Bios on more of Kentucky’s football signees today:
▪ Phil Hoskins, Defensive Lineman, 6-5, 280, So-Tr, Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer/Highland CC) – Strong junior college prospect … Was a three-star recruit by all of the major recruiting services out of high school before going to junior college … Among JUCO players, Scout ranks him 77th overall, while ESPN ranks him the No. 11 defensive tackle in the nation … Redshirted the 2016 season … Had 25 tackles his freshman season at Highland (Kan.) with eight TFL and four sacks in playing multiple positions along the defensive line … Named Three Rivers Athletic Conference (TRAC) All-Conference honorable mention as a senior in 2014 at Whitmer, playing for coach Jerry Bell … Has a wing span of 84 inches … Has three years of eligibility remaining … Chose Kentucky over Arkansas, Baylor, Mississippi State, Houston and Oklahoma State.
Coach Stoops says: “Phil has great size and length. He has shown the ability to rush the passer. We’re excited that he comes in as a junior college player with three years of eligibility remaining.”
▪ Sebastien Dolcine, Offensive Tackle, 6-4, 300, Fr-HS, Hollywood, Fla. (Miramar) – Offensive line prospect who only began playing football in high school and shows plenty of potential … 247Sports ranks him as a three-star prospect and the No. 78 offensive guard in the nation … ESPN scouting report says, “Tough, physical OL prospect … displays excellent functional strength and good initial quickness in ability to set” … Helped Miramar finish 8-3 overall … Coached by Pierre Senatus … Picked Kentucky over Central Florida, Wake Forest, South Florida and N.C. State … Name pronounced “Dolcine (dole-SEEN)”
Coach Stoops says: “Sebastien has great punch and is very athletic. He has a high ceiling in the weight room and on the field.”
▪ Josh Paschal, Outside Linebacker, 6-3, 270, Fr-HS, Olney, Md. (Our Lady of Good Counsel) – A four-star defensive end prospect by all the major recruiting services … Scout ranks him the No. 28 defensive end nationally and No. 2 defensive end from the state of Maryland in the 2017 class … 247Sports classifies him as the No. 11 strongside defensive end in the country … ESPN scouting report says, “A high-motored DL with good, straight-line speed. Shows good initial burst and quickness to get up-field and make plays in the opponent’s backfield. Works well to maintain his point and shows good overall leverage vs. the run” … Recorded 64 tackles as a senior, including nine tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks … Also had four quarterback hurries … Named first-team All-Conference defense by the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) … Earned first-team All-Sentinel by The Sentinel Newspapers … Coached by Bill Milloy … Older brother, TraVaughn, played for the Wildcats from 2012-14 … Picked Kentucky over Notre Dame, Penn State and Oklahoma.
Coach Stoops says: “Josh is a disruptive force with great quickness off the snap. We believe Josh has the ability to be an impact player at a young age.”
▪ Yusuf Corker, Defensive Back, 6-0, 190, Fr-HS, McDonough, Ga. (Woodland) – Four-star defensive back and receiver at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, Ga., where he was coached by Steve Davenport … The nation’s No. 26 cornerback by ESPN and Scout … The No. 1 cornerback in the state of Georgia by Scout.com … ESPN says “Has lock down skill set, can play on an island. Makes great reads on the underneath pass with precise timing and anticipation. Transitions fluidly with limited wasted motion in and out of his pedal” … Was timed at 4.63 in the 40 … Made 26 tackles, including 23 solo, along with three interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts on defense in 2016 … Offensively, had 20 receptions for 447 yards and four touchdowns for a 23.0 yards per reception average … Helped lead his team to a 10-3 overall record and the 4-5A playoffs as a senior … Two-time member of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s All-Metro Team … Named to the AJC’s All-State Defensive Team as senior … Chose Kentucky over South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Michigan State … Name is pronounced “Yusuf (YOU-suf)”
Coach Stoops says: “Yusuf is a strong, physical defensive back. He is very dedicated to his craft and a strong leader.”
▪ Javonte Richardson, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 230, Fr-HS, Maple Heights, Ohio (Maple Heights) – Four-star recruit who thrived as a wide receiver and safety for Coach Devlin Dulliver at Maple Heights… ESPN.com ranks him the 12th-best player in the state of Ohio and 24th-best wide receiver in the 2017 class … ESPN scouting report says, “(Javonte) is tall with great length and good bulk. Possesses good foot quickness. Very good route runner who can separate in man and find soft spots in zone. Has strong hands, good leaping ability and the body control to make difficult catches. Fearless over the middle and powers through arm tackles. Willing blocker in the run game” … Rivals ranks him as the No. 84 recruit in the entire class of 2017 and the No. 2 recruit in Ohio … Rated as the 31st best wide receiver in the class of 2017 by 247Sports … Compiled 1,190 all-purpose yards with eight touchdowns as a senior … Also returned kicks … Three-time Lake Erie League all-star … Nominated for the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Finished with 38 receptions for 504 total yards and seven TDs as a junior despite battling a back injury … Also had eight interceptions on defense … Earned honorable mention to the AP Northeast Ohio Lakes District Team in 2015… An all-around athlete who also lettered in track and basketball at Maple Heights … Chose Kentucky over offers from Michigan and Michigan State … Name pronounced “Javonte (Jay-VEE-on-tay)”
Coach Stoops says: “Javonte has physicality and speed. He also has the size and aggressiveness we look for in an SEC wide receiver.”