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Amy’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

Amy’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

On Sunday, my husband and I saw “Amy,” a new documentary about the late Amy Winehouse. Since Amy died in 2011, there have been several documentaries and shows about her, but this one was different in that it was told in her own words through unseen videos of Amy throughout her life. Award-winning director Asif Kapadia, known primarily for his 2010 documentary “Senna,” directed the film, and carefully crafted a stirring and sad portrait of Amy’s life using home videos and TV clips of Amy through time, along with interviews with her closest friends and unheard tracks.

We all know Amy’s story and the tragic ending, but, as only a casual Amy Winehouse fan, I don’t think I anticipated how moved I’d be by seeing it told on screen four years after her death. Seeing Amy’s inevitable demise unfold is especially troubling in retrospect when you realize how much of an impact fame and the media had on her fall. Kapadia includes clips from TV comedians making jokes about Amy’s addictions, including a particularly cringe-worthy one from George Lopez. (As with everything, probably unfair to judge him now on that, but still.) And don’t even get me started on Blake.

The film isn’t exactly a happy-go-lucky pick me up, but I’m glad I saw it for the simple fact that it reminded me just how much I loved her music. I’ll kick things off this morning with my favorite, her cover of The Zutons’ “Valerie”:

That’ll be in your head the rest of the day. You’re welcome. Speaking of that day, here’s what to expect:

Football momentum continues to build

Yesterday, 2017 three-star quarterback Mac Jones committed to Kentucky, getting the ball rolling on what could be a big week for the football program. Tomorrow night, three-star defensive tackle Kobe Smith will decide between Miami and Kentucky, and we’re hearing VERY good things about Kentucky’s chances. Like “get your dice ready” things. In addition, we’re also hearing there may be another 2017 commitment in the works.

After a slow end to the 2015 class, recruiting has picked up major momentum and is now full steam ahead. Speaking of…

Jamar “Boogie” Watson will announce his decision on August 6th

The football “Boogie” tweeted out that his finalists are Kentucky, Virginia, and Old Dominion, and he plans to announce his decision on August 6th. The 6’2″ 220 lbs. outside linebacker visited UK on July 18th and we’re hearing the staff is very, very high on him. Although he hasn’t played football that long, his athleticism is off the charts, and this staff has a knack for discovering talent early on.

Kent Bulle tees off in the Kentucky Open

Bulle and his caddy Aaron Flener are KSR family, so if you have nothing better to do, go on out to Keene Trace in Lexington to cheer him on. Drew will be following them around all day as well, so remind him to put on sunscreen from time to time. Nobody wants a sunburnt blogger.

You’ll vote for Kendra Harrison for the Bowerman Award again

The senior hurdles star is the first Bowerman finalist in UK Track & Field history, with two NCAA individual championships and 15 All-American selections. She’s the third-fastest collegian ever in the 100M and 400M hurdles, and you can help her win the prestigious award by clicking here. Voting continues through August 11 and you can vote as many times as you want. We got this, Kendra.

Congrats to the KSR-sponsored South Lexington Blue All-Stars on their third-place finish at the Bluegrass State Games

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The South Lexington Blue All-Stars won third place, beating The Sluggers (Berea, KY), 11-10, with a walk-off triple in the last at bat. The South Lexington Red All-Stars won first place, beating Southeastern, 11-4, in the championship game. Pizza’s on Matt the next time you see him, kids.

KSR is at the Don Moore GM Center in Owensboro

You ready, Western Kentucky?


2017 QB commits to Kentucky

Mark Stoops picked up his first commitment in the 2017 class today when Mac Jones, a three-star quarterback from Jacksonville, announced he will be a Wildcat.

Jones is the No. 20 pro-style quarterback in the 247 Composite Rankings.

Yahtzee.


Kobe Smith to announce Wednesday night

Kentucky is in great position to land a commitment from Kobe Smith when he announces his decision Wednesday night. The three-star defensive tackle decommitted from N.C. State while in Lexington earlier this month, but named the Wolfpack in his three final schools, along with Miami.

Considering a re-commitment to N.C. State is very unlikely, it comes down to UK and the U in the end. We’re hearing very good things about Mark Stoops’ chances in landing the massive defensive lineman out of Georgia.

At 6-foot -4, 300 pounds, Smith is the No. 44 defensive tackle in the 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

Can we get a Yahtzee?


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Cats Make Kobe Smith’s Top Three

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Last week’s Lexington visit for Kobe Smith ended with some bad news – for N.C. State fans.  The 3-star defensive tackle from Lawrenceville, Georgia decommitted from the Wolfpack and a pro-UK announcement was inevitable.

