D.J. Eliot’s three freshmen who may play right away

After Friday’s UK Alumni event in Louisville, both offensive coordinator Neal Brown and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot met with the media for about five minutes. The latter was asked which freshmen he thought might contribute immediately to the defense.

“Well, Jaleel Hytche I’ve heard has been doing some good things over the summer,” Eliot said. “Jason Hatcher’s been doing some good things; I’ve heard good things on Regie Meant. A lot of those guys have had great summers. I’m hoping we can get some development out of those guys in training camp and they can help us in the fall.”

Hytche is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback from Cincinnati’s LaSalle High School who figures to help a position that was certainly shaky in the spring. Rivals ranked Hytche as the 48th best cornerback prospect in the Class of 2013.

Hatcher is the 6-2, 240-pound defensive end from Louisville Trinity that UK flipped from his Southern Cal commitment late in the recruiting process. With Za’Darius Smith and Bud Dupree expected to start at the ends, it will be interesting to see how Eliot works Hatcher into the rotation.

Meant is a 6-5, 271-pound defensive tackle from Cape Coral, Florida. His position is another that UK feels pretty good about going into fall camp. But it there is one thing we know about the SEC, you can never have enough defensive linemen.

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