2008 KENTUCKY FOOTBALL SIGNEES
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown (High School/Prep School/Junior College)
Eric Adeyemi WR 6-0 165 Fr-HS Miami, Fla. (Southridge)
Aaron Boyd WR 6-3 210 Fr-HS Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay)
Chandler Burden OL 6-5 280 Fr-HS Oxford, Ohio (LaSalle)
Randall Cobb QB/ATH 5-11 180 Fr-HS Alcoa, Tenn. (Alcoa)
E. J. Fields WR/DB 6-2 190 Fr-HS Frankfort, Ky. (Frankfort)
Winston Guy DB 6-1 190 Fr-HS Lexington, Ky. (Catholic)
Osaze Idumwonyi OL/DL 6-1 275 Fr-HS Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill)
William Johnson LB 6-3 195 Fr-HS Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn)
DeAunte Mason QB/ATH 6-3 215 Fr-HS Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn)
Gene McCaskill WR 6-0 175 Fr-HS Chester, S. C. (Chester)
Cartier Rice DB 5-10 180 Fr-HS Duncan, S. C. (Byrnes)
Matt Roark QB/ATH 6-6 190 Fr-HS Acworth, Ga. (North Cobb)
Donte Rumph DL 6-3 260 Fr-HS St. Matthews, S. C. (Calhoun County)
Matt Smith DL/OL 6-4 270 Fr-HS Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier)
Sean Stackhouse TE 6-4 250 Fr-HS Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin)
Danny Trevathan LB 6-1 210 Fr-HS Leesburg, Fla. (Leesburg)
Collins Ukwu DE 6-4 210 Fr-HS La Vergne, Tenn. (La Vergne)
Dave Ulinski OL 6-4 280 Fr-HS Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual)
Trevino Woods OL 6-5 280 Fr-HS Athens, Ga. (Clarke Central)
Taylor Wyndham LB/DL 6-4 210 Fr-HS Swansea, S. C. (Swansea)
Note: Class is eligibility for the 2008 season
Eric Adeyemi ad-uh-YEM-ee
Osaze Idumwonyi o-SAH-zay id-oo-WAH-ee
DeAunte Mason dee-AUN-tay
Cartier Rice car-TEE-ay
Matt Roark RORK
Donte Rumph RUMF
Danny Trevathan trev-A-than
Collins Ukwu OOK-woo
Dave Ulinski u-LIN-skee
Eric Adeyemi, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 165, Fr-HS, Miami, Fla. (Southridge) – Swift wide receiver … Has been timed below 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash … As a senior, caught 31 passes for 455 yards and four touchdowns for Southridge HS in Miami, Fla. … Rushed 24 times for 246 yards, a 10.3-yard average, and five TDs … Also returned kickoffs and punts, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown … Two-way player as a senior and had two interceptions on defense … Named to the All-Dade County team, a talent-rich area … According to a story in the Miami Herald, Eric was the only player this season who caught a pass against highly regarded Miami defensive back prospect Brandon Harris … Credited with 16 receptions for 353 yards, an impressive 22.1-yard average, and four TDs as a junior … Rushed for 206 yards on 28 carries with three TDs … Coached by Rodney Hunter … Also a track standout … Second in the state in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior … Fourth in the state in the 110-meter hurdles as a junior … Name is pronounced “ad-uh-YEM-ee.”
Aaron Boyd, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 210, Fr-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay) – Highly regarded wide receiver … The No. 1 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com and Scout.com … One of the nation’s top-40 wide receivers by both services, and rated the No. 18 player in the Midwest by Scout.com … Caught 55 passes as a senior, good for 1,157 yards and 15 touchdowns … First-team all-state by The Associated Press … Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” and “Kentucky Tremendous 26” listing of the top seniors in the state … Named to the all-city team as a junior, snagging 39 balls for 730 yards and five touchdowns … Also saw action as a defensive back … Helped lead Henry Clay HS to a 35-6 record over the last three seasons, including trips to the state semifinals as a sophomore and junior … Coached by Sam Simpson … Also a member of the basketball squad and played for the Henry Clay team that advanced to the Kentucky Sweet 16 state tournament as a freshman … Brother of former Wildcat quarterback Shane Boyd (UK 2001-04), who is now with the NFL’s Houston Texans.
