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January 12, 2011

Grayshirt Johnson joins Cats

Georgia linebacker Jabari Johnson, a 2010 Kentucky signee, has now officially joined the Wildcats' football program, enrolling as a grayshirt for the spring semester that started on Wednesday, CatsIllustrated.com has learned.

UK team spokesman Tony Neely confirmed in an e-mail that Johnson has joined the team.

Johnson, a product of Stephenson High School, didn't qualify academically to compete this past fall and spent the semester at home working on academics and test scores.

He is expected to begin practicing with the team this spring and will have four years of eligibility available.

Stephenson High School assistant coach Corey Johnson said in a Wednesday morning phone interview that Jabari Johnson moved to Lexington on Saturday and that he'd be starting school today.

Johnson is former high school teammates with UK freshmen Raymond Sanders and Ronnie Shields.

Johnson was listed at 6 feet 2, 220 pounds last signing day, but Corey Johnson said back in a November interview that he is now 6-3 or 6-4 and 240 pounds

He is expected to begin his UK career as a linebacker, but it's possible he could also play defensive end.

Califonia quarterback Maxwell Smith and Louisville linebacker Tim Patterson also have enrolled as grayshirts, UK announced. Those players participated in some of UK's bowl practices last month.

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