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July 7th, 2015

Andrew Harrison tried to make the poster of the summer

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Give it up for Andrew Harrison and his attempt to end the career of Jordan Morgan in today’s summer league game. Harrison got out on a fast break and tried to throw one down on Morgan, but was called for a charge instead.

Lincoln Duff is in Orlando and he caught it from this angle:

Harrison scored five points with four turnovers in only 19 minutes of action, after playing 29 minutes on Sunday. It was not his best day of his young NBA career.

To make matters worse, Russ Smith was the star of the game with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including the game-winning basket. Harrison and Smith are competing for the third point guard spot in Memphis.

Tune in to NBA TV right now to watch Aaron Harrison and Charlotte.


Sleep Outfitters’ Tuesday Recruiting Roundup

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For today’s Sleep Outfitters Recruiting Roundup, we will take a look at five names making news over the last few days. Three are among the best high school basketball prospects in the country, while the other two are potential additions to Mark Stoops’ 16th ranked class.

 

Malik Monk

It was around this time last year when Malik Monk BLEW UP at the Nike Peach Jam, scoring 40 points in front of John Calipari and the UK basketball coaching staff. The 40-point performance wasn’t even Monk’s best in the 2014 EYBL circuit, believe it or not. He set the record with 59 points in a game at an event in Sacramento last April.

Monk will return to North Augusta tomorrow for his final run at the Peach Jam. Calipari will have eyes on him once again, as UK and the home state Arkansas Razorbacks compete for Monk’s commitment.

Ranked No. 3 overall in 247Sports’ 2016 class rankings, Monk recently announced he will trim his list to a final five schools following the Peach Jam. Bank on UK being in the mix when he names the five schools next week.

 

Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum

Giles and Tatum are two of the biggest names in the 2016 class and they showed why over the weekend, leading Team USA to gold at the FIBA U19 World Championship. Calipari has been drooling over the two potential superstars since he saw them early in their basketball careers, way back in 2013. Tatum was the first member of the class to receive an offer from UK; Giles was a close second.

Giles and Tatum are very close friends and they haven’t shied away from throwing out the possibility of being a “package deal” in college. The problem is, they both have Duke very high on their lists and it is the likely destination if the two do indeed pair up at the next level. Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated recently said they could become “the greatest package deal of all-time.”

However, Kentucky is still in the hunt for each prospect, and with Calipari on the prowl, we know to never count UK out. Maybe one, or both, will answer Cal’s call of “Who wants to be next?”


Tatum dunks all over Greek defender

 

Brock Miller

Switching over to football, there is a three-star linebacker with heavy interest in the Cats and he hopes to visit Lexington this month.

Brock Miller, a 6-foot-4 outside linebacker from Florida, recently included Kentucky in his final eight schools, along with Mississippi State, California, Virginia, Virginia Tech, NC State, Boise State and Minnesota.

He told Scout.com, “(Kentucky was) my second offer and first big-time offer, so it’s definitely cool to think about that. We went up and visited back in February and I got to meet all of the coaches and stuff. It just really feels like a family atmosphere and everybody really likes me there. I just think it’s a really good school.”

Miller hopes to make his decision before beginning his senior year of high school this fall.

 

Tate Leavitt

Leavitt is ESPN’s No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle and he very well may be the next in line to commit to Kentucky. Kash Daniel specifically mentioned Leavitt as a priority after announcing his own commitment to UK over the weekend, but Mark Stoops will have to compete with Brother Bob and Oklahoma, as well as Illinois, Missouri and Texas Tech for Leavitt’s services.

In a recent interview with Rivals.com, he had this to say about UK: “They’ve been really good to me, especially on the visit. I’ve had a great relationship with Coach Schlarman, Coach Marrow and even got to know Coach Stoops while I was there. When I was on the visit, it really showed me how important I was to them. They had everybody who would have an impact on me if I go there come in just to be on my visit. Coach Stoops was in Florida the day before. He flew in just for my visit. It was nice to know how important I was to them. Like I said, I was really comfortable, not only with the coaches but at the university, too.”

