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Florida WR DeMarcus Harris commits to Kentucky

Florida WR DeMarcus Harris commits to Kentucky

How about a little Yahtzee on the Fourth of July? Three-star Florida wide receiver DeMarcus Harris committed to Kentucky today, becoming Mark Stoops’ 13th pledge in the 2019 class:

The 6’2″ 170 lbs. Vero Beach native picked Kentucky over Indiana, Syracuse and Central Florida. He’s considered the 150th best wide receiver in the 2019 class by 247 Sports. He visited Kentucky back on June 21 and received an offer:

Harris wrote a piece for TC Palm explaining his decision, specifically, a dream he had about this very moment.

Also, and I know that this is going to sound strange, but I had a dream about it. I had a dream of commitment day. I mapped everything out in my head. I woke up, ate breakfast, around 1 o’clock I was talking to my parents, at 2 o’clock I FaceTimed with coach Stoops and I officially committed and had my Kentucky hat on. It’s surprising that I remembered it. That’s the first time I ever had a dream about a school.

When that happened, I knew it was meant to be.

Welcome to the fam, DeMarcus. Let’s celebrate by watching your highlights:


Kentucky Football Recruits Attending Rivals’ Five-Star Challenge

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The nation’s most talented high school football prospects will descend upon Atlanta, Georgia this weekend to compete in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge, and a handful of them are Kentucky football recruits.

The Five-Star Challenge is the top camp in the Rivals’ circuit.  Equivalent to Nike’s The Opening, this adidas sponsored invitation-only event is being held at Mercedez-Benz Stadium.  Four of the campers are Kentucky natives.

Jared Casey earned his invitation by winning the linebacker MVP honors at the Nashville Three Stripe Camp.  The Louisville Ballard defender blew up on the recruiting scene, earned four-stars and more than a dozen offers, including one from Kentucky.  Mark Stoops, Matt House and Vince Marrow have put the Cats in an excellent position.

I love Kentucky.  They’ll definitely be on my short list,” he told Rivals’ Dave Lackford shortly after arriving this morning.  “I went up there like two times in three weeks.  I’ve got a good feel for all of the coaches and players.”

Casey will be playing alongside Louisville Moore defensive end J.J. Weaver.  Originally from Florida, Kentucky is in a good place for the four-star talent who is also considering Louisville, Miami, Purdue, Georgia and Cincinnati.

On offense the Commonwealth will be represented by Wandale Robinson, the nation’s fifth-ranked all-purpose back.  A jack of all trades, everybody who is anybody is trying to pull the Frankfort native away from his home state.  Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska have made late charges in his recruitment, but the Cats have been there since day one.

Robinson recently told 247 Sports, “They now have the quarterbacks that can throw the ball. I’ve seen them in practice. It’s the same as what coach Gran did while at Cincinnati. They are doing that at Kentucky. I can play early there as a receiver, out of the backfield, and as a punt returner. They could use me in the slot or out of the backfield.”

The fourth Kentuckian at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge is Stephen Herron, the Trinity defensive end that is committed to Michigan.  One Michigan man is one of the camp’s only juniors.

Justin Rogers, a 2020 offensive lineman from Oak Park, already has a five-star ranking in the 247 Composite.  When Steve Clinkscale went to the Great Lakes State, Rogers was one of the first to receive an offer.  Every college football powerhouse is involved on Rogers’ recruitment, but he’s already made a handful of trips to Kentucky.


Today on KSR: More Football Commits?

Today on KSR: More Football Commits?

The dog days of summer aren’t so bad for the Kentucky football team.

Yesterday running back Travis Tisdale became the fourth high school football prospect to commit to Kentucky in four days, joining wide receiver TaeTae Crumes, JUCO defensive lineman Taures Payne and cornerback Jay Ward.  Tisdale is an ESPN Top 300 player who had offers from USC, Penn State and LSU, just to name a few.

Normally Kentucky’s biggest recruiting headlines are made in Ohio.  That’s not the case this year.  Matt House has brought Kentucky football back to The Peach State.  Five of the Cats’ 12 commitment are from the state of Georgia.  The last time Kentucky had a presence like this in Georgia, Rich Brooks paved the way to four straight bowl berths.