Smith has not pledged to UK just yet, despite a Crystal Ball that reads 100% for UK, but Kentucky did make his Top Three.  The Cats have gotten plenty of big bodies on the offensive side of the ball in 2016, but they could use Smith’s 6’3″ 320-pound body on the defensive side of the ball.

Watch him do work.


Tobias Gilliam is all in with Kentucky

Three-star cornerback Tobias Gilliam confirmed today on Twitter he will be a Wildcat in 2016 and his recruitment is over. Gilliam, who Drake Jackson said is the centerpiece of the Ohio bunch, has been drawing attention from other schools, but he’s all in with Kentucky.

Here’s what he posted on Twitter:


UK commit picks up offer from Auburn

Back off, Auburn.

The Tigers extended a scholarship offer to Jordan Griffin, the three-star cornerback out of Georgia who is currently committed to Kentucky. Griffin visited Auburn yesterday and left with an offer from the SEC West powerhouse.

The second player to commit to UK from the 2016 class, Griffin insists he is still all in with Kentucky; however, he will go through the recruiting process and plans to attend a game at Auburn this fall.

I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit. Football recruiting is cruel.


Sleep Outfitters’ Thursday Recruiting Roundup

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Here’s what’s happening in the recruiting world today…

 

 

  Keion Wakefield considered UK before picking Louisville today.

According to Steve Jones over at the Courier-Journal, Wakefield closely considered the University of Kentucky, that is, until he saw all of Mark Stoops’ wide receiver commits. That logjam was one of the factors that made Louisville the final choice today.

Wakefield is the younger brother of Keron Wakefield, a walk-on cornerback at UK last season. Keron is still a student at UK, but was seen wearing a UofL hat after baby brother’s announcement earlier today.

  Tate Leavitt ranked No. 8 overall in Rivals.com’s new JUCO rankings.

UK’s new offensive lineman is ranked fourth at his position and eighth overall in the class.

Kayaune Ross, another Kentucky commit, is the ninth-ranked JUCO wide receiver and the No. 58 player nationally.

  Brad Calipari is trying to make his own name.

Over at Bleacher Report, there’s a lengthy piece about Brad Calipari and how he is working hard to get out from underneath his dad’s shadow. Brad has his eyes set on playing college basketball, but only if it’s earned, not handed to him. He also hopes to play overseas one day.

The younger Calipari will be a senior at MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts next year. He is playing for the Kentucky Travelers on the EYBL circuit this summer, when he’s not playing pickup with current and former Wildcats in the Joe Craft Center.

Give it a read here.

  John Calipari is in Las Vegas.

He posed for a picture with Ray Allen and Allen’s awesome shirt this morning.

Last night, he and Kenny Payne watched several of his top targets in Las Vegas, where there are four AAU events this week. Among the many players he saw: Kobi Simmons, Malik Monk, Dennis Smith Jr., Thon Maker and Edrice Adebayo.

  Class of 2017’s Mohamed Bamba finds UK appealing.

Bamba is a long, athletic big man in the 2017 class, which explains why Kentucky has his attention. He’s seen the success of Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and other great UK bigs, and thinks he could be next.

“What’s appealing is the guys who went to Kentucky that are sort of like me,” Bamba told ZagsBlog. “The stretch four, a 6-11 shot-blocker. What’s appealing is how those guys can have a really effective year and go right to the league.”

Bamba is the second-ranked power forward in the 2017 class, the sixth-ranked player overall.

 

Now go buy a mattress.


Keion Wakefield pulled the ol’ switcharoo

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Keion Wakefield, a three-star wide receiver out of Louisville, chose his hometown Cardinals over your University of Kentucky Wildcats this afternoon. That’s fine. Do you, man.

Our only problem with the whole thing is the way he announced his decision. Wakefield picked up the UK hat, acted like he was putting it on his head, then dropped it for the UofL flatbill.

Now we’ve got beef.

DID THIS HALF-HUG MEAN NOTHING TO YOU???


Davonte Robinson says he’s “all in” on his commitment to Kentucky

Davonte Robinson may not be as heralded as some of his fellow 2016 UK commits, but his stock is on the rise. The Henry Clay cornerback committed to UK in October, but has been picking up offers and interest from major programs ever since, including Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have been particularly persistent in their recruitment of Robinson, who was supposed to visit South Bend on Monday.

In an interview with the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts, Robinson says he canceled the visit to Notre Dame because of a “scheduling conflict,” but assured fans that he’s “all in” on the Cats.

