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Tubman signs with UK

Along with recruiting his homestate of Ohio, one of Mark Stoops' top priorities when he took the Kentucky job was to lock down the Bluegrass State.

Tubman finished with 71 tackles (23 for loss), seven sacks and eight forced fumbles as a senior this season.

The state of Kentucky doesn't produce a ton of top shelf football talent, so when it does, you have to get your hands, or paws, on it.

Ryan Timmons? Check. Jason Hatcher? Check.

Drew Barker, Adrian Middleton, Matt Elam? Check.

With the commitment of Louisville (Ky.) Seneca 4-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman, who signed with Kentucky Wednesday, the Wildcats have now bagged four of the top five players in the state of Kentucky according to the 247Sports Composite.

Ranked as the No. 12 weakside defensive end in the country by 247Sports, The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder chose UK over Penn State, Nebraska and Louisville.

He is Kentucky's 29th and likely final commitment for 2014. The Wildcats' class ranks No. 20 nationally and ninth in the SEC.

Tubman had previously been committed to Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Penn State. He was recruited by UK defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and offensive coordinator Neal Brown.

His Crystal Ball was 100 percent (25 for 25) correct in picking Kentucky.

Tubman finished with 71 tackles (23 for loss), seven sacks and eight forced fumbles as a senior this season.

247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Barton Simmons:

"He is the epitome of a raw athlete with a ton of upside. He's got a great frame. I've watched him run a 4.6 with horrible technique. He's got it when it comes to burst, athleticism. He's only been playing football since his freshman or sophomore year so he's still new to the game. He hasn't been playing long. His ceiling is enormous and as soon as he gets coached up, he has as much upside as any defensive end in the region."

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