Kentucky will be represented by three of its early signees and its biggest remaining recruiting target during various national all-star football games this weekend.
Quarterback Drew Barker will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, while receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass and running back Mikel Horton will play in the Offense-Defense All-American Game and the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, respectively.
The Big Blue Nation will also have its eyes on the Army game due to the presence of five-star defensive tackle Matt Elam, who has planned to announce his college decision between Kentucky and Alabama during the 1 p.m. ET Saturday broadcast on NBC.
Elam and Barker will be playing for the East and West teams, respectively, in the annual all-star game at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The John Hardin defensive tackle will have his sights set on sacking the four-star Conner quarterback, who passed for 2,671 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior.
Snodgrass will play in the Offense-Defense game on Friday, Jan. 3, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game will be streamed live at www.o-d.com. The four-star wideout caught 29 passes for 535 yards and six touchdowns as a senior.
He'll be joined in that game by UK commitments Stanley "Boom" Williams, Blake Bone, Nick Richardson, Kobie Walker and Adrian Middleton, who are expected to sign with the Wildcats in February.
The Semper Fidelis game will feature Horton at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 5 on Fox Sports 1. The West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West running back rushed for 1,203 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. The four-star prospect was also the team’s leading receiver with 19 catches for 249 yards and two scores.
Barker, Horton and Snodgrass signed with UK in December, along with Ohio linebacker Dorian Hendrix and Texas receiver T.V. Williams. The five players will join the program later this month and go through spring practice with the Wildcats.
Kentucky also signed two junior college prospects, defensive tackle Cory Johnson and cornerback A.J. Stamps, in December.