He will take another visit to Lexington on July 17.


Keith Bogans and Daniel Orton join Portland for Summer League

The Portland Trail Blazers will have two former Kentucky Wildcats on its roster in Las Vegas next week. 11-year veteran Keith Bogans and international journeyman Daniel Orton were named to the official 16-man roster, announced today. Other notables include Noah Vonleh, Pat Connaughton, Meyers Leonard and Arnett Moultrie.

The Phoenix Suns also released its official roster today and it includes Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin and Josh Harrellson, as expected.

Go Cats.


Lexington attorney wants UK games off “conservative” radio stations

Richard F. Dawahare wants University of Kentucky games pulled from WLAP, the home of all things Wildcats and KSR’s radio shows (morning, pregame and postgame) in Lexington.

Dawahare, an attorney, writes, “It is no secret that these stations are exclusive provinces of conservative ideology. They spew propaganda with a breathtaking lack of regard for truth and with a pervasive tone of contempt and ridicule for those with a different perspective.”

Dawahare missed one important fact here: Matt Jones isn’t spewing conservative ideology, and I’m not sure anyone is on WLAP more than Matt Jones during basketball and football seasons. Not to mention, Ryan Lemond, who may be second to Matt in hours logged on WLAP’s airwaves, would rather take another rabid dog bite than talk politics.

But Dawahare insists the games must be removed from our favorite Lexington radio station. He wants them pulled from WHAS in Louisville, too.

We cannot continue to allow our beloved Cats and Cards to be part of any entity that perpetuates this culture,” he wrote in the Herald-Leader. “When enough of us insist that we use our schools to further their foundational ideals — the pursuit of truth and the betterment of our world — change will come.”

It appears Dawahare adopted our “Facts are optional” mantra here.

[Get our college games off hate-filled radio networks]


Andrew Harrison on NBA TV at 1:00 pm

Andrew Harrison will soon play his third NBA Summer League game with the Memphis Grizzlies. The former Kentucky point guard and his fellow NBA hopefuls will tip off with Orlando’s Blue squad on NBA TV at 1:00 pm. The game can also be seen online through the NBA Summer League Live streaming service.

Harrison needs a strong showing after two mediocre performances over the weekend. He went 5-for-13 from the field in two games, drawing criticism from Memphis basketball columnist Tom Firme:

Josh Riddell explained in his DraftExpress scouting report that Harrison doesn’t finish well, isn’t explosive enough to beat pro opponents off the dribble and settles for difficult shots.

The 20-year-old didn’t show any change in his first two summer league games. He shot 5-of-13 from the field, taking poor jumpers and struggling to finish in tight space.

Without considerable shooting progress, Harrison would need to make his presence felt in areas besides scoring. [Bleacher Report]

Today he will be going up against a backcourt that includes Peyton Siva and 2015 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Elfrid Payton. Aaron Gordon and “Super” Mario Hezonja, the fifth overall pick in the draft, will also be playing for the Magic.

Tune in.


Josh Forrest named to Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List

Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Forrest is one of 80 players named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced this morning. The Chuck Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player, regardless of position.

Forrest led Kentucky in tackles last season as a junior, recording 110 tackles with one sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The in-state product racked up a career-high 20 tackles against Tennessee, in addition to four other games with double-digit tackles.

Phil Steele named Forrest a 2014 third-team All-SEC selection.

60 days ’till kickoff…


Rawle Alkins heard from John Calipari this morning

Five-star shooting guard Rawle Alkins will compete in the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale with the New York Renaissance this weekend in Atlanta. His first game is tomorrow night against Brookwood Elite of Canada.

But before he travels to the Peach State with his AAU teammates, Alkins had a talk with John Calipari. Alkins tweeted about their chat this morning:

Kentucky currently leads Alkins’ Crystal Ball projections at 50 percent, ahead of Villanova, Indiana, Kansas and Texas. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 4 shooting guard in the 2016 class.

