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Wide Receiver
Duncan, SC
6-3 | 215

Ranking: 
247Composite: 114 WR | 924
247Sports: 209 WR
Rivals: 20 TE
ESPN: 72 WR

Twitter: @Rich_man11

Chose UK Over: UCF, Louisville, Arkansas and others; 21 total offers

During the final push for recruits before National Signing Day, the week wasn’t exactly ideal for Mark Stoops.  After losing multiple commits to other schools, Friday couldn’t come any faster.  Luckily South Carolina wide receiver Tavin Richardson was ready to turn the tables (and the dice) for a Wildcat Yahtzee!

Kentucky had their sights set on Tavin for a long time.  Tommy Mainord took the lead on this 3-star prospect early, making a good impression from the get-go.  Richardson spoke with the Spartanburg Herald Journal following his announcement.

“I was talking to Coach Mainord who was recruiting me and coming down to see me when I was a junior in high school,” Richardson said. “It all started from there. We built a good relationship with each other throughout my process. It is a big jump, but I’m pretty sure that I’m ready. I’m going to keep working to be the best.”

The SEC was a strong draw over Louisville and Central Florida, but what made the difference were the relationships he developed in Lexington.  One of his best recruiters was Blake Bone. 

They’re from the same area and they play the same position, making the transition to college appear smoother than blue suede shoes.  “I’ve known Blake Bone since I was in the eighth grade,” he said. “We played in middle school against each other and high school. It helped (make it more comfortable). But the only thing that played into it was my family and friends.”

Richardson had 47 catches for 501 yards and 5 TDs during his Senior season.  His recruiting rankings gradually fell after last summer, primarily because of  his speed: his 40-yard dash has been registered as slow as 5.03 (ESPN), to as fast as 4.69 (Rivals).  He cannot be dismissed for being slow – Mainord’s emphasized recruiting big, physical receivers that have posed problems for Kentucky’s secondary.  With great hands and feet, Richardson will fit in just fine in the Blue & White.

If ya don’t believe me, check out his highlights.


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YAHTZEE! Defensive End, Joshua Allen, Picks Kentucky

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The Cats have quickly replaced a lost commitment at defensive end.  New Jersey defensive end Joshua Allen has committed to Kentucky over Rutgers during an official visit, according to his high school coach, John Fiore.

The 6-4, 210-pounder flew under the radar in the national recruiting scene.  His size played a part, but an even bigger setback in the process was moving from Alabama after three years of school for his Senior season in New Jersey.  But don’t fall asleep on him because of the ratings: Allen had 22.5(!) sacks last year.

Enjoy his highlights and keep those dice handy, this could be a great weekend for Mark Stoops.


Friday’s News and Views

Friday’s News and Views

 

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There are a few times in sports where you feel like things just went right, you know? Like justice was done.

Today was one of those times, when Boogie was named to his first All-Star team. I feel like all of us in Big Blue Nation just let out a sigh and said, “Way to go, D Cuz.” After everything everyone had said about Cousins – right or incredibly wrong – no one can argue with his 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 26 double-doubles. That spells All-Star.

And no one seems to point out that he does it all in Sacramento, one of the poster children for instability in the NBA. (Will the franchise stay? Will they go? Who is their coach now, anyway?) In fact, as coaches come and go in Sac-Town, Cousins is the only stable force on that team. I hope he manhandles everyone in that All-Star game.

I’ll call it right now – Boogie for All-Star MVP.

And finally, an apology

Cousins actually got something else that may be even more shocking today – an apology from Clay Travis.

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After our own Drew Franklin found a five-year-old Tweet from Clay in which Travis stated Boogie would be arrested within the next five years, the world seemed to blow up on the issue Friday, calling out Travis for his insensitive remarks. Big Cuz called out Clay on Twitter (above), and our man Bomani Jones even gave Drew a shoutout on Around the Horn.

Again, justice was served as Travis apologized to Boogie and pledged five thousand dollars to the charity of Cousins’ choice.

Still on All-Star watch for Knight

Brandon Knight has also been putting together quite an NBA season, one many argue is worthy of an All-Star selection if Dwyane Wade cannot play in the game due to injury. His averages this year? 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

More good and bad for UK football

First, the good.