Chandler Burden, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 280, Fr-HS, Oxford, Ohio (LaSalle) – Athletic lineman who played both offense and defense at LaSalle HS in Cincinnati, Ohio … Projects as an offensive lineman in the collegiate ranks … Played nose tackle and end while on defense … Two-year member of the highly competitive Greater Catholic League in the Cincinnati area … Honorable-mention All-Southwest Ohio as a senior … Has been timed below 5.0 in the 40-yard dash, an excellent clocking for a lineman … Named to an “All-Combine Team” in Cincinnati, an event which featured players from multiple states … Coached by Tom Grippa … Throws the shot and the discus for the track and field team … Advanced to the state meet and finished in the top 10 in both events as a junior … Has several relatives who live in the Lexington area and already were Kentucky fans.
Randall Cobb, Quarterback/Athlete, 5-11, 180, Fr-HS,
Alcoa, Tenn. (Alcoa) – Named “Mr.
Football” for Class AA in Tennessee … Dual-threat quarterback
from perennial power Alcoa HS … Alcoa has won four-consecutive state
championships, the last two with Cobb at the offensive controls as the starting
QB … Team posted a 27-3 mark during his two campaigns as a starter … As
a senior, completed 89 of 139 passes (64.0 percent) for 1,765 yards, 22 touchdowns,
and only two interceptions … Rushed for 793 yards, a 9.0-yard average
per carry, and 13 touchdowns … During his junior season, threw for 1,893
yards, 25 TDs, and just four interceptions … All-state as a junior and
senior … Coached by Gary Rankin … At Kentucky, will be reunited
with current Wildcat wide receiver Kyrus Lanxter … One of the top-11
prospects in Tennessee by the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel … One of the top-20
prospects in Tennessee, according to Rivals.com … Projected as a defensive
back by Scout.com, he is listed as one of the nation’s top-100 DBs by
that service … Also a member of the track team.
E. J. Fields, Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 6-2, 190, Fr-HS, Frankfort, Ky. (Frankfort) – Highly regarded athlete … Played quarterback and cornerback at Frankfort (Ky.) HS and has been projected as a wide receiver or DB on the collegiate level … Led team to an 11-3 record and a spot in the state semifinals his senior season … Had eight interceptions as a senior, adding eight pass breakups, 59 tackles, and five tackles for loss … At quarterback, he ran for 1,023 yards and 19 touchdowns … Also passed for 373 yards and five scores … First-team all-state by the Louisville Courier-Journal … Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” and the “Kentucky Tremendous 26” listings of the top seniors in the state … Ran for 1,147 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, earning all-county and all-district honors … Career totals feature 2,677 rushing yards and 39 TDs … On defense, he totaled nine interceptions and 190 tackles … Coached by Craig Foley … Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash … The No. 4 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com, which also lists him as the nation’s No. 63 all-purpose athlete … The nation’s No. 45 safety according to Scout.com … Also has participated in basketball and track … Won the state championship in the 400-meter dash as a junior and also competes in the 100 and 200 meters … Best times include 10.7 seconds in the 100, 22.2 in the 200, and 48.7 in the 400 … Considering running track while at Kentucky.
Winston Guy, Defensive Back, 6-1, 190, Fr-HS, Lexington, Ky. (Catholic) – First-team all-state defensive back as chosen by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal … Named to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top-22 seniors in the state … Helped lead Lexington Catholic HS to a 13-2 record and Class AAAA state championship as a senior … Earned a reputation as a great cover corner and his athletic ability enabled him to be a devastating blitzer … Senior defensive statistics featured 75 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 quarterback sacks, 10 QB hurries, two caused fumbles, and two blocked kicks … Offensive stats included 24 carries for 267 yards and six touchdowns, along with 16 pass receptions for 215 yards and two TDs … Also had two kick returns for touchdowns … Set a school career record with 19.5 sacks … Team also won the state title in Class AAA his sophomore season … Has turned in a 4.35 clocking in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Bill Letton … Projected as a safety by Scout.com and listed as the No. 12 safety in the nation … The No. 3 prospect in Kentucky and one of the top-30 safeties in the country as selected by Rivals.com.
