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Signing Day Underway for UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky coach Rich Brooks and the
Wildcats hope to reload after their third straight bowl win by
making a big splash on National Signing Day.
The Wildcats have already secured a verbal commitment from
Carmel (Ind.) quarterback Morgan Newton, the state's player of the
year. Newton could step into a wide-open quarterback battle with
Mike Hartline and Randall Cobb after the two split duties last
year.
Henry Clay center Samuel Simpson signing on the dotted line this morning for the Cats. Simpson, the son of Henry Clay coach and former UK player Sam Simpson, comes in as the third-ranked center in the nation by Scout and #10 nationally by Rivals. He was also selected to the USA Today All-American team.
Louisville and Western Kentucky, meanwhile, will try to rebuild
after disappointing seasons. The Cardinals have major holes to fill
along the defensive and offensive lines after going 5-7 in 2008.
The Hilltoppers and coach David Elson went 2-10 last year during
their final transitional season into the Football Bowl Subdivision.
WKU will be a full-fledged member of the Sun Belt Conference in
2009, a fact Elson said helped him significantly on the recruiting
trail.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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