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Highly regarded three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson from South Carolina committed to UK this afternoon. Richardson picked Kentucky over Central Florida, with other offers from Louisville, Nebraska, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Miami (Fla.).

Yahtzee!

But, in following a troubling trend, another UK player switched his commitment. This time it was Tyrone Riley, a three-star defensive end, who flipped to NC State.

That’s now four lost commits this month.

Alabama comes in short-handed

As if getting beat by 22 on your home court two weeks ago, then coming into Rupp Arena for the rematch wasn’t enough of a challenge, Alabama will be doing so without their starting point guard Saturday. Ricky Tarrant, the Tide’s second-leading scorer, hung back in Tuscaloosa with a leg injury, which means we may have to revisit the 20-point spread Vegas has set for the game.

Robic not worried about WCS

After a less than stellar performance Thursday night, John Robic reinforced that no one is worried about big man Willie Cauley-Stein.

“It might’ve been a tough game for him yesterday,” Robic told reporters this afternoon. “He had a lot of family and friends that were there from the Kansas City area. I think you can think about that a little bit. It just wasn’t one of his better games, but I think he’ll rebound.”

“We’re not concerned at all,” he continued. “We’ll put that one behind him.”

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We’ll be back in the morning to get you ready for Kentucky-Alabama!

 


Kentucky Football’s Class of 2015 Big Board: 5 Days til NSD

Kentucky Football’s Class of 2015 Big Board: 5 Days til NSD

2015-commits

Things haven’t exactly been popping in recruiting since the Cats were dumped turned down by Damien Harris.  Five commitments have since decided to go elsewhere, including the coveted Dowell twins, taking the total count down to 15.  Nonetheless, Stoops still has five days to make a splash.  Here’s a look at where the class currently stands.

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COMMITMENTS

Linebacker

ELI BROWN
Outside Linebacker
Bowling Green, KY
6-2 | 185

Ranking: 
247Composite: 20 OLB | 277
247Sports: 18 OLB
Rivals: 23 OLB
ESPN: 15 OLB | 244

Committed: April 21, 2014

Other Offers: Ohio State, USC, Florida, Ole Miss, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky

Additional Note: Originally a Vanderbilt commit, Brown re-opened his recruitment in October shortly after an unofficial visit to Ohio State, UK’s biggest competitor for Brown at the time. Brown had to rehab a lower leg injury heading into his Senior season, but did not fail at turning heads on the offensive and defensive side of the ball for Warren East High School.

JORDAN JONES
Outside Linebacker
Youngstown, OH
6-2 | 210

Ranking: 
247Composite: 34 OLB | 410
247Sports: 51 OLB
Rivals: 41 OLB
ESPN: 36 OLB

Committed: May 8, 2014

Other Offers: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana

Additional Note: An early enrollee, Jones is an alumnus of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, just like his coaches Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow.  Stoops has watched Jordan grow up in football, making the next few years a special opportunity for the pair from Youngstown.

Defensive Line

4_1277021KENGERA DANIEL
Defensive End
Raleigh, NC
6-6 | 250

Ranking: 
247Composite: 33 WDE | 699
247Sports: 37 WDE
Rivals: 39 SDE
ESPN: 37 DE

 

Committed: October 22, 2014

Other Offers: Alabama, Florida State, East Carolina, NC State, Appalachian State

Additional Note:  Kengera “KG” Daniel has already enrolled and taken an important number on the defensive-side of the ball: Bud Dupree’s #2 jersey. For an early enrollee, I honestly didn’t know much about the kid until recently. The in-person ‘eye test’ was enough to convince me this kid can make some noise.

 

4_1280947JASON STOWBRIDGE
Defensive End
Deerfield Beach, Fl.
6-4 | 250

Ranking: 
247Composite: 26 SDE | 495
247Sports: 48 SDE
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 29 DE****

 

Committed: September 20, 2014

Other Offers: North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami

Additional Note:  Stowbridge’s wide shoulders give him a great frame to add muscle, which is probably how he’ll spend his freshman season at UK: pumping iron with a redshirt, like most of Stoops’ freshmen linemen.

