Kentucky Football Recruiting: Class of 2023 Biographies, Rankings

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Bookmark this page to follow Kentucky Football’s 2023 recruiting class as commitments roll in. Players are listed in order of commit date, with the most recent commit first.

DB Jaremiah Anglin

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3 stars

High school: Lake Wales (Lake Wales, Florida)

Commitment date: August 6, 2022

Anglin pointed to scholarship offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee, Florida State and others when he committed to Kentucky in August. ESPN is the highest recruiting service on Anglin, rating him as a four-star prospect. If he sticks to his commitment through signing day, Anglin would be the first Florida high school product to sign with Kentucky since the class of 2020.

OLB Grant Godfrey

247Sports Composite Ranking: 4 stars

High school: North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Georgia)

Commitment date: August 1, 2022

Tennessee, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri and Louisville were among other schools that reportedly offered Godfrey a scholarship when the consensus four-star prospect picked the Wildcats. He is the son of Randall Godfrey, who played at the University of Georgia before being selected in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Randall played in the NFL from 1996 to 2007 with Dallas, Tennessee, Seattle, San Diego and Washington.

DB Naasir Addison

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3 stars

High school: Irvington (Irvington, New Jersey)

Commitment date: July 23, 2022

The first New Jersey high school product to commit to Kentucky since future National Defensive Player of the Year Josh Allen in the Class of 2015, Addison was initially listed as a wide receiver by Recruiting Services, but has was recruited from Kentucky to play defensive back. He first committed to Maryland before opting out and choosing the UK due to reported interest from Michigan State, Ole Miss and Florida State.

WR Anthony Brown

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Springfield (Springfield, Ohio)

Commitment date: July 16, 2022

A four-star perspective according to Rivals and ESPN, Brown chose Kentucky over finalists Cincinnati, Michigan, Penn State and Oklahoma. As a junior, Brown caught 40 passes for 829 yards and nine touchdowns. He is the nephew of Grammy Award winner John Legend, who tweeted his congratulations shortly after Brown’s commitment to Kentucky.

WR Jacob Dixon

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Kentucky)

Commitment date: July 10, 2022

Kentucky continued its recent momentum by recruiting the city of Louisville with a commitment from Dixon, who picked the Wildcats from reported scholarship offers from Dartmouth, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, the State of Murray and the State of Tennessee. Dixon appeared on the UK recruitment radar later than many class engagements, only winning a scholarship offer after a exceptional camp on campus in Kentucky in June. UK signed him as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end.

OL Koby Keenum

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Mars Hill Bible School (Florence, Alabama)

Commitment date: July 9, 2022

Keenum visited rivals Kentucky and Louisville on the same Bluegrass State trip in June, then picked the Wildcats over the Cardinals. He also reported offers from Arkansas, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Michigan, among others. Recruiting Services rates the 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman as a tackle, but he is drafted as a center. In October, Keenum was still considering taking a official visit to the state of Mississippi.

DB Avery Stuart

247Sports Composite Ranking: 4

High school: Alabama Christian Academy (Montgomery, Alabama)

Commitment date: July 6, 2022

Kentucky’s highest-rated commitment according to the 247Sport Composite, Stuart gave the UK a much-needed boost in the cycle by committing just days after the Wildcats lost state hope Cristian Conyer to Tennessee. Stuart plays both football and basketball for Alabama Christian. It is ranked No. 16 in safety in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

RB Khalifa Keith

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Birmingham, Alabama

Commitment date: July 4, 2022

As a junior, Keith rushed for 1,877 yards and 27 touchdowns to earn second-team all-state honors at Alabama. He fits the mold of the type of physical running back Kentucky has used with great success, but seems to be considering other options after taking several visits to Tennessee this autumn. South Carolina too offered a scholarship in October.

