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JUCO Defensive Back Quandre Mosely Commits to KENTUCKY

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For the second time today, Kentucky received a commitment from a lengthy cornerback.

Quandre Mosely announced on ESPN Radio Coastal Georgia that he will be a Kentucky Wildcat.  The Arizona JUCO defensive back picked UK over Utah and Oregon.  Mostly will enroll at UK in January for spring practice.

“That was the best fit.  When I went there I felt like home,” Mosely said.

Mosely will be the 21st signee in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.  247 ranks Mosely as the No. 2 junior college safety and No. 16 JUCO prospect in America.  After playing safety in junior college, the sixth 2019 signee from Georgia will move to cornerback at Kentucky.

When Mosely was asked what kind of player the Big Blue Nation is getting, he responded, “The best player in the world.”  See for yourself:


Mark Stoops is Working on an Afternoon Signee

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Mark Stoops received national letters of intent from 20 prospects this morning.  Almost half are expected to arrive on campus in January for UK’s spring semester.  That number could continue to grow.

We’re working on one defensive back right now late into the day here. Maybe have some news later on today. We’ll see,” Stoops said at his signing day press conference.

That one defensive back is safety Quandre Mosely.  The 6’1″ safety from Eastern Arizona College is considered the No. 16 JUCO prospect in the nation by 247 Sports.  Mosely officially visited UK December 7.  He’s also considering Utah and Oregon.  If the Georgia native chooses UK, he will be the 2019 class’ sixth player from the Peach State. Mosely is expected to make his announcement around 2:45 ET.

After this afternoon, Stoops will use the final spots in the class for the best available prospects.

“Obviously I want to carry some forward into February. I want to have some available. You never know what’s going to happen, what’s going to shake out,” he said.

“There’s a lot of talk and motion with kids nowadays with transfers and things of that nature, and certainly just the recruiting, the guys that are available still. We’re on some really good kids that we knew were going to take it into February. We’re still going to continue to battle with those guys as well.”

Four-star recruits Devonta Lee and Jammie Robinson are top priorities for Kentucky heading into the February signing day.

Stoops’ comments do raise concerns about JaVonte Richardson and Elijah James.  The two Iowa Western CC teammates committed to Kentucky were expected to sign this morning.  Stoops’ comments don’t appear to include that duo.  Why that is the case, I do not know.  One can only assume it’s because they can’t find a fax machine in western Iowa.


KSR’s 2019 Early Signing Period Live Thread

KSR’s 2019 Early Signing Period Live Thread

Good morning Big Blue Nation and welcome to the Early Signing Period.

For the second straight year, Kentucky football’s most significant signing day is in December.  As the faxes roll in, we’ll have updates on each new Kentucky Wildcat.  If all goes according to plan, more than 21 are expected to put pen to paper, while a few players could be pleasant surprises.


10:05 (Nick) — Another One

With the addition of Shawnkel Knight-Goff, only the two Iowa Western JUCOs remain unsigned.

Shawnkel Knight-Goff
Outside Linebacker/Athlete | 6-4 | 215 lbs.
Louisville, KY | Doss
Highlights
ESPN 72 ATH | 12 KY Top247 No. 383 | 21 WDE
Rivals — | 11 KY 247 Comp.  40 WDE | 9 KY

About: Knight-Goff thought Kentucky was so nice, he committed twice.  Two weeks after he made a spring decision, he decided to take his time.  The versatile athlete waited until his Senior Night to recommit.  Knight-Goff played seven positions over the last three years for Doss. He’s projected to play outside linebacker at UK, but he told KSR his favorite position is strong safety.  Knight-Goff is taking online classes to enroll this spring.

In His Own Words: “Seeing how their system works and seeing how Josh Allen was available to adapt to his environment and how they played, I can see where it would attract a lot of players, especially me and J.J. (Weaver).”

Luckett’s Film Room: The rangy high school athlete from Louisville fits what you would call “positionless football”. The long athlete is very rangy and was used all over the field in his Doss career. He’ll need to gain some weight and strength when he gets to college, but he could play multiple spots in Kentucky’s 3-4 scheme. He projects as a Sam outside linebacker and he has the tools to develop into a very good edge pass rusher. Knight-Goff has a burst and a quick twitch that cannot be coached.