He picked up an offer from Kentucky in May after Calipari watched him a couple of times in April.


Definitive proof that UK owns UofL in sports

Eric Crawford of WDRB Sports did the University of Kentucky a favor this morning in its ongoing rivalry with the University of Louisville. Crawford shared this graphic that shows the two schools’ rankings in the Directors’ Cup all-sport standings over the past 22 years. The Cats finished ahead of the Cards in all but four of those:

Even better, Crawford shared a quote from UofL athletic director Tom Jurich, his acceptance of Louisville’s title as little brother: “My ultimate goal is that I want little brother to be 6-4 and 285. And that’s what we’ve been able to do.”

Read more from Crawford on the UK-UofL rivalry here.


Simply the best radio show from Simply The Best (Tuesday Show Thread)

Ryan Lemond is back from vacation and back with Kentucky Sports Radio for this morning’s stop in Grayson, Ky. The guys will be broadcasting live from Simply The Best Sports Bar and Grill to discuss NBA summer league action and John Calipari’s recruiting manifesto.

Stop by to hear the show and enter to win tickets!

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops. We’re still finalizing a few, so be sure to check back as the week goes on.

July 7: Grayson – Simply The Best Bar & Grill
July 8: Pikeville – Bank 253
July 9: Williamson – Appalachian Wireless at South Side Mall
July 10: KY Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana – Cynthiana County Club
July 14: Whitley City – McCreary County Public Library
July 15: London – Sleep Outfitters
July 16-17: TBD

July 20: Whitesburg – Pine Mountain Grill
July 21: Manchester – Clay County Middle School
July 22: Somerset – Sleep Outfitters
July 23: Harlan – Core Fitness
July 24: Fort Wright – Dickmann’s Sports Bar

July 27: Campbellsville – Mr. Gatti’s
July 28: Owensboro – Don Moore GM Center
July 29: Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop
July 30: Paducah – Buffalo Wild Wings
July 31: Fancy Farm

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

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GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!


Walter McCarty’s Beard’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

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Walter McCarty is an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics and he showed off a long, grey beard during the Celtics’ summer league game on NBA TV last night. I don’t know what look Walt is trying to pull off here, but it may be time he gets his hands on a Harry’s razor.

Also from last night’s game: James Young and his new 20 pounds of muscle scored 12 points in 30 minutes, 11 of those points coming in the second half. A lot of the talk of Young’s game was his hustle. Teammate Marcus Smart said, “We didn’t see much of that last year from James, so that’s real big on his part.”

Terry Rozier added seven points, for the few of you who care.

 

More NBA Summer League today

Six former Wildcats could possibly see action in five summer league games today. The schedule is as follows:

Orlando Summer League:

1:00 pm: Andrew Harrison (MEM) vs. Orlando Magic Blue
3:00 pm: Aaron Harrison (CHA) vs. Brooklyn Nets
5:00 pm: Dakari Johnson/Marquis Teague (OKC) vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Utah Summer League:

5:00 pm: James Young (BOS) vs. Philadelphia 76ers
7:00 pm: Trey Lyles (UTAH) vs. San Antonio Spurs

Lyles did not play last night as he and his new organization continue contract negotiations. Hopefully a deal is inked today so we can see him in action tonight.

Malik Monk will trim his list to five schools after this weekend.

Monk will compete with his Arkansas AAU team at the Nike Peach Jam, then narrow his list of schools to five. The University of Kentucky will almost certainly make the cut, as will his home state Razorbacks. The two SEC schools make up Monk’s entire Crystal Ball predictions, with Arkansas leading at 71 percent.

We will have more Peach Jam talk later today and throughout the rest of the week.

I loved this quote from John Calipari’s recruiting manifesto yesterday…

“We could have the best backcourt, and maybe the best frontcourt in the country.”

Scroll down if you missed it.

Ballers may be the worst show HBO has ever done.