 

4_2924179JAVON PROVITT
Defensive Tackle
Warren, OH
6-3 | 305

Ranking: 
247Composite: 76 DT | 1148
247Sports: 79 DT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 62 DT

 

Committed: January 25, 2015

Other Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, Ohio

Additional Note:  Provitt’s commitment could not have come at a more crucial time as defensive linemen seemed to be dropping out of the Cats picture faster than flies on a warm, summer day.  We can only hope he has some awesome RecSpecs to replace those glasses beneath his helmet.

 

Secondary

4_1075475MARCUS WALKER
Safety
Lake Wales, FL
6-0.5 | 176

Ranking: 
247Composite: 25 S | 432
247Sports: 27 S
Rivals: 31 S
ESPN: 15 S | 214

Committed: July 18, 2014

Other Offers: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Michigan State, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, UVA

Additional Note: Walker first committed to Kentucky back in January, but decommitted in April. After picking up offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Tennessee and others, Walker decided to re-commit to Kentucky, in part because the staff kept in contact with him even after he reopened his recruitment.

4_2930064KEI BECKHAM
Cornerback
Dayton, OH
6-0 | 173

Ranking: 
247Composite: 57 CB | 580
247Sports: 53 CB
Rivals: 44 CB
ESPN: 70 CB

Committed: July 18, 2014

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, Purdue

Additional Note: Beckham committed to the Cats during Stoops’ summer Friday Night Lights  camp after an exclusive workout with Mark Stoops. He needs to bulk up before he can hold his own in the SEC, but he’s athletic, with good hands and quick feet.

 

4_2977266CHRIS WESTRY
Cornerback
Orange Park, Fl.
6-4 | 180

Ranking: 
247Composite: 87 CB | 951
247Sports: 125 CB
Rivals: 74 CB
ESPN: 55 CB

 

Committed: January 20, 2015

Other Offers:  Florida, Arkansas, Auburn

Additional Note: Before his Senior season of high school football, WEstry chose Auburn over Florida.  However his recruitment picked right back up as soon as his season was over.  After battling off Arkansas and Auburn’s addition of former Florida coach Will Muschamp as their defensive coordinator, Mark Stoops flipped Westry to the blue and white.

 

Offensive Line

LEVON LIVINGSTON
Offensive Tackle
Washington, DC
6-7 | 232

Ranking: 
247Composite: 83 OT | 788
247Sports: 48 OT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 86 OT

Committed: April 5, 2014 

Other Offers: West Virginia, NC State

Additional Note: Livingston plays both sides of the line of scrimmage in high school and insists he can play either in college, however, the plan is to use him on the offensive line at Kentucky.

LOGAN STENBERG
Offensive Tackle
Madison, AL
6-6 | 327

Ranking: 
247Composite: 74 OT | 674
247Sports: 58 OT
Rivals: 59 OT
ESPN: 134 OT

Committed: April 5, 2014

Other Offers: UAB (which couldn’t have ended well.)

Additional Note: Stenberg committed to UK on the same day as fellow offensive linemen Levon Livingston.

 

MASON WOLFE
Offensive Lineman
Henderson, KY
6-7 | 280

Ranking: 
247Composite: 98 OG
247Sports: 130 OG
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 132 OG

Committed: April 7, 2014

Additional Note: Wolfe became the fourth offensive lineman commit in three days when he committed during an unofficial visit to UK in early April. He told 247Sports he just felt it was time and he was interested in Kentucky since the very beginning. Since his commitment he’s been a frequent flyer to Lexington, visiting for multiple games and, more importantly, working with the other offensive line commits at camps.

4_2929835GEORGE ASAFO-ADJEI
Offensive Lineman
West Chester, OH
6-4 | 295

Ranking: 
247Composite: 47 OT | 448
247Sports: 22 OT | 199
Rivals: 27 OG
ESPN: 58 OG

Committed: June 23, 2014

Other Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Syracuse, Toledo, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan

Additional Note: Asafo-Adjei is a former teammate of current UK players Kyle Meadows and Mikel Horton, and said he felt comfortable with UK’s players, coaches, and facilities. It doesn’t hurt that the early enroll is close to home too.

