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Mark Stoops talks Smith, Borden

12/22/2012

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."

Borden is a 6-3, 25o-pound prospect who caught 11 passes for 181 yards and 4 touchdowns as a sophomore earning second team all-conference recognition.

"Steven brings us a player who is very versatile and brings the physical presence we need at the tight end position. We can move him around in the offense and play different positions. We're excited to have him join us," Stoops stated.

Stoops' Wildcats have 16 players either committed or signed in this class.