And I had high hopes for it, too. However, The Brink has been a pleasant surprise so far. Judgment is still out on True Detective. I’m an episode behind.

Ryan returns to KSR in Grayson this morning.

I’m tagging Ryan back in for the co-hosting duties on the KSR tour across the state. He will be in Grayson today with Matt at Simply The Best Sports Bar and Grill, assuming he survived vacation.

With a name like Simply The Best, Simply The Best better be the best. The guys are excited to find out.

 


July 6th, 2015

Calipari to recruits: Who wants to be next?

We’ve reached that time in the summer when John Calipari uses his website to release his annual recruiting manifesto. This year, rather than sharing another long-winded sales pitch, Calipari simply asked: Who wants to be next?

Every year I come out and shed some light on what I’m doing in recruiting and give an anecdote about how we, as a staff, go about it and what philosophies we believe in. I call it my annual recruiting manifesto.

Typically, these are pretty lengthy. That’s not the case this year.

Last year was truly amazing. I grew as a coach, I learned from the players and I’m absolutely humbled by how they came together and how they sacrificed. Our team benefitted from all the records they set, but individual players benefitted more, and that’s the way I want this. Whatever the team accomplishes, I want the players to benefit more.

Moving forward, when a normal program loses seven players to the NBA it’s devastating for the next three or four years. Some never recover. That’s not Kentucky.

I’m so excited about our team this year. We could have the best backcourt, and maybe the best frontcourt in the country. I think we will have depth, athleticism and shooting. I couldn’t be more excited about the challenge. Then I asked our guys coming back: Why not? Why not do something crazy like last year?

As far as recruiting, if you watch our teams – not only last year, but the other years also – you’ll notice players have improved. Nobody is left behind. We’ve had 40 scholarship-recruited players, 25 have been drafted by the NBA and another handful are in Europe, the D-League or still here on campus. I think that tells the story.

Now I’ll say this to all the recruits and their families: Who wants to be next? [CoachCal.com]

You see that, 2016 recruits?

Get in here.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Justin Sizemore


Totally worth $12 to but them. Please do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Max Godby


‘Merica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 brandon lutsch


Not sure Drew wants male snapchat love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Ed DeRosa


Same. It’s hard to accept.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 christopher williams


Chris. Meet up with Justin and you two can just burn your stuff together. Better yet. Let’s schedule a big BBN bonfire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Curtis Burch


Best day ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 DeMarcus Cousins


I have never judged DeMarcus more than this moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Chad Anderson


Tomorrow should be fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 T.J. Beisner


So true. I’m sure he misses those days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 EJ Floreal


EJ has no chill.
(ICYMI: Last year when Karl posted “Happy Fourth” EJ responded with “Get your own holiday.”)

@Hessler_KSR


Kentucky Ranks Second In Attendance For The Second Straight Year

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The NCAA released attendance numbers for the 2014-2015 season earlier today and for only the third time in the past twenty years Kentucky was not on top. Here’s how the top five shook out:

1. Syracuse (23,854)

2. Kentucky (23,572)

3. Louisville (21,386)

4. North Carolina (19,582)

5. Wisconsin (17,279)

When you consider the official capacity for Rupp Arena is only 23,500 then that means Cawoods Court averaged over a sell-out for the entire season. Contrast that with Syracuse’s Carrier Dome which holds over 35,000 and their higher average attendance is a little less impressive.

The Cats also led the way in total attendance as they pursued a perfect season. Total peoples with eyes on Karl Towns for home, road and neutral games was 845,594. Runner-up Wisconsin brought in a distant 711,115.

We are college basketball.


The Current State of UK’s 2016 Football Recruiting Class

While you were devouring hot dogs and firing whistlin’ bungholes, spleen splitters, whisker biscuits, honkey lighters, hoosker doos, hoosker don’ts, cherry bombs and nipsy daisers at the lake over the weekend, Kash Daniel became Mark Stoops’ 19th commitment in the 2016 recruiting class. Daniel’s pledge bumped Kentucky up to 16th in 247Sports’ team rankings and sixth in the Southeastern Conference. The four-star linebacker became the fifth in-state commit in the class, six shy of Ohio’s 11 prospects with hard commitments to UK.