Osaze Idumwonyi, Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman, 6-1, 275, Fr-HS, Cedar Hill, Tex. (Cedar Hill) – Athletic lineman who excelled on both sides of the ball at Cedar Hill (Tex.) HS … Could end up on offense or defense at UK … Started in the offensive line his junior year when his team went 16-0 and won the Class AAAAA state championship … Chosen for the all-district team as a senior … Noted for his quickness and explosion at the snap … Has run the 40-yard dash under 5.0 seconds, according to Cedar Hill Coach Joey McGuire, an outstanding time for a lineman … Originally played tight end but became a lineman as he matured … Top lifts include 650 pounds in the squat and 330 in the bench press … Listed as the No. 12 center in the nation by Rivals.com and the No. 62 player in the talent-rich state of Texas … Scout.com tabs him among the nation’s top-125 offensive guards … Name is pronounced “o-SAH-zay id-oo-WAH-ee.”
William Johnson, Linebacker, 6-3, 195, Fr-HS, Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn) – Versatile athlete who performed at multiple positions at Pearl-Cohn HS in Nashville, Tenn. … At various times he played free safety and linebacker on defense and played wide receiver and tailback on offense … Also excelled at returning punts and kickoffs … Has a frame that will enable him to continue to gain size and strength while in college … His speed enabled him to be an effective blitzer, as he had 12 quarterback sacks as a senior, along with 80 tackles and a pair of interceptions … On offense he had 37 catches for 689 yards and 12 touchdowns … Rushed 21 times for 350 yards and four TDs … Averaged a phenomenal 35 yards per punt return … Helped Pearl-Cohn advance to the Class AAA state semifinals as a junior and senior … All-city, all-region, and second-team all-state as a senior … Has been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Tony Brunetti … Teammate of fellow UK signee DeAunte Mason … His athletic versatility also shows in other sports … Plays basketball and baseball in addition to football … Plays catcher and center field in baseball, another unique combination.
DeAunte Mason, Quarterback/Athlete, 6-3, 215, Fr-HS, Nashville, Tenn. (Pearl-Cohn) – Named “Mr. Football” for Class AAA in Tennessee … Dual-threat quarterback with good size … Began starting at quarterback midway through his freshman season at Pearl-Cohn HS in Nashville, Tenn. … Helped Pearl-Cohn advance to the Class AAA state semifinals as a junior and senior … Threw for 2,375 yards as a senior, also rushing for 1,052 yards, and accounted for 35 total touchdowns … Also the team’s punter and placekicker … Passed for almost 2,000 yards an 19 touchdowns as a junior, to go along with 906 rushing yards and 15 TDs … All-state as a junior and senior … Regional Most Valuable Player and also Nashville Metro MVP as a senior … Coached by Tony Brunetti … One of the top-11 prospects in Tennessee by the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel … One of the top-20 prospects in the state by Rivals.com … Among the nation’s top 100 QBs by Scout.com … Teammate of fellow UK signee William Johnson … Plays basketball and runs track … Member of the 4x200-meter relay team that won the state championship his junior year … President of his school’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Currently a finalist for the Admiral Lawrence Scholarship Award given by the Nashville chapter of the National Football Foundation … Name is pronounced “dee-AUN-tay.”
Gene McCaskill, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 175, Fr-HS, Chester, S. C. (Chester) – Named first-team all-state as an all-purpose athlete by the Columbia State newspaper and the High School Sports Report … Talented playmaker performed at quarterback and wide receiver in high school … Expected to get a first look at wide receiver in college … Helped lead Chester HS to the Class AAA state championship game as a senior … Accounted for more than 2,500 passing, rushing, and receiving yards, to go along with 30 touchdowns in those categories … Played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game … Has been clocked under 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash … One of the top-11 prospects in South Carolina by the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel … Coached by Vic Floyd … An all-region track and basketball player.
