- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Mark Stoops' first signing class at Kentucky includes 22 players and ranks among the highest rated in school history.
The Wildcats checked in at No. 36 in ESPN's class rankings and were able to pry away ESPN 300 defensive end Jason Hatcher from USC on signing day. Getting Hatcher was equally big because he's from Louisville, and Stoops had made it a priority to keep the best players in-state at home.
Kentucky's other ESPN 300 signee was also an in-state prospect -- athlete Ryan Timmons of Frankfurt, Ky. Timmons announced on Tuesday that he would sign with Kentucky over Florida. Stoops called Timmons "a home-run threat every time he touches the ball."
Kentucky signed six four-star prospects in this class. The Wildcats also brought in four junior college prospects. Defensive end Za'Darius Smith and receiver Javess Blue could be key contributors next season, and both were ranked among the top 15 junior college prospects in the country by ESPN.
To see Kentucky's complete 2013 signing class, click here.
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