Tight End

C.J. CONRAD
Tight End
LaGrange, OH
6-5 | 225

Ranking: 
247Composite: 11 TE | 289
247Sports: 9 TE
Rivals: 8 TE
ESPN: 11 TE

Committed: May 9, 2014

Other Offers: Arkansas, Illinois, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Additional Note: If there’s a player that will come in to make an immediate impact on the field, it’s C.J. Conrad.  There’s been a handful of commitments from Ohio to jump ship upon the recent emergence of the Buckeyes, but the early enrollee never thought twice that Kentucky was the place to be.

Wide Receiver

4_1299074JABARI GREENWOOD
Wide Receiver
Washington, DC
6-4 | 193

Ranking: 
247Composite: 58 WR | 515
247Sports: 58 WR
Rivals: 51 WR
ESPN: 61 WR

Committed: June 28, 2014

Other Offers: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, Pitt, Rutgers, UVA, Wake Forest, Washington State

Additional Note: Greenwood picked Kentucky over Michigan State, Virginia, and Maryland. At 6’4″, 193 lbs., he’s got the size to compete in the SEC, and more importantly, looks like a playmaker. Greenwood said WR coach Tommy Mainord played a huge factor in his decision, and his commitment was a big win for Mainord, who is the primary recruiter in the DMV area.

4_2845670TAVIN RICHARDSON
Wide Receiver
Duncan, SC
6-3 | 200

Ranking: 
247Composite: 114 WR | 924
247Sports: 210 WR
Rivals: 20 WR
ESPN: 72 WR

Committed: January 30, 2015

Other Offers: Louisville, Pitt, Arkansas, Nebraska, Boston College, UCF

Additional Note: Richardon’s commitment was the Cats to lose, right up until the last minute.  After losing a pair of playmakers in the Dowell twins, Richardson’s size and frame are exactly what the Cats need in playmaking wide receivers.  His stock dropped in the rankings throughout the season, but Kentucky’s persistence should pay dividends in the future.

 

[All images and star-ratings via 247Sports.com]


YAHTZEE! Cats add three-star wide receiver

Finally, some good news for the football program…

The Cats added three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson from South Carolina this afternoon. Richardson picked Kentucky over Central Florida, with other offers from Louisville, Nebraska, Arkansas, Mississippi State and The U.

Yahtzee!


And another one… Tyrone Riley flips to NC State

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TYRONE RILEY
Defensive End
Savannah, GA
6-6 | 230

Ranking: 
247Composite: 39 WDE | 775
247Sports: 41 WDE
Rivals: 27 WDE
ESPN: 51 OLB
Scout: 124 DE

Committed to UK: November 18, 2014

 

Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class lost another commitment today, although this one isn’t a huge surprise.

Tyrone Riley, a three-star defensive end, flipped his pick to NC State today. One of Craig Naivar’s recruits, Riley seemed to be wavering recently. He visited NC State earlier this month.

That’s now four lost commits this month, however. Not a good look.


Marcus Lewis looked comfortable with UK last night

Lost in all the basketball excitement last night was this photo from Marcus Lewis, UK’s top remaining target in the 2015 football class. Lewis met with Derrick Ansley, Tommy Mainord and current UK commit Jabari Greenwood last night and it might’ve saved Kentucky’s chances to sign the four-star defensive back.

Just earlier this week, eight out of eight Rivals.com recruiting experts predicted Lewis to Miami, however, seven of the eight flipped their pick yesterday.

Lewis will decide between the Cats and Canes on Tuesday, the day before Signing Day.

Let’s hope he picks FAMILY.


It’s decision day for Tavin Richardson

It’s decision day for Tavin Richardson

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The Kentucky football program has a BIG chance to recapture some momentum this afternoon when three-star wide receiver Tavin Richardson announces his decision at 4 p.m. ET. The 6’3″ 214 lbs. South Carolina native has been a longtime Kentucky target, and took an official visit to Lexington this past weekend, where he posed for that picture right there. Richardson is choosing between Kentucky and Central Florida, and by all accounts, the staff will be shocked if he doesn’t pick the Cats.