It’s been a wild week on the football recruiting front.  Don’t be surprised to see the class grow as Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and Co. ride a wave of recruiting momentum.  A look at UK’s current 2019 football recruiting class, ranked No. 41 overall and 11th in the SEC by the 247 Composite:

Kentucky Football 2019 Recruiting Class

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Moses DouglassSSpringfield, Oh.6-21864-star
KD McDanielLBTift County, Ga.6-22223-star
Travis TisdaleRBValdosta, Ga.5-81653-star
Demontae "TaeTae" CrumesWRLouisville, Ky.6-11653-star
Nik ScalzoQBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.5-111853-star
Marquez BembryOLBAtlanta, Ga. (JUCO)6-32253-star
Jay Ward CBMoultrie, Ga.6-11753-star
Tra WilkinsLBStone Mountain, Ga.6-22103-star
Jalen GeigerCBColumbia, SC6-11903-star
Jake PopeOTFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-72753-star
Eli CoxOGNicholasville, Ky.6-42953-star
Taures PayneDEHoover, Al. (JUCO)6-4265N/R (JUCO)

Anthony Davis Misses Out in NBA Awards

The Unibrow was a finalist for a pair of awards, but Davis did not bring any hardware home.  Rudy Gobert was named Defensive Player of the Year and James Harden took home MVP honors.  Even though Davis didn’t leave a winner, he still got plenty of love from his coach.

“I’m so proud of Anthony Davis,” John Calipari Tweeted.  “Only 25 years old and a finalist for the league’s best player. Incredible. I can remember when Derrick Rose won it at such a young age. You know what I love? Anthony was in town last week and HAS NOT CHANGED ONE BIT.”

What I love is all of the hi-jinx from the show.  Bill Russell conveniently forgot the program was on live television when he flipped off Charles Barkley.  “I can’t help myself.  Whenever I see Charles it just is pure instinct,” he said.

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Before the awards were handed out, the stupid Rookie of the Year #EmbraceDebate re-entered Louisville Twitter, thanks to the Cards’ athletic director.  Vince Tyra tried to hold onto UofL’s 15 seconds of NBA fame in the Donovan Mitchell/Ben Simmons Rookie of the Year debate by showing a little thigh.

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Dwane Casey Did NOT get Snubbed

The Kentucky National Champion may have gotten a raw deal from his former employers, but real still recognizes real.  Casey was named NBA Coach of the Year for his record-setting season with the Toronto Raptors.  The Detroit Pistons got themselves a good one.

A Wild World Cup

The World Cup has entered the final portion of the group stage and lost its collective mind.  Group B concluded with a pair of goals decided by video review in stoppage time to help Portugal and Spain advance to the round of 16.  It was pure insanity, and there’s more on the way today.

  • 10:00 am — Denmark vs. France on Fox
  • 10:00 am — Australia vs. Peru on FS1
  • 2:00 pm — Nigeria vs. Argentina on Fox
  • 2:00 pm — Iceland vs. Croatia on FS1

KSR is Invaded by Pardon My Take

It’s a Pardon my Takeover of Kentucky Sports Radio with Barstool’s Big Cat and PFT Commenter.  After putting Coach Cal on the hot seat and proclaiming Brooklyn bourbon as America’s No. 1 spirit, what will they do this year?


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Georgia Running Back is Kentucky’s Fourth Commit in Four Days

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Kentucky’s hot football recruiting streak isn’t ending anytime soon.

Valdosta, Georgia running back Travis Tisdale announced on Twitter that he has committed to Kentucky over USC, Penn State, LSU, TCU, Minnesota and Nebraska among others.  The three-star running back is UK’s fourth commit in four days.  Recruited by Matt House, he is the fifth player from the state of Georgia to join Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.

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The 12th member of the Cats’ 2019 recruiting class is an ESPN Top 300 prospect, ranked the 16th-best running back and No. 256 player overall by the four-letter network.  He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore and has posted a 10.83 100m dash.  Watch Tisdale fly:


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Three Reasons to be Excited about Demontae Crumes’ Commitment to Kentucky

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The Kentucky football team ended an exciting recruiting weekend with an exclamation point.

It all began Friday night, when a pair of talented recruits from the south pledged their allegiance to the Big Blue Nation.  Three-star cornerback Jay Ward, an athlete from Sihiem King’s alma mater of Colquitt County, Georgia, got things rolling.  Shortly after, the Cats picked up an important defensive line commitment from the Mississippi JUCO ranks, Taures Payne, a Hoover High alum who will have two years of eligibility at Kentucky.