Cartier Rice, Defensive Back, 5-10, 180, Fr-HS, Duncan, S. C. (Byrnes) – First-team all-state selection as a senior by The Associated Press, the Columbia State newspaper and the High School Sports Report … Outstanding cover cornerback with noteworthy quickness … Helped lead Byrnes HS of Duncan, S. C., to three state championships of the largest classification during his four years on the varsity … Had three interceptions as a senior, and capped the campaign by playing in the South Carolina vs. North Carolina Shrine Bowl … Had an interception for the winning South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl … “Rice took on the challenge all week of covering a very talented group of receivers and came up aces,” wrote recruiting analyst Barton Simmons, who covered the Shrine Bowl game and practices for Rivals.com … Also had three interceptions as a junior, to go along with eight pass breakups … Coached by Chris Miller … Name is pronounced “car-TEE-ay.”
Matt Roark, Quarterback/Athlete, 6-6, 190, Fr-HS, Acworth, Ga. (North Cobb) – Combines excellent height and good speed … Originally a free safety, he moved to quarterback early in his junior year when the team’s starting QB was hurt; blossomed at the new position as he developed into a top-notch quarterback … Honorable-mention all-state as a senior by the Georgia Sportswriters Association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution …Two-time Cobb County Player of the Year … In 18 career starts he totaled 54 rushing and passing touchdowns … As a senior, he completed 98 of 136 passes (72.1 percent) for 1,552 yards and 15 touchdowns … Rushed for 1,010 yards and 12 TDs, averaging 7.3 yards per carry … Rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior, scoring 18 touchdowns … Also had five interceptions … Led North Cobb HS to state playoff berths as a junior and senior … Coached by Shane Queen … Also plays basketball … Has Kentucky connections, as he was born in Lexington and still has relatives living in Hazard … Name is pronounced “RORK” … His father, Ray Gover, was a UK football letterman from 1985-88 as a defensive back and wide receiver.
Donte Rumph, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 260, Fr-HS, St. Matthews, S. C. (Calhoun County) – Talented lineman with the size and strength to play tackle and also the quickness needed to play at end … As a senior, earned first-team all-state honors, covering all classifications, by The Associated Press and the Columbia State newspaper … Also first-team all-state for Class AA by the High School Sports Report … Totaled 107 tackles during senior season, to go along with 14 quarterback sacks, for Calhoun County HS in St. Matthews, S. C. … Chosen for the South Carolina vs. North Carolina Shrine Bowl and played for the winning squad … Made 65 tackles and five sacks during his junior season … Coached by Walter Wilson … Member of the Calhoun County basketball team which has won three consecutive state championships and has an active winning streak of more than 70 games … An uncle, Chris Rumph, is an assistant coach at Clemson … Cousin of Clemson defensive lineman Philip Merling.
Matt Smith, Defensive Lineman/Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 270, Fr-HS, Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier) – First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisville Courier-Journal … Named to the “Class of the Commonwealth” listing of the top 22 seniors in Kentucky by the Lexington Herald-Leader … Also tabbed for the “Kentucky Tremendous 26” … Played primarily in the defensive line for perennial power St. Xavier HS in Louisville … Helped St. Xavier reach the state finals in his senior and sophomore seasons, going 14-1 in each campaign … Known for his upper-body strength and playing savvy … Although he played mostly on defense in high school, he is usually projected as an offensive lineman in college … Scout.com lists him as the No. 63 offensive guard in the country … Coached by Mike Glaser … Also a competitive swimmer … Grew up as a Kentucky fan.
Sean Stackhouse, Tight End, 6-4, 250, Fr-HS, Jacksonville, Fla. (Mandarin) – Big, athletic tight end … Four-year starter for Mandarin HS in Jacksonville, Fla. … As a senior, caught 32 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns … Snagged 33 passes his junior season, good for 333 yards … Two-year member of the all-conference team … Team captain as a junior and senior … Listed as the nation’s No. 31 tight end by Scout.com … Selected to play in the Florida North-South All-Star Game but was unable to participate because of an injury … Nominated for the U. S. Army All-America Game … Coached by Luther Price and the late J. D. Hall … Also participated in track and field and played basketball in high school.
