Breakdown UK Signees: Offense

QB Tyler Brause

KSR breaks down the 2010 recruiting class, starting with the offense.

Tyler Brause - The lone quarterback prospect in the UK recruiting class, Brause was initially thought to be a tight end prospect or someone who could wind up at linebacker based on his body size and athleticism. But Kentucky does additional players at quarterback and Brause will get a shot there. Tyler is an accurate thrower who needs a little work on his deep ball. He can move around in the pocket, but is an exceptional scrambler when forced outside the pocket. If Brause proves his worth at quarterback, there's a possibility that he stays at the position for the duration of his career.

Raymond Sanders - One of four players in the recruiting class who can play running back, Raymond Sanders has already worked his way into the hearts of Kentucky fans with his love for the Cats. Sanders can also work his way into a spot returning kicks this year or even playing some quarterback in the Wildcat offense. It's most likely that Sanders will redshirt as a freshman and then get meaningful snaps there after. Sanders is able to play the traditional half-back role or he can split out into the slot and make plays receiving the ball.

Brandon Gainer - From the talent-rich grounds of Miami, Brandon Gainer could play early on for the Wildcats as a freshman. Gainer has the combination of size and speed that Kentucky has been after for several recruiting classes. Gainer can hit the hole quickly but also make a move to make the defender miss simultaneously. Gainer has very good speed when he gets into the secondary and his power will make it difficult for a lone defensive back to bring him down. By the time Gainer is a redshirt sophomore or a true junior, he could be a 6-foot 225 pound all-conference type performer.

Miles Simpson - Miles Simpson is similar to Brandon Gainer in size, though he doesn't possess quite the same speed. However Simpson forces contact against the defender with his aggressive running style. Simpson is also a capable receiver from the backfield which is a staple of Joker Phillips's most effective offenses at UK. Simpson is a likely redshirt as a freshman, but he should begin to see more carries as a sophomore and will get plenty of opportunities to play on special teams as an underclassman.

Teven Eatmon - Eatmon is possibly the player in the class with the most upside. The 6-foot-7, 280 pound prospect played tight end in high school, but could see action at offensive tackle or along the defensive line. If Eatmon continues to develop, his size and athleticism along either line could be a major asset for the program going forward. Eatmon most assuredly will redshirt as a freshman, but when he returns, he should be pushing 300 pounds and if he maintains his athleticism, the sky is the limit for what he could do.

Tim McAdoo - Joker Phillips sees Tim McAdoo as an offensive lineman. With McAdoo's body size, he's likely going to play guard. This could be an adjustment for McAdoo as he's been playing defensive tackle, and playing it fairly well. Still, the staff sees something in Tim that they believe will make him an effective offensive lineman. Players often switch back and forth between positions before settling, so McAdoo could still play at defensive tackle before his career is over. Should he be slated for offense, McAdoo will likely redshirt.

Jerrell Priester - Priester is one of the more explosive players in the recruiting class with the ball in his hands. But coach Phillips says they will start him off at cornerback. They will also let him play the jet sweep role in the Wildcat offense that Derrick Locke has done so well in the past. So Priester will get opportunities on the offensive side of the ball. His overall quickness and ability to make plays will be an asset no matter where he suits up. Expect Priester to redshirt as a freshman, and then get a look at corner, slot receiver and quarterback in the Wildcat as a red-shirt freshman.


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