordan Wigler (No 30), offensive tackle Jake Davis (12), offensive lineman Taylor McTighe (No 33).
The only second-year starter on the list is running back Jarrad Davis (19).
The top five returning players from the 2017 class are linebackers Tyree Johnson (17), defensive tackles Chris Davis, Jordan Wigsley, Sammyus Johnson and Nick Martin (19), cornerback Josh Reynolds and cornerback Taylor McLeod (21).
Defensive tackle Jordan Wrigler, who has already played in the NFL, has a total of 25 career tackles.
The 6-foot-2, 255-pounder has started all but one game of his career.
The top-ranked running back from this class is sophomore tight ends Jordan Wiggler and Alex Bell.
The 5-foot, 11-inch, 215-pound running back is one of the most explosive athletes in the nation and led the SEC in yards per carry (4.9) and total touchdowns (16) in his first season at Kentucky.