9:35 (Nick) — Three Commits Remaining

UK is still waiting to receiver LOIs from a pair of JUCO teammates, Eli James and JaVonte Richardson, and Doss outside linebacker Shawnkel Knight-Goff.  Here’s what the class looks like as of right now.

Kentucky Football Class of 2019

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Jared CaseyLBLouisville, KY6-32354-star, .8958
JJ WeaverOLBLouisville, KY6-62404-star, .8937
Moses DouglassSSpringfield, OH6-22004-star, .8906
Shawnkel Knight-GoffOLB/ATHLouisville, KY6-42153-star, .8788
KD McDanielOLB/DETifton, GA6-32503-star, .8763
Travis TisdaleRBVoldosta, GA5-81653-star, .8762
Taj DodsonCBFairburn, GA6-21803-star, .8739
Isaiah GibsonDT Springfield, OH 6-43003-star, .8722
Demontae "TaeTae" CrumesWRLouisville, KY6-11653-star, .8688
Marquez BembryOLBAtlanta, GA6-32253-star, .8669
Nik Ognenovic TEFt. Lauderdale, FL6-5`2353-star, .8668
Cavon ButlerDTToledo, OH6-32903-star, .8626
Brandin EcholsCB (JUCO)Southaven, MS6-01803-star, .8602
Tra WilkinsILBStone Mountain, GA6-22103-star, .8506
Jalen GeigerCBColumbia, SC6-01853-star, .8480
Nik ScalzoQBFt. Lauderdale, FL5-111853-star, .8475
Amani GilmoreQBAmite, LA6-21753-star, .8431
DeMarcus HarrisWRVero Beach, FL6-21703-star, .8398
Jake PopeOTFt. Lauderdale, FL6-72753-star, .8385
Eli CoxOGNicholasville, KY6-42953-star, .8323
Quandre MoselyCBBrunswick, GA6-11953-star, .89

9:27 (Nick) — All Smiles from the Coaches.

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9:24 (Nick) — As expected, Wandale Robinson officially signed with Nebraska.  The state’s top-ranked player will be stuck shucking corn for the next four years.  Godspeed.


9:16 (Nick) — All Business Nik.  

I appreciate that Ognenovic decided to rock a tie on signing day.  I only spoke to him once for about 30 minutes, but I could tell he was more mature than a typical 18-year old.


9:06 (Jack) — Three-star cornerback Jalen Geiger has signed

Jalen Geiger
Cornerback | 6-1 | 190 lbs.
Columbia, SC | Spring Valley
Highlights
ESPN  73 CB | 15 SC Top247 174 CB | 28 SC
Rivals  – CB | 9 SC 247 Comp.  116 CB | 17 SC

About: The three-star cornerback signee chose Kentucky over South Florida, Cincinnati, Virginia, and North Carolina, among others. In five games this past season, Geiger finished with 25 total tackles, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and one forced fumble. With so many talented defensive backs graduating, Geiger will provide tremendous depth at the position.

Luckett’s Film Room: The high school corner may be on his way to a position change in college. Geiger has the skill set that UK’s staff usually prefers to use at safety and nickel. The three-star prospect is an excellent tackler and is comfortable in man or zone coverage. He has the flexibility to play multiple positions. With his physicalness combined with his coverage ability, he’s an ideal fit for UK’s nickel spot.


9:00 (Jack) — Vince Marrow updates the fanbase

The Big Dog wanted the Big Blue Nation to know this is a class the entire coaching staff is high on, possibly one of the best overall in the Mark Stoops era.

“If you look at the 2015 class, it might go down as one of the best classes both on the field and off the field,” he said. “We looked for kids like that in this (2019) class.”

One stud in particular? Four-star running back signee Travis Tisdale.

“I know a lot of the fanbase was focused on (Wandale Robinson) and everybody was high on him, but (Travis Tisdale) was a kid that was extremely underrated, but not to our staff,” he said. “He reminds me a lot of Boom Williams, he’s going to be electric. I know Eddie Gran is extremely excited about him.”

Marrow is particularly excited about the linebacker signees.

“This might be the best linebacker class we’ve had since we’ve been here,” he said. “We had to replace some talented guys, but this linebacker is special.”


8:55 (Jack) — Who’s left?

