Greetings, friends. I expect many of you are headed back to the office today, and for those of you that aren’t, don’t rub it in too much. Shoutout to these two fine Kentucky fans for reppin’ the Cats up in New York City. After sweating through 75 degree temps yesterday, the sight of snow is a little surreal.
Let’s go over today’s agenda, shall we?
1. ICYMI, Kentucky got a football commitment yesterday
Three-star cornerback Yusuf Corker chose Kentucky over Tennessee, South Carolina, and Michigan State. The commitment came as a bit of a surprise, since Corker was considered a lock to Tennessee by most until the last minute. In terms of talent, Corker is a big get; he’s considered the 38th best cornerback in his class by 247 Sports Composite, and is actually the cousin of former UK running back Raymond Sanders. Landing him is also big when you look at the competition. It’s not every day Kentucky beats out Tennessee, South Carolina, and Michigan State.
2. The staff is going to have to stay on him until Signing Day
After reading an interview Corker did with Rivals’ Brandon Simmons, I feel a little less confident this commitment will stick until Signing Day in February. Don’t get me wrong; Corker said some great things about his connection with UK’s coaches and how comfortable he felt in Lexington, but he also said he plans to take three more official visits, meaning this battle has just begun.
“I’m still keeping my recruiting process open. This is just so I can secure a spot. Right now Kentucky’s the best spot for me right now but I’ll still take three of my official visits.”
Let’s hope Kentucky’s still the best spot for Corker on February 1st.
3. Kentucky’s 2017 class is now 19th in the country
With eight commitments since the Louisville win, Kentucky’s recruiting mojo is sky high. The 2017 class is now ranked 19th in the country by Rivals, 23rd by 247 Sports.
Keep in mind, there are several four-stars still out there that Kentucky’s trying to grab, such as athlete Lynn Bowden, wide receiver Danny Davis, offensive lineman Thayer Munford, and wide receiver Kevaughn Dingle.
4. Meanwhile, the team is getting settled in Jacksonville
After arriving on Sunday, the team went through their first practice at the University of North Florida Monday afternoon. Here are a few highlights of the action to remind you football is coming:
Great day of work under the sun here in Jacksonville!
— UK Stoops Troops (@UKStoopsTroops) December 26, 2016
Last night they had fun at Dave & Busters, footage of which you can see here.
5. Today: more practice, more fishing, and the welcome dinner
The team will practice again this afternoon, followed by the official team welcome dinner at the Sawgrass Marriott at 6:30 p.m. In between all of that, I expect Kash Daniel will do some more fishing in the pond outside the hotel, because I’m pretty sure that’s all he’s done in his free time so far:
Props to you if you make it through that entire video. I watched until the third time Kash got his line hung up on the shore and then tried to blame it on Landon Young.
6. Camp Cal is back in session
Last night, the team reassembled on campus and had an evening practice. On his radio show, John Calipari said the break helped his team come back in with a fresh perspective, and that they’ll focus on defense in the morning practice and scrimmage at night. Cal’s hoping the scrimmages will improve shot selection, pick and roll defense, and show him who sees the floor the best. I hope for all three of those things as well.
7. Hamidou Diallo is still on campus
Kentucky Official Visit 🔵⚪️
— Hamidou diallo (@Diallo1Hamidou) December 27, 2016
Diallo started his official visit yesterday. His situation is a unique one in that he can enroll as soon as the spring semester (so, a week or so from now), although with a team as loaded at guard as Kentucky’s, you have to wonder if he went with that option, if he would choose the Cats over UConn and Arizona. He can also go to the school of his choosing and sit out the spring semester but still be able to practice against the team, and play next year. For a detailed rundown of his options, check out my post from yesterday.
While we’re on recruiting…
8. Trae Young sported a UK sweatshirt on Christmas Day
Shoutout to @for tipping us off to Trae Young sporting a UK hoodie while in the car with his family on Christmas day. Many believe UK’s chances with Young aren’t so great now that they have both Quade Green and Shai Alexander, but I’m not so sure. Young’s dad insists UK’s other commitments will have no bearing on his son’s decision, and Young himself mentions UK an awful lot on social media, most recently when he congratulated his friend Jarred Vanderbilt on his commitment last Friday.
9. We started “The OA” last night
“The OA” is Netflix’s latest original series, and last night, we gave it a shot, watching the first two episodes. So far, I’m intrigued, although it’s definitely not as charming as “Stranger Things.” I asked about the show on Twitter before we started it and man, it’s polarizing isn’t it? Half of you loved it, half of you hated it. I’m not in either camp yet, but I’ll let you know after a few more episodes.
10. Today is the day we finally unveil the new KSR App
If things go according to plan, you could get a belated Christmas gift from the KSR crew in the form of a new mobile app. I’ve played around with the new app for a few weeks and it’s much, much better than the old one, and easier to navigate. The plan is to roll it out this morning, but stay tuned and be patient as we try to get our baby off the ground.
Matt, Ryan, and Shannon are back in studio today to catch up before they leave for Jacksonville, so make sure you’re around your radio or streaming devices an hour from now.