A bizarre photo, yes. But it encompasses the leaning nature of the recruits and Cats, too…. Sorry, I’ll do better next time.
Yesterday, I listed five (well, six) recruits, although long shot signees, that could sport the blue and white next season. There’s no reason to think that the new coaching staff can’t sign those players, but, today, I’ll give you a list of players that Mark Stoops and company have a better chance of landing in their first class.
40 time: 4.35
High School: Franklin County (KY)
Overview: Timmons took an unofficial visit to Kentucky a couple of weeks ago and, reportedly, enjoyed himself. He attended the basketball game vs. Lipscomb, met with coach Stoops and watched tape with new offensive coordinator, Neal Brown. A tailback at Franklin County (KY), Timmons figures to play wide receiver at the next level. Timmons’ speed is what makes him such a sought after prospect. In every highlight of his high school tape, he simply blows by players that are trying to tackle him. It’s pretty remarkable. Timmons also displays great hands, decent route running and superior instincts. Obviously, landing Timmons would be a huge win for Kentucky. He’s a perfect fit for the Air Raid offense because he can play any skill position (think Percy Harvin and Randall Cobb on their respective NFL teams), and because of his speed, he’d be a problem for almost anyone trying to defend him. Timmons is also considering Ohio State (yet to offer), Illinois, and Arkansas.
40 time: 4.40
High School: Copley (OH)
Overview: You wanted Kentucky to be a bigger player in Ohio recruiting? You got it. Turner recently decommitted from Cincinnati to explore other options, namely Kentucky and Tennessee. On the field, there are actually a lot of similarities between Turner and Timmons. Both played tailback in high school but have the hands and instincts to play wide receiver in college. Turner has elite speed as well, clocking in with a 4.4 40-yard dash time. You can never have too much speed on your football team and landing Turner would definitely add to that department. Turner will take an official visit to Kentucky on January 11th.
High School: Wayne (OH)
Overview: With the tandem of Warford and Smith heading for the NFL, there’s a definite void in the interior of the Cats’ offensive line. Peterson, a two-way player in high school (defensive tackle), will play either center or guard at the next level. Looking at his tape, his main objective in the running game is to absolutely punish linebackers… and he does it well. Peterson is an aggressive, interchangeable offensive lineman that would be a great signing. He also recently made a trip to Lexington:
Besides UK, Peterson is considering West Virginia and Illinois.
Weight: 305 lbs
High School: Troup County (GA)
Overview: A two-way player, Swain looks more comfortable at defensive tackle than offensive tackle. At 6’6, 305 lbs. he’s already got the size of an SEC defensive lineman taken care of. Swain is relentless in both pass-rushing and run-stuffing. He played almost every position on his high school defensive line, but looks to be most comfortable at the 3-technique position. Kentucky has always struggled signing guys that are already ready for conference play when they arrive in Lexington, so landing Swain will be a welcomed change. Swain is also considering Cincinnati and Indiana.
40 time: 4.5
High School: Cypress Bay (FL)
Overview: Joseph was part of a Florida DB contingent that visited Kentucky this summer. Joseph, the Alexander Brothers and Purdue-commit Austin Logan all visited the Kentucky facilities. The Wildcats still have a chance to land three out of the four recruits, which would shore up the Kentucky secondary for years to come. Joseph is a physical corner who loves to help in the run game. He forces fumbles and has a nose the football, too. Joseph is familiar with Kentucky from his prior visit, something that only help the new coaching staff’s pursuit.