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Football Recruiting News
By Drew Franklin on ©December 19th, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Andrew Dowell has quite a request for National Signing Day. The four-star running back and one-half of the Dowell twins is trying to get his hands on a baby wildcat for the day he signs his Letter of Intent to Kentucky. And not just any baby wildcat, Andrew wants a white one.
Great in theory, disastrous when it bites his finger off.
I want a baby white Wildcat for signing day 🐯
— State Champ™ (@AD_All_Day) December 18, 2014
This is nothing more than wishful thinking at this point (as far as we know) but there’s a name to keep an eye on now that Shannon Dawson is a Wildcat.
David Sills, a four-star quarterback out of Maryland, is currently committed to West Virginia and Dawson was one of Sills’ two lead recruiters on the Mountaineer staff. I have absolutely no idea if Sills has any interest in following Dawson to Kentucky, but it’s worth the conversation. Clearly Dawson’s offense and their relationship were a big part in landing the pro-style quarterback.
For what it’s worth, West Virginia isn’t the first school to receive a verbal commitment from Sills. You may remember him as the seventh grader Lane Kiffin offered and accepted at USC back in 2010.
Dawson also played a role in WVU landing three-star inside linebacker David Long. Long is from Winton Woods in Cincinnati, the same school that produced UK defensive back Mike Edwards.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 6:01pm
The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones was in attendance when Damien Harris received the Paul Hornung Award today and he was able to chat with Harris after the ceremony about recruiting things.
You can read Jones’ Q&A with Harris here, but I’ll share with you two comments that stood out to me:
When asked about Neal Brown’s departure, Harris said, “The loss of Coach Brown doesn’t really affect me very much because I’m very close with a lot of the coaches on the staff. Losing that one coach isn’t really that vital, although I did really like Coach Brown. Like I said, I’m really close with three or four coaches on the staff. Losing one doesn’t automatically turn me away from the program.”
And if UK’s 0-6 finish matters, Harris told Jones, “You can’t go from winning two games to winning nine or 10 games, especially not in the SEC, the hardest conference in America. How they finished the season didn’t really affect me in any way.”
Mid-year Signing Day rolls on, and four-star offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei is the latest UK commit to make it official today. The West Chester, Ohio native will join his former teammates Mikel Horton and Kyle Meadows at UK in January, along with fellow early enrollees CJ Conrad and Kengera Daniel.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 1:30pm
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With a week between games and the offensive coordinator search still ongoing (for now), it seems like we’re all in standby mode here at KSR. Fortunately, we’re hearing that the search is wrapping up, and hopefully, we’ll know who UK’s new offensive coordinator is by the time Mark Stoops comes on KSR tomorrow morning. Until then, Drew and I will be watching the Twittersphere like hawks, only taking bathrooms breaks every five hours and wearing wrist supports to prevent carpal tunnel. Blog so hard.
Some notes to keep us rolling…
Today is mid-year signing day, and three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel wasted no time in making his commitment to Kentucky official. The 6’6″, 245 lbs. Daniel picked UK over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia in October, filling a big hole left by Darius Fullwood’s decommitment. He’ll enroll at Kentucky in January to get a head start on his freshman year. Congrats on signing, Kengera. Get on up to Lexington.
Damien Harris is currently receiving the Paul Hornung award, given annually to the best high school football player in the state of Kentucky. In a cool moment, Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers called to speak to Harris, the picture of which you can see above, thanks to Larry Vaught. And before you call out Harris for still having a flip phone (although I hear those are making a comeback), that’s Paul Hornung’s phone, not his.
Auburn plays Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in a game I normally wouldn’t care much about, but apparently, if Auburn wins, Outback will give away free Bloomin’ Onions nationwide on January 2. If Wisconsin wins, they’ll give away Coconut Shrimp.
War damn Eagle, right?
Finally, this is the best letter to the tooth fairy I’ve ever seen:
It looks like an official visit to UK this past weekend wasn’t enough to sway JuCo DT Marcus Swain from the Plains. Swain announced his commitment to Auburn a few minutes ago, choosing the Tigers over Mississippi State and Kentucky.
