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Where In The World Is Mark Stoops?

 

As I stated earlier, bye week is usually a boring, disappointing time for fans. Watching a college football Saturday isn’t the same knowing that the ‘Cats haven’t played or will later in the day. However for coaches, especially with the staff that Mark Stoops has created, this bye week is a chance to get out and see some recruits that they normally wouldn’t have the time to check out.

Tonight, Mark Stoops is spending his bye week Saturday in Ohio (shocking development) watching the #1 ranked high school in the nation, St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) face off against perennial Ohio and national power, Cincinnati Elder. Kentucky already has a commitment from 4-Star WR Alex Stump of St. Edward, and are also in on twins Andrew and David Dowell of St. Edward, both 4-star players at RB and Safety respectively. Clearly having a good connection to a team ranked #1 in the nation, that usually sends 4 or more players to Division 1 football every season is a fantastic thing for Kentucky football.

Stoops.


Watch Damien Harris accept his Under Armour All-American jersey

Damien Harris was formally introduced as an Under Armour All-American yesterday in a ceremony at Madison Southern High School. You can see the video of his jersey presentation in the video above from the good people at Under Armour.

As you can see, Harris is a very well-spoken young man and he’s not too shabby at carrying the pigskin too. He’ll make a great Kentucky Wildcat one day.


Stoops and Marrow going to see the Dowell Twins this weekend

Four-star safety David and his twin four-star running back Andrew Dowell are two of Kentucky’s top prospects in the 2015 class, and with a bye weekend ahead of them, Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow are making them a priority. 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong is reporting that Stoops and Marrow will attend the Lakewood (Ohio) vs. St. Edward-Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder game Saturday, where they’ll get a chance to see four-star receiver commit Alex Stump and his twin teammates, the Dowell brothers.

The Dowell twins, formerly committed to Northwestern, are down to Kentucky, Vandy, and Wisconsin. David is considered the 16th best safety in his class and Andrew the 25th best running back by 247 Sports Composite. They visited Kentucky on August 2, and the Cats are currently the 54% favorite in their Crystal Ball.

Watch them goof off in their school’s parody of a SportsCenter commercial:

[247 Sports]


How the UK recruits and commits fared: 9/12

Damien Harris- Ran for 321 yards on 19 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the Madison Southern’s 49-35 win last Friday night. Tons of UK fans showed up to watch Harris completely take over the game.

Zy’Aire Hughes- McCracken County did not play a game last weekend.

Eli Brown- Had three carries for 93 yards, one of which was an 86-yard touchdown run. Warren East beat Ohio County in a 63-0 blowout.

Jordan Jones- His team (Cardinal Mooney) beat (Akron) Ohio Buchtel by a score of 31-0.

CJ Conrad- He was covered by a double team all night long and did not get a reception in the game. His team lost 14-0 to Galion (Ohio).

Alex Stump- Stump had five catches and two touchdowns in a 42-0 St. Edward win.

Keion Wakefield- Had 4 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-12 rout of Jeffersontown.

Quinton Baker- Ran for 3 touchdowns in a 29-27 loss to Russell County last weekend.

Jabari Greenwood- Greenwood had four catches for 96 yards and caught a 57-yard screen pass for a touchdown. His team won 38-3 and improved to 3-0 on the season.

Darius Fullwood- Fullwood had four tackles in the game, and two were for a loss. His team won 23-0 and improved to 3-0 on the season.

Ryan Davis- Had 15 carries for 153 yards in 39-22 loss against St. Petersburg (Florida).

Drake Jackson- Woodford County lost a close game at home against Marion County by a score of 30-29.


Damien Harris might take his official visit to UK for the Vandy game

You want some Damien Harris scoop? I GOT SOME DAMIEN HARRIS SCOOP! According to Alex Davis of Kentucky Preps, Harris may take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend for the Vanderbilt game. Harris told Davis that Kentucky wants him to take his official when UK plays North Carolina in basketball on December 13, but that’s the day Harris is planning to announce his decision, and therefore outside of his timetable. Now, he’s eying next weekend’s contest against Vandy for his official trip to Lexington.

Next Saturday’s game just got even bigger. For the love of God, y’all, #PackCommonwealth.

[KyPreps]


Harris accepts Under Armour All-American jersey, says UK and Ohio State aren’t his two leaders

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Damien Harris was presented with an Under Armour All-American jersey this morning and it provided an opportunity for him to speak to the media about being Damien Harris.

Much was said in the press conference, but the most newsworthy note from the morning came from his response to a question asking if he is down to Kentucky and Ohio State. Harris told reporters they are not his top two schools and he does not have a leader at this point. He said it’s unfair to put the Cats and Buckeyes ahead of Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M when predicting the status of his top five. He said he is sitting back and waiting to see how things play out.

Congrats on being named Under Armour All-American, Damien. Now come on down.


Damien Harris’ new 2014 highlight reel proves giving the ball to Damien Harris simply isn’t fair

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Damien Harris is only three and a half games into his senior season of football at Madison Southern and he already has an amazing highlight reel of plays on YouTube. With over 900 yards on the ground for 12 touchdowns on 53 touches, Harris is proving that, not only is he worthy of his No. 1 ranking, but giving him the football simply isn’t fair.


2016 4-star CB Craig Watts puts Kentucky in his top three

Craig Watts is a 2016 four-star cornerback from St. Petersburg, Florida, and according to the Tampa Tribune’s Lynden Ostrander, he’s narrowed his list to three and the Cats made the cut, along with Ohio State and Florida. Watts is considered the 14th best cornerback in the 2016 class by Rivals, and the 229th best player overall. Ostrander says Watts will make his decision “soon.”

