Lloyd Tubman Commits to Kentucky Wildcats on National Signing Day

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014

Oct 24, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State Bulldogs win the game against Kentucky Wildcats 28-22.  Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
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It looked like the Kentucky Wildcats had their 2014 recruiting class finished coming into national signing day.

With 28 verbal commitments, it was believed that UK wasn't going to be able to take any more players in this class.

But according to AllWildcats recruiting analyst Patrick Loney, cornerback Michael Mathis would not be signing with UK.

Mathis will instead join the team in the fall, which left one open scholarship in this class.

As it turned out, that scholarship was being reserved for 3-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman, who previously decommitted from Penn State, according to Pat Tholey of 247Sports.

Tubman, a 6'5", 235-pound defensive lineman from Seneca Academy (Louisville, Ky.), is ranked the nation’s No. 225 overall prospect by 247Sports.com.

He had been committed to Penn State since new head coach James Franklin was able to get his commitment not long after becoming their coach.

But something happened since then, and he's now signed and faxed his letter of intent to UK, according to the school's official twitter page:

This is a huge commitment for the Wildcats, who are set to lose both of their starting defensive ends next year in seniors Bud Dupree and Za'Darius Smith.

Tubman displays great speed off the edge and can be a situational pass-rusher in his freshman year. He displays great pursuit and a knack for tackling ball-carriers in the backfield.

Even if he doesn't play this year, getting his commitment over the likes of Penn State is a big win for UK.


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