“Oh, I’m all in,” he said emphatically. “I still want to go on my visits, because that’s every kid’s dream. But I bleed blue.

“We’re definitely going to change the game. I know that for sure. Hopefully we’ll be a top-10 class by next year when we graduate.”

It’s worth mentioning that Robinson spent the weekend at UK for a 7-on-7 camp with his fellow 2016 commits, and according to his high school coach Sam Simpson had a “heck of a day.”

[Herald-Leader]


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Let’s take a look at the top recruiting headlines floating around Big Blue Nation, beginning with a sick dunk from a potential future Cat…

 

  Watch Miles Bridges throw down this nasty windmill off the glass at the Nike Global Challenge.

Bridges, one of UK’s top targets in the 2016 class, had a nasty dunk over the weekend at the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago. Watch the dunk and the reaction it draws from his teammates:

Filthy.

  ICYMI: Kentucky made Harry Giles’ top five.

Giles trimmed his list from eight to five last night, eliminating Ohio State, Syracuse and UNLV for UK, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Kansas.

The No. 1 player in the class hopes to make a decision before beginning his senior season at Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina, but he won’t force it if he’s not ready.

  Markelle Fultz plans to read Rick Pitino’s book soon.

Fultz told Scout.com he plans to pick up a copy of Pitino’s “The One Day Contract” soon and give it a read:

One of the top targets in the Class of 2016 – Markelle Fultz – said a recent conversation with Pitino has him going out to purchase the most recent book the Hall of Fame coach published – “The One Day Contract.”

“Im going to read it for sure,” Fultz said. “I have a good relationship with coach Pitino. He’s such a good guy. I was talking with him and he was telling me about it. He didn’t say go read it, but I think it would be good for me.

“He told me if you live you life on a one-day contract, that’s how you get the best out of life. I really think that’s something I need to read and I think it’s something that can help me in life.” [Cardinal Authority]

The five-star guard, who recently said no offer means more than the one he got from Kentucky, is also considering UofL. If he were to somehow end up there, he can count on following Pitino’s advice toward another one-day contract… in the NBA.

  Davonte Robinson to visit Notre Dame this week.

Lexington’s Davonte Robinson, a UK commit, plans to visit Notre Dame this week. The three-star cornerback from Henry Clay committed to Kentucky last October, then received an offer from Notre Dame in the spring and is at least taking a look at the Irish. Robinson was at UK’s camp over the weekend and was going to visit South Bend yesterday, but that visit has been postposed to later this week.

  Can Kentucky land Kobe Smith soon?

The three-star defensive tackle decommitted from NC State while visiting Lexington on Friday. The Cats are certainly among his leaders at this point and the staff needs to strike while the iron is hot, although a message from Smith on Twitter suggests he wants to take his time with the process.

  Tate Leavitt looks great in a UK uniform.

Kentucky’s offensive line is going to be LOADED with size, strength and talent in a couple years.


Jedrick Wills Makes the ESPN Jr300

Jedrick Wills, an OT out of Lafayette High School, was bumped up to a five-star prospect in Rivals.com’s 2017 rankings earlier this month and now the analysts at ESPN are showing him some love too. ESPN/Scout released their Junior 300 today which is  rankings of , you guessed it, the top 300 juniors in America. Jedrick Wills was the only Kentuckian to make the list, coming in at #81.

Wills is a teammate of all-American UK commit Landon Young which means Lafayette’s 3 star quarterback, Walker Wood, has the easiest job in the state. Oh and by the way Wills was one of the attendees of this past weekend’s Friday Night Lights camp that produced two commitments. With Kentucky quickly becoming Offensive Lineman U, Jedrick Wills could be the next big thing in Lexington but to get him Stoops is going to need to beat Alabama, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Louisville and Notre Dame, among others.

It wouldn’t be the first time.


Anthony Johnson postpones decision after visit to UK

 

Among the many visitors to UK’s campus this past weekend was Anthony Johnson, a three-star cornerback from Euclid, Ohio. Johnson told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt that he was prepared to make a commitment to Kentucky during his visit, but apparently was told Kentucky’s already full at his position.

“They were only taking three defensive backs and I didn’t know that,” Johnson said. “Two of the defensive backs committed before I got the offer. Then, Tobias (Gilliam) committed two weeks after I got my offer from Kentucky.”

Johnson’s now looking at other offers, namely Cincinnati, but has no timeline for his decision.