Until then, watch him work:


Top recruits say thriller against Florida has them believing in Stoops

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Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Kentucky didn’t leave Gainesville with a win on Saturday night, but they did earn some respect. Taking the Gators to three overtimes opened the eyes of many in the national media and showed the nation’s elite recruits that Stoops has the program going in the right direction. I contacted a few of UK’s top recruits on Twitter to get their reaction to the game, and I think you’ll like their answers.

Tavin Richardson is a three-star wide receiver from South Carolina, and the Cats are in his top four, along with Louisville, UCF, and Nebraska. Richardson says UK has been recruiting him harder than any school, and he’ll take his final official visit to Lexington on December 14. The 6’3″ 200 lbs. Richardson said UK’s performance has him believing in Stoops. “I thought their performance was great, had some mistakes but they gave them a good game and play hard!” Tavin said. “Yes that does make me believe in Stoops and what he is doing for that program and the future will be great!”

2016 offensive lineman Drake Jackson is the best center in his class, and has made it well known that UK is his leader. The Woodford County native has offers from the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, and considerable interest from Ohio State, but says UK’s effort against Florida “solidified” his belief in Stoops and the program. “I loved the game. I believed in Coach Stoops beforehand, but the performance solidified it. The offensive line had a great performance.”

CJ Conrad is one of Kentucky’s highest rated commitments so far in the 2015 class, and borrowed a phrase from Patrick Towles when he said UK’s performance showcased “the new Kentucky football”: “I wasn’t really surprised because I knew we were on the rise. It’s the new Kentucky football and people should get used to us competing in games like that because Coach Stoops is doing an awesome job with this program.”

We believe.


Wake Forest sends UK recruit a Kim Kardashian photoshop

Kengera Daniel is a three-star defensive end from Raleigh, North Carolina, and currently, Kentucky is among his favorites, along with Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, NC State, Tennessee, UVA, and Wake Forest. Daniel is considered the 23rd best weak-side defensive end in the 2015 class, and his Crystal Ball currently sits at 81% UK, 10% Florida State, 5% Wake Forest, and 5% Alabama. Wake Forest may seem like the outlier among those schools, but the Demon Deacons are still in it because they’re close to home. This morning, Wake threw a Hail Mary when they sent Daniel this Kim Kardashian photoshop.

Now, there’s A LOT going on here. First, the photoshopping is pretty amateur, but I found Wake Forest trying to call the ACC “the real power conference in college football” much more offensive. The “KimGera,” a spoof of “Kimye,” is laughable, as is the fact that an esteemed academic institution such as Wake Forest has resorted to using Kim Kardashian as a recruiting object. As far as famous people recruiting photoshops go, the Beyonce one Tennessee sent Shy Tuttle was much better.

Good job, good effort, Wake.


Tweet Beat: Harris and More Sound Off on Loss

Last night’s game was trending all through the evening as Kentucky and Florida put on the game of the night. Despite coming up short all of Big Blue Nation was proud of the grit and determination shown by the team. Here’s a bit of what recruits, commits, and more had to say:

That tweet led commit George Asafo-Adeji to tell Damien to join the cause:

Coach Cal was feeling for his fellow Coach

Let’s support them indeed! Dwayne Peevy wants to pack Commonwealth in two weeks.

The current and future players got fired up too.

Very dangerous,the Cats are going to break down the door of the SEC sooner rather than later.

Kentucky is being talked about in football for all the right reasons.


Photo Gallery: Damien Harris dazzles at Dunbar

Photo Gallery: Damien Harris dazzles at Dunbar

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Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern 5-star running back  Damien Harris rushed 19 times for 321 yards and six touchdowns while adding a 91-yard kickoff return touchdown in a 49-35 victory over Lexington (Ky.) Paul Dunbar Friday night.

Scoring on runs of 50, 53, 58, 9, 31 and 43 yards, Harris accounted for 412 yards and seven scores on 20 total touches. Harris also topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark in just his fourth game of the season, the first of which was cut short by lightning delays.

Check out 23 images of Mark Stoops’ top recruiting target in this CatsPause.com Photo Gallery [FREE] [MOBILE]

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Check out Damien Harris–Cover Boy

Check out Damien Harris–Cover Boy

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412 yards of total offense–321 rush, 91 kick return, and 7 touchdowns, and a 49-35 win–I vote those are stats worthy of the front page.

Damien Harris’s numbers through 4 games now stand at 54 carries, 958 yards, 17.7 yards a carry, 14 rushing touchdowns, and 15 total touchdowns.  And one of those games was called at the half…

I’m seeing some Herald-Leader, Courier-Journal and perhaps Sports Illustrated covers in this guy’s future.

Fun Fact: Kirk Herbstreit said earlier on College Gameday that the Big Ten has only produced one skill position player in the last five NFL drafts (we assume he means first rounder). More stats for you to mull over there Damien.

 


Damien Harris Had a NIGHT

Damien Harris Had a NIGHT

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Damien Harris made his Lexington debut at Paul Laurence Dunbar tonight, and he did so in style. The Madison Southern running back already had 5 touchdowns at halftime.

The Eagles took down the Bulldogs 49-35. Harris finished with 19 carries, 321 yards, and 6 touchdowns. PLUS a 91-yard return touchdown. So that’s over 400 all purpose yards and 7 touchdowns. Casual.


Damien Harris plays at Dunbar tonight

If you live in the Lexington area and have been dying to see Damien Harris play in person, tonight’s your chance. Harris’ Madison Southern plays at Paul Laurence Dunbar at 7:30 p.m., the first time Harris has ever played in Lexington. Through three games, Harris has 37 carries for 698 yards and 8 touchdowns. Wow.

It’s finally football weather, so put on your Kentucky blue and go cheer on Harris. Also, watch these highlights from his game last week from our friend at cn|2.