Meanwhile, Tommy Mainord and Derrick Ansley were in the DC area last night to check in on four-star safety Marcus Lewis, who will announce his decision on Tuesday. Lewis is teammates with current UK commit Jabari Greenwood, and both posted this picture with the UK coaches on Twitter last night:

You look pretty awesome. Lewis is down to Kentucky and Miami, and landing a commitment from him would be absolutely huge for the program. He’s considered the fifth best safety in the country, and Kentucky sure could use some good mojo heading into Signing Day.

Come on down, Tavin and Marcus. We need you.


A Look At Kentucky’s 15 Current Commits (And Those Who Bailed)

We are one week away from National Signing Day 2015 and the Kentucky football staff has a lot of work to do before they’re anywhere near confident in how things will play out. As we’ve learned, especially in the past few days, it’s never over until it’s over. Kids flip and it will often come at the worst time — see Dowell twins — and when it’s least expected. It happens. It’s part of the game. And it can leave coaches scrambling in the final moments to build the class, as is the case for Kentucky right now. (The off-the-field ordeal isn’t making things any easier, either.)

Tonight on KSR, we’ll take a look at the names UK has on its board with a week remaining, as well as some of the names that were on the board and bailed. Mark Stoops’ staff currently has 15 hard commits in its 2015 class, ranked 42nd overall by 247Sports.com.

Take a look…

 

COMMITED


Linebacker

ELI BROWN
Outside Linebacker
Bowling Green, KY
6-2 | 185

Ranking: 
247Composite: 20 OLB | 275
247Sports: 18 OLB
Rivals: 23 OLB
ESPN: 15 OLB | 244
Scout: 24 OLB

Committed: April 21, 2014

Other Offers: Ohio State, USC, Ole Miss, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky

Additional Note: Originally a Vanderbilt commit, Brown reopened his recruitment in October shortly after an unofficial visit to Ohio State, UK’s biggest competitor for Brown at the time.

Brown is already on campus as an early enrollee.

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JORDAN JONES
Outside Linebacker
Youngstown, OH
6-2 | 203

Ranking: 
247Composite: 34 OLB | 410
247Sports: 51 OLB
Rivals: 41 OLB
ESPN: 36 OLB
Scout: 19 OLB

Committed: May 8, 2014

Other Offers: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana

Additional Note: Jones attended Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, alma mater of Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow. Stoops said, “Jordan is a player I’ve watched grow up. He has the size and speed you’re looking for in a linebacker.”

Jones is already on campus as an early enrollee.

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Defensive Line

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KENGERA DANIEL
Defensive End
Raleigh, NC
6-6 | 250

Ranking: 
247Composite: 33 WDE | 699
247Sports: 37 WDE
Rivals: 39 SDE
ESPN: 37 DE
Scout: 95 DE

Committed: October 22, 2014

Other Offers: Alabama, Clemson, East Carolina, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia

Additional Note: Daniel is already on campus as an early enrollee. He will wear Bud Dupree’s No. 2 jersey on the defensive line.

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TYRONE RILEY
Defensive End
Savannah, GA
6-6 | 230

Ranking: 
247Composite: 39 WDE | 775
247Sports: 41 WDE
Rivals: 27 WDE
ESPN: 51 OLB
Scout: 124 DE

Committed: November 18, 2014

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Purdue, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin

Additional Note: Riley, one of Craig Naivar’s recruits, visited NC State two weekends ago. He followed that with his official visit to Kentucky last weekend.

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JASON STROWBRIDGE
Defensive End
Deerfield Beach, FL
6-4 | 247

Ranking: 
247Composite: 26 SDE | 496
247Sports: 47 SDE
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 29 DE (****)
Scout: 24 DE (****)

Committed: September 20, 2014

Other Offers: Florida, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina NC State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Purdue, West Virginia

Additional Note: Like Riley, Strowbridge visited NC State two weeks ago, despite being committed to Kentucky. He checked out Central Florida last weekend and plans to make a final decision on Signing Day. Word is he’s down to flipping to North Carolina or sticking with UK.