This development tells me two things: 1) Stoops finally feels comfortable with the depth he has in the class at cornerback, an area that’s plagued the team the past few years; and 2) he also feels confident in Davonte Robinson’s commitment. The Henry Clay cornerback committed to Kentucky last October, but picked up an offer from Notre Dame in April. He was set to visit Notre Dame last week, but delayed the visit to go to UK for the 7-on-7 passing camp instead. Hopefully being around his fellow 2016 commits reinforced that “stay home and be a hero” feeling.

[Rivals]


Thank you Vince Marrow.

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The Ohio to Kentucky pipeline continues, thanks to Vince Marrow and his unprecedented recruiting skills. When asked by the Zanesville Times Recorder what sold him to Kentucky, Tate Leavitt credited his trust in Coach Stoops and Coach Marrow and the opportunity to play early. 

“The number one thing that I’ve said from day one is that I had to go somewhere where I could play. Comfort level was number two,” said Leavitt. “I thought I had a good idea on my unofficial visit there. I sat in the car in a parking lot with my dad, my brother, and my grandpa for about 40 to 45 minutes. I said then that I really like the place, and I was only there for five hours.”

The former Sheridan HS offensive lineman also liked the connection that the coaches have to his former high school.

“Coach Marrow and Coach Stoops all played in the 1987 state championship game against Sheridan when they were at Youngstown Mooney. Coach Marrow played with (former Sheridan QB) Kevin Meger at Toldeo. You never know how things work out sometimes.”

Leavitt is Kentucky’s 13th recruit (including Kayaune Ross) out of Ohio in the 2016 class, all of whom have been primarily recruited by Marrow.

At the SEC Media Days earlier this month, Stoops said, “You look right over to Southern Ohio and we treat that almost as in-state as well. It’s so close, it just makes sense, the quality of football that’s in Ohio makes sense so Southern Ohio is a no-brainer. As you move to Central and Northern Ohio it just makes sense. That’s where I grew up, I still have quite a few contacts and again I believe in the football there.”

The 2016 Kentucky class currently sits at #11 on 247 Sports.


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What people are saying about Tate Leavitt.

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In case you haven’t heard, Kentucky got a huge Yahtzee yesterday with the commitment of JUCO OT Tate Leavitt out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. The Ohio native, measuring in at 6’6″ and around 300 lbs., will be an immediate impact player when we arrives on campus in January. Known as one of the best JUCO linemen in the nation, Leavitt will be in the running for the starting left tackle position next spring.

Here’s what people are saying about Kentucky’s latest get:

“[Leavitt] is country strong. He can bulldoze his way through defensive lineman with the best of them. His strength and power is readily apparent as he drives downfield on his blocks very well, sometimes even 20-30 yards from the line of scrimmage.” – Derek Young, Scout.com 

“Getting a guy like Leavitt, who’s more physically mature and has college experience and has a lot of qualities you want in a Power 5 prospect, is big for them. What [Kentucky] is doing helps both the immediate future and the long-term future of your program.” – JC Shurburtt, 247Sports.com

[Leavitt] is one of Kentucky’s biggest commitments to date, literally and figuratively. ” -Brian Eldridge, Scout.com 

“Big-time get. Readymade OT, who was already bonding with recruits last night, helping teach technique on his visit. Leavitt has NFL body.” -Jeff Drummond, AllWildcats.com 

Kentucky might be putting together the best O-line recruiting class in the country. And Leavitt, top JUCO prospect, should help right away.” – Kyle Tucker, Courier-journal.com

“You’ve got to have a left tackle that can protect the quarterback and he can do that. He will be able to play from day one.” -Freddie Maggard, KSR 

And finally,

The Kentucky pipeline from Ohio continues full steam ahead. With Leavitt’s commitment, Rivals.com has UK sitting pretty in the #12 spot in the recruiting ranks and 247 Sports has the Cats coming in at #11, fourth in the SEC behind LSU, Bama, and Ole Miss.

Only 48 days until football season. Go Cats.


Kobe Smith Has Decomitted From NC State

The offensive line seems to be in pretty good shape for next season. So now Stoops has moved on to the other side of the ball. Kobe Smith, a 6’4 295 defensive tackle from Lawrenceville, Georgia, is currently on campus to attend the football camps that the Wildcats have been hosting. He came into Lexington after committing to the NC State Wolfpack in late May. KSR has learned he won’t be leaving that way. News broke tonight that Kobe has decommitted from NC State and of course it is no coincidence it happened while he is visiting UK.

Smith has been blowing up this summer as he has added offers from Miami, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Mississippi State among others. Kentucky has been after the 3-star recruit for a bit longer with Andy Buh leading the charge. Could we be rolling the dice once again before the weekend is finished? Stay tuned.