The Kentucky football program took a turn for the better with the announcement that 4-star quarterback Drew Barker and 3-star recruits running back Mikel Horton and offensive lineman Nick Richardson would be signing financial-aid agreements to come play in Lexington next season.
All three finalized their agreements on Thursday, according to Next Cats' Ben Roberts:
Conner quarterback Drew Barker and fellow UK football recruits Mikel Horton and Nick Richardson sent their signed financial aid papers to the university Thursday, a signal of their intention to enroll at the school in January.
A new NCAA rule established this year allows mid-season enrollees to sign early financial aid papers with their school. Players who do so will enroll for the spring semester in order to take classes and participate in spring practice.
Barker is easily the top name of a Kentucky recruiting class that is surprisingly very good. In fact, 247sports.com has the class ranked No. 20, while Rivals.com currently has the team’s class ranked No. 8.
Through 11 games, the Conner High product has thrown for 2,573 yards and 32 touchdowns while adding another 732 yards and nine scores on the ground.
Horton and Richardson are both from Ohio and should make immediate impacts.
For those not familiar with the rule, established last month by the NCAA, a financial-aid agreement should not be confused with a letter of intent.
The difference is that the agreement, unlike the latter, does not bind the student-athlete to the school he signs with. Although it obligates the school to make good on the scholarship, the student-athlete can still choose to enroll elsewhere or sign a binding letter of intent with a different school in February.
For more on the rule, NCAA compliance expert John Infante explains the rule in further detail.