Quarterback Patrick Towles was the first to fax in his letter of intent today at 7:01 to the UK football office and as of 9:15am, the Cats had 17 signees, the biggest surprise, former Alabama commitment, Justin Taylor a running back out of Atlanta, here’s his story for CBSSports.com:
One of the poster children for the SEC's new oversigning policies has officially declined an offer to "grayshirt" at Alabama and will be a Kentucky Wildcat instead.
Washington High School running back Justin Taylor, a three-star prospect out of Atlanta, signed with the 'Cats this morning despite being a long-time Crimson Tide commitment. Taylor made national headlines recently when he was told by Nick Saban he would have to wait until 2013 to enroll at Alabama, thanks to a torn ACL suffered this past season and the Tide having reached their newly-imposed 25-player limit for the class of 2012.
Saban promised Taylor that he would put his 2013 offer in writing and Taylor initially accepted before backing off.
Though the ACL tear limited Taylor's senior season, Tom Lemming saw plenty in the 5'10", 205-pound prospect before the injury:
The scouts were impressed with Justin's elusiveness, strength, balance, and vision. Not a burner but he can accelerate on a dime. Shows good toughness as an inside runner, can catch the ball, and rarely puts the ball on the ground. Hails from a school that has produced several big-time backs.
Taylor gives Kentucky a class of 24 recruits.
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