Danny Trevathan, Linebacker, 6-1, 210, Fr-HS, Leesburg, Fla. (Leesburg) – Athletic linebacker whose speed and playing intensity have drawn comparisons to UK All-SEC linebacker Wesley Woodyard … Three-year starter for Leesburg (Fla.) HS … Third-team all-state, covering all classifications, by the Florida Sportswriters Association … Named first-team All-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel … Also the Area Defensive Player of the Year for Lake and Sumter counties by the Sentinel … Also the Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Leesburg Daily Commercial … Senior statistics included 117 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown), and three caused fumbles … Played quarterback and running back on offense … … Rushed 56 times for 427 yards, a 7.6-yard average, and three touchdowns … Notched 98 tackles, including 17 for loss, along with five caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and six sacks as a junior … Has been timed as fast as 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash … Coached by Charles Nassar … Also a member of the school’s weightlifting team.
Collins Ukwu, Defensive End, 6-4, 210, Fr-HS, La Vergne, Tenn. (La Vergne) – Defensive end noted for his speed and quickness … Outstanding mobility indicated by the fact that he set a school career record with 43 tackles for loss at La Vergne (Tenn.) HS … Played only seven games his senior season because of injury, but totaled 86 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, three fumbles caused, and one fumble recovery … All-region as a junior and senior … Named to the all-area team as a senior by the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal … Honorable-mention all-state … Three-year starter who helped lead La Vergne to state playoff appearances his sophomore and junior seasons … Has run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds … Coached by Will Hester … Member of school’s basketball team that has won four consecutive district championships and two regional titles … Competes in the shot put and discus throw for the track and field team … Name is pronounced “OOK-woo.”
Dave Ulinski, Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 280, Fr-HS, Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual) – Co-winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the best player in Kentucky … Played center his senior season at duPont Manual HS in Louisville … Helped the Crimsons average 33.9 points and 172 rushing yards per game … Team went 10-2, advancing to the second round of the state playoffs … Named first-team all-state by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal … Chosen for the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” and the “Kentucky Tremendous 26” listings of the top seniors in the state … Prior to his senior year, he played in the defensive line at Manual … Has the ability and athleticism to play either side of the ball in college … The No. 7 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com and the nation’s No. 67 offensive tackle … Scout.com lists him as the No. 46 offensive tackle in the country … Coached by Joe Nichols … Dave’s grandfather, Harry, was a center/linebacker at Kentucky from 1946-49 … Harry was an All-SEC player, honorable-mention All-American, captain of the 1949 Orange Bowl team, played six years in the National Football League, and is one of UK’s retired-jersey honorees … Name is pronounced “u-LIN-skee.”
Trevino Woods, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 280, Fr-HS, Athens, Ga. (Clarke Central) – Sizeable offensive line prospect … Played two seasons in the offensive line at Clarke Central HS in Athens, Ga. … Graded at 82 percent for his senior season, including 45 pancake blocks … Team went 7-3-1 as a senior, advancing to the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs … Known for good quickness in addition to his noteworthy size … Has tremendous upside as he did not begin playing football until his junior year of high school … The nation’s No. 48 offensive guard by Scout.com … Coached by Leroy Ryals … The first commitment of Kentucky’s 2008 signing class … Also on the track and field team, competing in the shot put and discus throw.
Taylor Wyndham, Linebacker/Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 210, Fr-HS, Swansea, S. C. (Swansea) – Tall linebacker who has tremendous speed and range, and also plays with great leverage … First-team all-state for Class AAA by the High School Sports Report and SCVarsity.com … Second-team all-state selection, covering all classifications, by the Columbia State newspaper … Played outside linebacker as a senior, making 86 tackles along with five quarterback sacks, 21 quarterback hurries, one interception, three fumbles caused, and three fumbles recoveries for Swansea HS … Also scored three touchdowns on offense … Was an inside linebacker as a junior, making 130 tackles with three caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three quarterback sacks, and one interception … Named all-region as a junior and senior … Totaled more than 300 tackles at Swansea … Also played defensive end early in his high school career … Could possibly return to defensive end in the collegiate ranks as he continues to mature physically … Played in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game after his senior season … Ranked as the nation’s No. 47 strongside linebacker by Scout.com … Coached by Van Lewis … Also played soccer and basketball.