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JAVON PROVITT
Defensive Tackle
Warren, OH
6-3 | 305

Ranking: 
247Composite: 76 DT | 1139
247Sports: 79 DT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 62 DT
Scout: NR

Committed: January 25, 2015

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Purdue, West Virginia, Ohio

Additional Note: Provitt is the latest commitment in the class, believed to be a replacement for DaVon Hamilton, who decommitted after visiting Ohio State over the weekend.

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Secondary

4_1075475MARCUS WALKER
Safety
Lake Wales, FL
6-0.5 | 176

Ranking: 
247Composite: 25 S | 433
247Sports: 27 S
Rivals: 31 S
ESPN: 15 S | 214
Scout: 90 S

Committed: July 18, 2014

Other Offers: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Michigan State, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, UVA

Additional Note: Walker first committed to Kentucky last January, but decommitted in April. After picking up offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Tennessee and others, Walker decided to recommit to Kentucky, in part because the staff kept in contact with him even after he reopened his recruitment.

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4_2930064KEI BECKHAM
Cornerback
Dayton, OH
6-0 | 173

Ranking: 
247Composite: 57 CB | 580
247Sports: 53 CB
Rivals: 44 CB
ESPN: 70 CB
Scout: 81 S

Committed: July 18, 2014

Other Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, Purdue

Additional Note: Beckham had nine interceptions in his senior season. He returned five of those for touchdowns. That’ll play.

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4_2930064CHRIS WESTRY
Cornerback
Orange Park, FL
6-4 | 180

Ranking: 
247Composite: 88 CB | 947
247Sports: 125 CB
Rivals: 74 CB
ESPN: 55 S
Scout: 102 S

Committed: January 20, 2015

Other Offers: Florida, Auburn, Arkansas, South Florida, Central Florida, Ohio

Additional Note: Originally an Auburn commit, Westry flipped his commitment to Kentucky last week.

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Offensive Line

LEVON LIVINGSTON
Offensive Tackle
Washington, DC
6-7 | 232

Ranking: 
247Composite: 84 OT | 789
247Sports: 48 OT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 86 OT
Scout: 130 OT

Committed: April 5, 2014

Other Offers: West Virginia, NC State

Additional Note: Livingston played both sides of the line of scrimmage in high school and insists he can play either in college, however, the plan is to use him on the offensive line at Kentucky.

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LOGAN STENBERG
Offensive Tackle
Madison, AL
6-6 | 327

Ranking: 
247Composite: 74 OT | 675
247Sports: 59 OT
Rivals: 59 OT
ESPN: 134 OT
Scout: 129 OT

Committed: April 5, 2014

Other Offers: UAB

Additional Note: Stenberg committed to UK on the same day as fellow offensive linemen Levon Livingston and Larry Wells, who would later decommit.

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MASON WOLFE
Offensive Lineman
Henderson, KY
6-7 | 280

Ranking: 
247Composite: 97 OG
247Sports: 130 OG
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 132 OG
Scout: 58 OT

Committed: April 7, 2014

Additional Note: Wolfe became the fourth offensive lineman commit in three days when he committed during an unofficial visit to UK in April. A in-state product, he said he had been interested in Kentucky since the very beginning.

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4_2929835GEORGE ASAFO-ADJEI
Offensive Lineman
West Chester, OH
6-4 | 295

Ranking: 
247Composite: 47 OT | 449
247Sports: 22 OT | 199
Rivals: 27 OG
ESPN: 58 OG
Scout: 28 OG

Committed: June 23, 2014

Other Offers: Akron, Cincinnati, UConn, Florida, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (OH), Minnesota, Syracuse, Toledo, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan

Additional Note: Asafo-Adjei is a former teammate of current UK players Kyle Meadows and Mikel Horton, and said he felt comfortable with UK’s players, coaches, and facilities.

He is already on campus as an early enrollee.

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Tight End

CJ CONRAD
Tight End
LaGrange, OH
6-5 | 225

Ranking: 
247Composite: 11 TE | 288
247Sports: 9 TE
Rivals: 8 TE
ESPN: 11 TE
Scout: 9 TE

Committed: May 9, 2014

Other Offers: Arkansas, Illinois, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Additional Note: Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame were picking up interest, but Conrad chose the Cats before they could close in. Vince Marrow was the lead recruiter, of course, and Conrad liked how UK was on him early. Indiana was the other finalist with Kentucky.

