Mark Stoops talks Smith, Borden 

December, 22, 2012
Kentucky signed defensive end Za'Darius Smith (Greenville, Ala./East Mississippi CC) and tight end Steve Borden (Waxahachie, Texas/Kilgore College), according to a release on the school's official site issued by new head coach Mark Stoops.

Smith, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound prospect, is the No. 4-rated player in the ESPN JC 100 and a four-star talent. He earned second team NJCAA All-American honors this season after recording 47 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

"Za'Darius has great size and is an every down player -- a physical player who can stop the run and also can rush the passer," Stoops said. "We're very happy to sign him."