Tonight, as we recover from the long and exhausting weekend, let’s take a quick look at the 19 young men who make up the current state of Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class. Some may leave before National Signing Day, but with quality leadership at the top of the class, it’s not crazy to think it will stay intact while adding more top talent.

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Hard Commitments:

19

By State:

Ohio: 11
Kentucky: 5
Alabama: 1
Arizona: 1
Georgia: 1

By Position:

Offensive Line: 3
Defensive Line: 3
Defensive Back: 3
Athlete: 2
Linebacker: 2
Tight End: 2
Punter: 1
Running Back: 1
Quarterback: 1
Wide Receiver: 1

The Commits:

Landon Young
Offensive Tackle
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6-7, 270 lbs.
Lexington, KY (Lafayette)

Top247: 99 | 13 OT
247 Sports Composite: 121 | 14 OT
Rivals: 149 | 13 OT
ESPN: 150 | 17 OT
Scout: 202 | 18 OT

 

Drake Jackson
Center
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6-2, 288 lbs.
Versailles, KY (Woodford County)

Top247: 71 | 1 C
247 Sports Composite: 149 | 2 C
Rivals: 244 | 2 C
ESPN: 271 | 4 C
Scout: 102 | 1 C

 

Kash Daniel
Inside Linebacker
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6-1, 235 lbs.
Paintsville, KY (Paintsville)

Top247: 96 | 2 ILB
247 Sports Composite: 484 | 16 ILB
Rivals: — | 15 ILB
ESPN: —
Scout:  | 21 ILB

 

Jordan Griffin
Cornerback
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6-1, 170 lbs.
Jonesboro, GA (Jonesboro)

Top247: 285 | 29 CB
247 Sports Composite: 477 | 42 CB
Rivals: — | 38 CB
ESPN: — | 23 CB
Scout: — | 82 CB

 

Dakota Holtzclaw
Tight End
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6-7, 215 lbs.
Columbus, OH (Worthington Kilbourne)

Top247: 931 | 43 TE
247 Sports Composite: 730 | 34 TE
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 20 TE
Scout: — | 29 TE

 

Tobias Gilliam
Cornerback
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6-0, 185 lbs.
Dayton, OH (Wayne)

Top247: 921 | 87 CB
247 Sports Composite: 858 | 85 CB
Rivals: — | 44 CB
ESPN: — | 44 CB
Scout: — | 84 CB

 

Jaylin Bannerman
Defensive End
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6-6, 215 lbs.
Pickerington, OH (Pickerington Central)

Top247: 922 | 52 WDE
247 Sports Composite: 866 | 52 WDE
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 73 DE
Scout: — | 54 DE

 

Gunnar Hoak
Pro-Style Quarterback
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6-4, 190 lbs.
Dublin, OH (Dublin Coffman)

Top247: 1070 | 51 PS-QB
247 Sports Composite: 868 | 38 PS-QB
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 15 PS-QB (****)
Scout: — | 35 QB

 

Ben Snell
Running Back
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5-11, 200 lbs.
Westerville, OH (Westerville Central)

Top247: 640 | 45 RB
247 Sports Composite: 874 | 60 RB
Rivals: —
ESPN: —
Scout: — | 49 RB

 

Roland Walder
Linebacker
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6-3, 230 lbs.
Dayton, OH (Trotwood-Madison)

Top247: 760 | 27 ILB
247 Sports Composite: 898 | 34 ILB
Rivals: — | 39 OLB
ESPN: —
Scout: —

 

Zy’Aire Hughes
Athlete
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6-1, 180 lbs.
Paducah, KY (McCracken County)

Top247: 892 | 65 ATH
247 Sports Composite: 902 | 64 ATH
Rivals: —
ESPN: — | 56 ATH
Scout: — | 45 ATH

 