He is already on campus as an early enrollee.

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Wide Receiver

4_1299074JABARI GREENWOOD
Wide Receiver
Washington, DC
6-4 | 193

Ranking: 
247Composite: 58 WR | 515
247Sports: 59 WR
Rivals: 51 WR
ESPN: 61 WR
Scout: 78 WR

Committed: June 28, 2014

Other Offers: Boston College, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, Pitt, Rutgers, UVA, Wake Forest, Washington State

Additional Note: Greenwood picked Kentucky over Michigan State, Virginia, and Maryland. At 6-4, 193 pounds, he has the size to compete in the SEC, and more importantly, looks like a playmaker. Greenwood said WR coach Tommy Mainord played a huge factor in his decision, and his commitment was a big win for Mainord, who is the primary recruiter in the DMV area.

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DECOMMITTED


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DARIUS FULLWOOD
Defensive End
Olney, MD
6-4 | 240

Ranking: 
247Composite: 21 WDE | 484
247Sports: 30 WDE
Rivals: 22 SDE
ESPN: 43 DE
Scout: 55 DE

Committed: June 28, 2014

Flipped to: Virginia Tech (9/24/14)

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ALEX STUMP
Wide Receiver
Lakewood, OH
6-3 | 190

Ranking: 
247Composite: 37 WR | 300
247Sports: 31 WR
Rivals: 44 WR
ESPN: 84 WR
Scout: 24 WR (****)

Committed: May 3, 2014

Flipped to: Ohio State (10/12/14)

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ANDREW DOWELL
Running Back
Lakewood, OH
6-1 | 211

Ranking: 
247Composite: 28 RB | 343
247Sports: 41 RB
Rivals: 15 RB
ESPN: 107 RB
Scout: 26 RB

Committed: October 5, 2014

Flipped to: Michigan State (1/27/15)

*****

DAVID DOWELL
Safety/Wide Receiver
Lakewood, OH
6-1 | 180

Ranking: 
247Composite: 18 S | 319
247Sports: 25 S
Rivals: 30 CB
ESPN: 33 ATH
Scout: 35 WR | 158

Committed: October 5, 2014

Flipped to: Michigan State (1/27/15)

*****

DAVON HAMILTON
Defensive Tackle
Pickerington, OH
6-3 | 285

Ranking: 
247Composite: 90 DT | 1408
247Sports: 42 DT
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 69 DT
Scout: 54 DT

Committed: December 4, 2014

Flipped to: Ohio State (1/26/15)

*****

LUKE HIERS
Center
Lake Wales, FL
6-3 | 295

Ranking: 
247Composite: 12 C | 644
247Sports: 14 C
Rivals: 8 C
ESPN: 7 C
Scout: 16 C

Committed: May 1, 2014

Flipped to: Central Florida (9/28/14)

*****

MONTRELL CUSTIS
Cornerback
Hampton, GA
6-0 | 175

Ranking: 
247Composite: 72 CB | 771
247Sports: 63 CB
Rivals: NR
ESPN: 34 CB
Scout: 28 S (****)

Committed: November 10, 2013

Flipped to: Alabama (4/14/14)

Custis visited Kentucky earlier this month and could flip back to UK on Signing Day.


[All images and star-ratings via 247Sports.com]


REPORT: The Dowell Twins have decommitted from Kentucky

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More bad news! Scout.com’s Bill Greene is reporting that 2015 four-star twins David and Andrew Dowell have decommitted from Kentucky and will now go to Michigan State:

And the hits keep on coming…


Marcus Lewis to decide next Tuesday

Marcus Lewis is down to Kentucky and Miami and he will commit to one of the two schools next week. Lewis said today he will announce his final decision on Tuesday, the day before National Signing Day.

Lewis is a four-star safety, ranked No. 8 at his position and 80th overall by Rivals.com. He took his official visit to Kentucky back in December and gave Miami his last visit, earlier this month.