OL Austin Ramsey

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Roman Catholic (Philadelphia)

Commitment date: June 13, 2022

Kentucky’s recent recruiting breakthroughs in the Mid-Atlantic continued with a commitment from Ramsey, who picked the Wildcats over reported offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Miami, Illinois, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Nebraska , Maryland, West Virginia and others. Recruiting Services rates the 6-foot-4, 360-pound lineman as a tackle, but Ramsey told the Philadelphia Inquirer The UK plans to move him to custody.

BY Tommy Ziesmer

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Boyle County (Danville, Kentucky)

Commitment date: May 14, 2022

For the second straight year, Kentucky has a commitment from Boyle County, the same high school that produced program legend Jacob Tamme. Ziesmer is in line to join former Boyle County teammate Jackson Smith, a United Kingdom Class of 2022 kicker, in Lexington. The top rusher has already won two Boyle County state championships. The Rebels are also one of the main contenders for the 4A title this season.

TE Tanner Lemaster

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Washington (Washington Courthouse, Ohio)

Commitment date: April 15, 2022

Recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow has returned to his Buckeye State roots to land tight ends from Ohio for the past two years. Lemaster hopes to follow in the footsteps of current freshman Josh Kattus in making an immediate impact for the Wildcats this fall. Lemaster chose Kentucky over bids reported from Tennessee, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas and others.

Wood OL Malachi

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Madison Central offensive tackle Malachi Wood is rated a three-star by major recruiting services. Brian Sims [email protected]

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Madison Central (Richmond, Kentucky)

Commitment date: March 5, 2022

Marrow discovered Wood by watching him play basketball against Marrow’s nephew. The 6-foot-9 tackle was a reserve for the Madison Central basketball team, but was creating a buzz as a football prospect. Wood might be one of the greatest players to ever adapt to Kentucky football, but he’ll likely need several years of development in the weight room to add needed muscle to his massive frame. West Virginia, Purdue, Louisville, Maryland and Kansas were among other schools that reportedly offered scholarships.

WR Shamar Porter

247Sports Composite Ranking: 4

High school: Ensworth (Nashville, TN)

Commitment date: January 28, 2022

A year after signing Midseason Freshman All-American Barion Brown as a speedy wide receiver from Nashville, Kentucky hopes to strike gold again with Porter. Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Penn State were among the schools that reportedly offered scholarships with Porter engaged in Kentucky. Although they didn’t attend the same high schools, Porter’s freshman twin brothers Brown and Kentucky Destin and Keaten Wade once played on the same team in 7-on-7 tournaments.

RB Kaden Moorman

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Franklin County running back Kaden Moorman (10) was the second player to commit to Kentucky’s Class of 2023. Michel Clubb

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Franklin County

Commitment date: October 8, 2021

Adding to the running backs room is a priority for Kentucky in the 2023 class with three seniors on the current roster, including star Chris Rodriguez. Head coach Mark Stoops and company made rapid progress in meeting that need thanks to the commitment of Moorman, who rushed for 1,447 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior. Wisconsin and Toledo also reportedly offered scholarships before his early commitment to Kentucky.

ATH Ty Bryant

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Ty Bryant (13) plays both sides of the ball for Frederick Douglass but is drafted as a defensive back by Kentucky. Silas Walker [email protected]

247Sports Composite Ranking: 3

High school: Frederick Douglass (Lexington, Kentucky)

Commitment date: August 19, 2021

The Wildcats’ first commitment to the class won’t have to travel far for college. Bryant joins the Frederick Douglass High School pipeline which also sent Dekel Crowdus, Dane Key and Jager Burton across town to the UK. The son of former UK wide receiver Cisco Bryant, Ty used the extra year of high school given to all students due to the COVID-19 pandemic to reclassify from 2022 to 2023. Bryant plays both sides of the ball for Frederick Douglass but was drafted as a defensive back by Kentucky.

Jon Hale is the University of Kentucky football beat writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He joined the Herald-Leader in 2022 but has been covering British athletics for over 10 years. Hale was named Kentucky’s 2021 Sportswriter of the Year.

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