Brown has spent the last two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. He incurred a knee injury during his freshman year in 2010 and redshirted in 2011. Brown can be added to UK’s 2011 signing class to make that a full class of 25.
Brown will participate in spring practice and has three seasons of eligibility at UK.
“I’m happy to have Kory as a part of our program and be able to come in and play in the spring,” Phillips said. “He’s a physical player with a strong desire to excel. He’ll compete at Winston Guy’s position (hybrid safety/linebacker) and if he gains about 10 pounds it’s possible we could take a look at him at linebacker. Kory comes from an athletic family with two brothers at Marshall.”
Here is a bio on Brown:
Kory Brown, Defensive Back, 6-0, 208, So-JC, Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley/East Central CC) – Will have three years of eligibility at UK after redshirting 2011 while recovering from a knee injury … Spent the last two years at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. … Played four games at safety as a freshman until sustaining the injury … During those four games he made 26 tackles, caused two fumbles and intercepted a pass … The nation’s No. 69 junior-college player as ranked by 247 Sports, also the No. 11 juco player in Mississippi and the nation’s No. 3 safety … Coached by Brian Anderson
… “Kory’s physical nature stands out,” Anderson said. “He gets off blocks well and is a big hitter. He’s also a quality young man of the finest character.” … Played high school football at Berkeley HS in Moncks Corner, S.C. … Three-year starter who played cornerback and safety … An all-region pick as a senior … Helped Berkeley to three strong runs in the state playoffs, including a state semifinal appearance his junior year and quarterfinal berths as a sophomore and senior … Played for the winning South team in the South Carolina North-South All-Star Game following his senior season … Coached at Berkeley by Jerry Brown … Berkeley’s defensive coordinator, Ed Moore, said, “Kory was the most instinctive player I’ve ever coached, always at the right place at the right time. He’s a very physical player, very good in run support as well as pass coverage. He’s also a great young man.” … In addition to football, participated in basketball, baseball, wrestling and track and field in high school … Advanced to the state meet in the high jump his senior year and had a best leap of six feet, four inches … Comes from an athletic family … An older brother, Omar, played football at Marshall and was a senior in 2011 … Another brother, Evan McKelvey, currently plays at Marshall … A cousin J.J. McKelvey, played at Clemson and is now playing arena football … Kory enjoys community service and has helped coach children in youth league sports.