Landing him would be HUGE for the Cats.


Male High School’s Davis Mattingly commits to Kentucky

Male High School’s Davis Mattingly committed to Kentucky today. The 6-foot-4 quarterback will join the team next season as a preferred walk-on.

Yahtzee.


YAHTZEE! 2015 Defensive Tackle Javon Provitt commits to Kentucky

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YAHTZEE! According to Justin Rowland Kentucky signed its 18th commitment for the class of 2015 tonight when defensive tackle Javon Provitt pledged to the Cats. Provitt hails from Ohio and Vince Marrow was the lead recruiter. Provitt (6-3, 305 lbs.) was a 3-star recruit based on 247 Sports’ rankings, and held offers from Cincinnati, Ohio, West Virginia and Purdue.


3-star DB de-commits from UK, may pledge Auburn

3-star DB de-commits from UK, may pledge Auburn

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With just over a week to go before National Signing Day, UK has lost a big defensive commitment – and it comes just days after getting a big one.

Jeremiah Dinson, a 2015 defensive back, announced on Twitter today that he has decommitted from UK.

Auburn is now the favorite, according to 24/7 Sports.

Dinson, a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back for American High School in Miami, committed to UK in September.

dinson tweet

The news comes just days after UK got an Auburn player to switch to the Cats. Three-star defensive back Chris Westry flipped to UK earlier last week.

 

 


A Closer Look at Stoops’ New Troop(s)

A Closer Look at Stoops’ New Troop(s)

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What Mark Stoops is feeling like right about meow.  

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Mark Stoops REALLY wanted a commitment from Chris Westry, and yesterday, he was in luck.  After the Auburn commit went on an official visit to Lexington last weekend, DJ Eliot and Jimmy Brumbaugh followed up with an in-home visit last night.  Their visit to Florida was fruitful, receiving Westry’s pledge to play for UK.

There’s a variety of reasons why this is awesome:

1.  A big defensive back is exactly what this defense needs.  Hopefully Stoops will keep him at cornerback, a thin position (especially in size) that gets exploited too often by big SEC wide receivers.  However, his size and run support are good enough to potentially put him at safety.

2.  Special Teams.  Being tall and fast has its advantages: he blocked three field goals last year.  There aren’t many kinds of plays that can change a game like a block in special teams.

3.  The Cats beat Auburn AND Florida.  Westry was originally pegged between Auburn and Florida when he committed to the Tigers over the summer.  Arkansas and Kentucky got into the mix after the season, but Auburn played another wild card: they brought in Florida’s former coach, Will Muschamp, over to Alabama to be their defensive coordinator.  You’d think that would make Auburn the perfect place for Westry, but then again who am I kidding….Lexington is the best place on Earth.

He is rating-less because he only a freshman in Junior College.

He is rating-less because he’s only a freshman in Junior College.

Kayaune (pronounced Chi-Wayne, I believe) Ross’ story from last night is a little weird.  After being offered over the weekend, the JUCO freshman announced on Twitter that he was coming to UK….only to quickly back-track with another Tweet that went along the lines of, “I have to wait ’til after my visit, but the Cats are my #1.”

Ross was a standout at Lakota West High School (a Cincy suburb), before taking his large 6’5″ frame to Phoenix Junior College.  In 5 games he caught 15 passes for 210 yards (14 yards per catch) and a pair of  touchdowns.  He also has a lot of interest in Oklahoma, Arizona State, Cincinnati and others, but at this point it’s Kentucky’s battle to lose.

Ross has the exact skill package Kentucky has been recruiting for at wide receiver: big and physical.  WR coach Tommy Mainord loves guys that are aggressive and quick with their hands.  In the film I’ve seen, Ross rarely gets pushed around by cornerbacks, using his size to give the QB plenty of room for error.  At the 1:10 mark below, he runs a beautiful out-in-up route, completely fooling the cornerback, but the ball is underthrown.  Still, Ross does his best Moss by going between two defenders for the strong catch.

Hopefully Ross’ dice will start rolling this weekend when he visits Lexington.  If it worked for Westry, I’m sure it will work for Ross.