Two commits in one night is quite exciting, but the best surprise was saved for Sunday night.  Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes, a wide receiver from Louisville Butler High School, made waves around the city of Louisville by committing to Kentucky.  There are a few reasons why you should be excited to see one of the state’s best athletes in Kentucky blue.

1. A Deep Threat

What was Kentucky’s offense missing last year?  A deep threat at wide receiver.  What will Kentucky have with TaeTae Crumes on the roster?  A deep threat at wide receiver.

The first thing a deep threat must have is top-end speed.  Crumes has that, but there’s another more under-appreciated ability Crumes has in his arsenal that sets him apart from the pack.  When the ball is in mid-flight, TaeTae does a fantastic job of tracking the ball, adjusting his route and attacking the pass at its highest point.  It takes exceptional body control and he makes it look easy before shifting into a second gear and bursting toward the end zone.

Normally you have to go to Florida to find a receiver like TaeTae Crumes.  Vince Marrow just had to make an 80-mile drive on I-64.

2. Stole One from Louisville

Kentucky went into the city of Louisville and plucked one of the city’s most talented athletes from under Bobby Petrino’s nose.  Crumes initially committed to the Cards back in February.  Ten days later, he received a scholarship offer from UK.  It only took two months for Crumes to reopen his recruitment, and two more months for him to commit to Kentucky.

Salty UofL fans will try to make you believe they’re better off without him.  Don’t believe their lies.

3. Momentum in Louisville

Since Mark Stoops tasked Vince Marrow to recruit the Commonwealth, prospects have given rave reviews, but up until this point, their words have not been reinforced with actions.  Crumes’ commitment validates Kentucky’s presence in the city of Louisville.

Kentucky now has a commitment from the state’s ninth-ranked recruit according to the 247 Composite Rankings.  There are four more uncommitted top ten prospects from the state of Kentucky, and the Cats are in pretty good shape with all of them.  If Shawnkel Knight-Goff recommits to UK, don’t be surprised. Kentucky is in a great position with Jared Casey, the four-star linebacker who has been a frequent flyer to Lexington.  J.J. Weaver might be the best of the best and he’s close with TaeTae Crumes.

Mark Stoops brought in the Big Dog to put Kentucky’s best high school football prospects in UK uniforms.  Even though Marrow prefers to roll dice, TaeTae Crumes could be the first of many dominos to fall.


Purdue Football has become a Problem

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When Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow began recruiting at a rate unequaled by their predecessors, only the big dogs — namely Ohio State and Alabama — stood in the way of Kentucky’s Big Dog.  Now there’s a new kid on the block raising hell in the recruiting world: Purdue.

The artist formally known as “Purdude” has turned into a recruiting nightmare for Kentucky.

In his first season as the Boilermakers’ head coach, Jeff Brohm compiled a seven-win season that ended with a thrilling bowl victory over Arizona.  Riding a wave of momentum, Brohm has made quite a few splashes on the recruiting midwestern scene.

It began with Rondale Moore.  A four-star Army All-American, the Trinity slot receiver flipped from Texas to Purdue just ahead of National Signing Day.  At the time it was perceived as a miraculous flip.  It actually was just the beginning of a blazing hot recruiting season.

Brohm has deep-rooted connections within the state of Kentucky that could pay dividends at the right time.  For the most talented in-state recruits, it’s always been a battle between UK and UofL.  Now it’s a fatal three-way with Purdue in the 2019 class, the most talented group the Commonwealth has produced in years.  J.J. Weaver and Wandale Robinson have already been to West Lafayette for official visits.  Milton Wright has taken almost zero visits, but he’s been to Purdue.

It does not take a wise man to presume Brohm — a former Mr. Kentucky Football, UofL starting quarterback and WKU head coach — could recruit well in Kentucky, especially with a new facility and a ton of on-field momentum.  However, a few recent recruiting decisions have sent a shockwave through the midwest.

In two weeks, Purdue has landed a pair of commitments that were perceived to be heavy-leans to Kentucky.  The Boilermakers went to Detroit, a territory where UK has recently made a lot of noise, and picked up a commitment from four-star safety Marvin Grant.  It happened only a few weeks after Grant was expected to announce a commitment to Kentucky.  Last weekend Ohio defensive end Dontay Hunter, Benny Snell’s former high school teammate, picked Purdue over UK.  Huh?  Since Hunter’s decision, six others have committed to Purdue, increasing the Boilermakers’ total to FIFTEEN commitment in the month of June.