Ah well. On to the next.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 15th, 2014 @ 7:58pm
A video posted by Damien Harris (@damienharris34) on
Just boys being boys on recruiting visits.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 15th, 2014 @ 3:15pm
A photo posted by Damien Harris (@damienharris34) on
Damien Harris and Marcus Lewis were high on the priority list for Mark Stoops and his staff during their official visits this weekend, and so far, all of the reports we’ve heard have been positive, including this one from 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. Wiltfong says he’s hearing that the two recruits UK impressed the most this weekend were Harris, the nation’s top running back, and Lewis, the nation’s 6th best safety:
With Harris, hearing that the Wildcats continue to feel good about where they stand with the nation’s top-ranked running back. There is some concern about him going down to the Under Armour game and clicking with all the Alabama recruits, but right now I’d still lean towards Harris signing with Kentucky. However, make no mistake, the Crimson Tide are very much in the picture. He will announce his plans on Jan. 9.
Optimism in Lexington is real high with Lewis following his official. He hit it off with Harris and many of the guys on campus. Miami is the biggest threat here with an official scheduled for January.
It sounds like Mark Stoops may need a new Yahtzee set for Christmas.
People can say and do stupid things, we are all human, but some just take it to the next level. Primarily, people who live in my hometown of Louisville.
After Drake Jackson committed to UK, a guy that works for some Louisville radio station had this to say:
Normally I might let it slide or send a clever Tweet, but I just took an ethics class that encourages journalists to hold people accountable. I wouldn’t say I’m one yet, but I can say with confidence: that statement was so stupid SOMEBODY has to be called out.
1. I see what he was trying to do with a little clever deduction, but he must not being paying attention to how Petrino is recruiting in Kentucky. The short answer: he isn’t. That’s because he’s losing every single player to Mark Stoops. The only ones that haven’t are QBs, and the Cats already have two Kentucky kids at that spot. The only chance Petrino has to cash-in on 2016 talent is Louisville Male WR Keion Wakefield. Depending on who Stoops hires at OC, he’ll likely be able to get Ashland Blazer RB Quinton Baker to re-commit and take the extremely talented Louisville wideout to Lexington.
2. If Petrino doesn’t think Drake is good, I wouldn’t want him to be my coach. Drake is the #1 center in America. He’s the best player in the best recruiting class this state his seen in a LONG time. Drake is so good, you can only laugh when opponents attempt to get by him. Not only is he talented, but he’s a charismatic character that you can’t help but cheer for after meeting him. I guess that’s not the type of ‘character’ they want at Louisville (but Nick Saban and Urban Meyer do).
3. Damien Harris is good at offense. And I know one school the nation’s #1 running back WON’T be picking in January. Hell, a Louisville hat won’t even make it onto the table.
4. Why in the hell are you trying to put-down a 17-year old? We’re all supposed to be critics. Sometimes it gets silly talking about high school kids, but even a “No offense” disclaimer is still pretty douchey.
But not as douchey as posing for a picture while holding a giant picture of yourself.
I don’t know you Mr. Stillman, other than the fact that you also go by J-Bone (of course), which is making it difficult for me to be mean. I’m generally a nice person, but the stupidity of your statement cannot be summed by all of the words in the dictionary.
But if you would like some peanut butter with that jelly, I may be able to help.
Lookie Look! Looks like recruiting went well for Kentucky football. At least, Marcus Lewis had a great visit. (Lewis is a four star Cornerback/Wide Receiver recruit from Washington, DC. Kentucky is in his top three along with Miami and Washington State).
Here are some tweets from the vistors today
KENTUCKY LIVE! 💯 pic.twitter.com/MrigM5x0Gf
— Marcus Lewis (@THE_NUMERO_UNO) December 14, 2014
— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) December 14, 2014
Don’t they look good in those uniforms?
— Emmanuel Lewis (@SmoothOperatorE) December 14, 2014
Great visit this weekend! Will be bad soon Lexington!💯🙏🏈 pic.twitter.com/G8aMkIT8sc
— Marcus Walker (@prim3tim3jr4) December 14, 2014
I hope he means “back”
ECU offensive coordinator, Lincoln , according to ECU 24/7 affiliate Hoist The Colours, and they straight up asked him is he was planning on leaving. Here is what he had to say:
“I’ve still got that on my shirt,” said Riley pointing to the logo on his ECU jacket. “I’m here. I’m ready to coach this bowl game.”
Pretty basic answer, expected from any respectable coach. However when he was asked if he would entertain outside inquires Riley said “it depends on the situation”.
I hope Kentucky is one of those good ‘situations’.
Read more quotes from Riley and hear the audio here.
This photo is from 2015 commit, Eli Brown’s Instagram.
I also bumped into a certain #1 running back on my way out the door today. Drake Jackson said during his announcement interview today, “Of course I’m going to try to pull him to Kentucky.” That’s what we like to hear.
I wonder if Damien got a Poythress poster too?
My walls are 99% UK posters already, but I’ll make room.