Kordell Looney
Defensive Tackle
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6-4, 285 lbs.
Springfield, OH (Springfield)

Top247: 1062 | 66 DT
247 Sports Composite: 925 | 62 DT
Rivals: — | 46 DT
ESPN: — | 50 DT
Scout: — | 32 DT

 

Davonte Robinson
Cornerback
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6-1, 165 lbs.
Lexington, KY (Henry Clay)

Top247: 899 | 85 CB
247 Sports Composite: 1097 | 106 CB
Rivals: —
ESPN: —
Scout: — | 36 CB

 

Asim (A.J.) Rose
Athlete
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6-2, 185 lbs.
Cleveland, OH (Garfield Heights)

Top247: 773 | 56 ATH
247 Sports Composite: 1074 | 76 ATH
Rivals: — | 26 RB
ESPN: — | 48 ATH
Scout: —

 

Luke Fortner
Offensive Line
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6-5, 278 lbs.
Sylvania, OH (Sylvania Northview)

Top247: 776 | 67 OT
247 Sports Composite: 1370 | 112 OT
Rivals: — | 5 C
ESPN: —
Scout: —

 

Justin Rigg
Tight End
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6-6, 240 lbs.
Springboro, OH (Springboro)

Top247: 923 | 41 TE
247 Sports Composite: 1403 | 58 TE
Rivals: —
ESPN: —
Scout: —

 

Ja’Quize Cross
Defensive Tackle
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6-3, 292 lbs.
New Market, AL (Buckhorn)

Top247: 1165 | 70 DT
247 Sports Composite: 1472 | 87 DT
Rivals: —
ESPN: —
Scout: — | 82 DT

 

Grant KcKinniss
Punter
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6-1, 190 lbs.
Findlay, OH (Findlay)

Top247: 1821 | 4 P
247 Sports Composite: 2232 | 4 P
Rivals: —
ESPN: —
Scout: —

 

Kayaune Ross
Wide Receiver (JUCO)
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6-4, 220 lbs.
Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix C.C.)

Top247: 40 | 11 WR (JC)
247 Sports Composite: 71 | 16 WR (JC)
Rivals: —
ESPN: —
Scout: —


Where Are They Now: Micah Johnson

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Kentucky’s Mr. Football in 2005 chose to stay home and attend the University of Kentucky as one of the top linebackers in the nation.

As a true freshman in 2006, Micah Johnson recorded 29 tackles and later was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team. Johnson made a surprise appearance at running back in the Music City Bowl, scoring a Kentucky’s first touchdown of the game from the one-yard line in the win over Clemson.

In his sophomore season, Johnson recorded 58 tackles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. As a junior, Johnson finished second on the team in tackles with 93, the best season of his career. Received multiple All-SEC honors, including first team by the SEC coaches, second team by Rivals.com and honorable mentions by the Associated Press. In his final season at Kentucky, Johnson recorded a career-high and team-leading 105 tackles and one sack. Johnson played in a total of 49 games as a Wildcat, finishing with a total of 285 tackles, 23.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Manuel Johnson (15) runs for yardage against the Miami Dolphins linebacker Micah Johnson (57) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

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The New York Giants signed Johnson as an underrated free agent following the 2010 NFL Draft. Johnson was waived on June 21, 2010. The Miami Dolphins signed Johnson in August, where he played in one game and recorded one special teams tackle. Johnson was later waived and was signed to the practice squad of the Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson also spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers’ practice squads.

After an unsuccessful NFL career, the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League signed Johnson as a free agent on May 27, 2013. Johnson played in 12 games in at defensive tackle in his first season. He recorded a total of 16 tackles, two sacks and an interception in Johnson started six games in second season in Calgary, totaling 19 tackles and three sacks. After injuring himself in Game 7, he was placed on the six-game injury list, where he currently stands for the 2015 season.

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Johnson plays along other notable Kentucky football alumni, including DeQuin Evans and Garry Williams. The Stampeders are 1-1 in the 2015 season.