Purdue is riding a wave of recruiting momentum that resembles Mark Stoops’ meteoric rise in the midwestern recruiting scene.  Each program sold a new facility with a rising, innovative coach where players can leave a lasting legacy by turning around a program.  In the interim, Kentucky has adjusted by investing more in the deep south, picking up three commitments from the area in the last week.

As West Lafayette has transformed into a popular destination, Kentucky has taken some lumps.  UK football can’t afford to take too many more.

*** If you’ve ever listened to a KSR Football Podcast, you’ll know that the Brohms are my cousins.  That doesn’t change what’s happening on the recruiting scene in the Midwest.  


Today on KSR: Yahtzee SZN

It was quite a busy night in the Bluegrass for the Kentucky football team.  The Cats picked up not one, but two commitments for Mark Stoops’ defense.

The first of the night came from a Jay Ward, a three-star cornerback who chose UK over West Virginia, UCF, Iowa State and others.  The third commitment from the state of Georgia in the 2019 recruiting class, Rich Brooks’ old recruiting stomping grounds are bringing elite athletes back to the Commonwealth.  Ward attends Colquitt County High School, the former home of running back Sihiem King, and is coached by Rush Probst, the man who became famous leading Hoover High on MTV’s “Two a Days.”

Speaking of Hoover High, that’s where Kentucky (kinda) found the second commitment of the night.  Defensive lineman Taures Payne completed high school football in Hoover before transferring to Northwest Mississippi C.C.  A 6’4″ 265-pound defensive lineman from Hoover and a Mississippi JUCO is all you need to know that he will be a stud (because Miss. JUCO defensive linemen are the best and most reliable recruits from the JUCO ranks).

The Cats’ 2019 football class now features ten commitments.  That number should continue to grow in the coming weeks.

Relive Draft Night

The dust is still settling after a wild and crazy NBA Draft.  Wenyen found a Summer League home in Sacramento, Kevin Knox was introduced to the New York media, Jarred Vanderbilt was riding a scooter in Denver and much more.

One of Cal’s Best is in Town

Kentucky Wildcats never hesitate to return to reunite with their coaches on UK’s campus.  That rule is not exclusive to UK players.  Dejuan Wagner, Calipari’s first “one and done” who averaged 20 points per game at Memphis, is in Lexington this weekend for Cal’s Father-Son Camp.

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A Name from UofL’s Past Resurfaces

And no, it’s actually not a scandalous woman.  Remember Akoy Agau?  He was a forward at the end of Rick Pitino’s bench four years ago that opted to transfer to Georgetown.  After a few years there and at SMU, he is returning to UofL as a grad transfer to play for Chris Mack.  There are unorthodox college basketball paths, and then there’s this.

Who Won, Skip or Skip?

Embrace Debate.


2019 cornerback Jay Ward commits to Kentucky

2019 cornerback Jay Ward commits to Kentucky

How about a Yahtzee to start the weekend? 2019 three-star cornerback Jay Ward just committed to Kentucky.

The 6’2″ 180 lbs. Moultrie, Georgia native held offers from Iowa State, Marshall, Southern Miss, UCF, West Virginia, Western Kentucky, and several others. He received an offer from Kentucky back on January 23, and visited unofficially on February 24.

Ward is Kentucky’s ninth commitment in the 2019 class, joining safety Moses Douglass, outside linebacker Kadarius McDaniel, dual quarterback Nik Scalzo, athlete Marquez Bembry, outside linebacker Tra Wilkins, cornerback Jalen Geiger, offensive tackle Jake Pope, and offensive guard Eli Cox.

Watch him work:


Former UK Football Commit Officially Visits Kentucky

Former UK Football Commit Officially Visits Kentucky

Kentucky is still in the hunt for one of the top remaining in-state recruits.

One month ago, the Cats landed a commitment from three-star defensive end/outside linebacker Shawnkel Knight-Goff.  Two weeks later, the athlete from Louisville Doss backtracked and reopened his recruitment.  After the decision, most people chalked it up as a loss to UofL.  Most people were wrong.

Three weeks later, Knight-Goff is on Kentucky’s campus for an official visit.  The ninth-ranked player in the state of Kentucky might not be a lost cause after all.

We learned long ago to never count out Vince Marrow.  The Big Dog still has plenty of new tricks left for Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.