Signed (18): Jared Casey, Marquez Bembry, Cavon Butler, Jared Casey, Eli Cox, Tae Tae Crumes, Taj Dodson, Moses Douglass, Brandin Echols, Isaiah Gibson, Amani Gilmore, DeMarcus Harris, K.D. McDaniel, Nik Ognenovic, Jake Pope, Nik Scalzo, J.J. Weaver, Tra Wilkins, and Travis Tisdale

Waiting on (4): Shawnkel Knight-Goff, JaVonte Richardson, Elijah James, and Jalen Geiger.

Kentucky is expected to receive signatures from all 22 players today.


8:54 (Jack) — Travis Tisdale is in, pushes total to 18

Travis Tisdale
Running Back | 5-9 | 165 lbs.
Valdosta, GA | Lowndes
Highlights
ESPN No. 291 | 18 RB Top247 37 RB | 58 GA
Rivals 11 APB | 81 GA 247 Comp. 35 RB | 62 GA

About: Overlooked by major football powerhouses, Tisdale did not get overlooked by all of the major recruiting services.  ESPN ranks Tisdale as a four-star prospect and top 300 overall player.  A speed-back, the son of a military man has been clocked as fast as a 4.45 40-yard dash.  He led Georgia’s largest division of football in rushing yards (1,903 yards) and touchdowns (23).

In His Own Words: “It pushes me to work harder and prove myself just like Benny had to prove himself,” the overlooked prospect told the Courier Journal. “Really, how people treated him is kind of how they’re treating me now.”

Luckett’s Film Room: With the surprising loss of Bryant Koback followed a year later by the transfer of Sihiem King, Kentucky now finds themselves without a change of pace back. As of right now, every player in UK’s running back room will be over 200 pounds except for Tisdale. The jitterbug only needs a few steps to get to full speed and is slippery in space. With great size at the position, a change of style can be a nice change and that is what Tisdale will provide the offense.


8:44 (Nick) — A Moses Douglass story. 

I spoke with Moses and his father Moe for a signing day story.  Before that’s completed, I thought I’d share a little preview.  Moe, the former UK defensive who coached him at Springfield, said his son is quite a student of the game.  One night he went to check in on his son in his room, and he found him buried in Hudl tape of the upcoming opponent.

“It’s definitely a coach’s dream.  The Dad’s dream is ‘I want you to be doing your homework.'”


8:38 (Jack) — Four-star safety Moses Douglass and three-star cornerback Brandin Echols are in

Moses Douglass
Safety | 6-2 | 185 lbs.
Springfield, OH | Springfield
Highlights
ESPN 63 S | 37 OH Top247 No. 310 | 28 S
Rivals No. 227 | 17 S 247 Comp.  No. 373 | 30 S

About: One of Kentucky’s first commitments in the 2019 class is a consensus four-star prospect.  The son of former Kentucky Wildcat and Chicago Bear, Moe Douglass, Moses is a hard-hitting safety that can compete for playing time right away.  Well-respected amongst his peers, he could be the next great UK safety from Ohio, following in the footsteps of Mike Edwards and Darius West.  You’ll see Douglass during spring practice as an early enrollee.

In His Own Words: “It was the perfect situation for me.  I can come in and at least attempt to play early.  It’s close to home and they really had a good relationship with my mom.  The coaches made my mom feel like she was at home.”

Luckett’s Film Room: The athletic defensive back has everything you could want from a safety prospect. He’s big, fast, and agile. Douglass has the potential to be an alley filling safety who will be excellent in run support. When it comes to fitting the run, tackling in space, and playing downhill, Moses Douglass might be the best UK will have on the roster in 2019.

Brandin Echols
Cornerback | 6-0 | 180 lbs.
Southaven, MS | Northwest Mississippi C.C.
Highlights
ESPN  48 JUCO | 5 CB Top247 69 JUCO | 7 CB
Rivals  43 JUCO | 6 CB 247 Comp.  55 JUCO | 6 CB

About: Kentucky prioritized the edge in the 2019 class.  That includes cornerbacks.  Needing to fill quite a few holes, UK found a JUCO All-American to step right in.  The cornerback from the Mississippi JUCO ranks is a plug and play that could be in a significant role for Kentucky next season.

Luckett’s Film Room: The junior college transfer probably has the best chance of anyone in the class to come in and make a significant impact right away. Echols is smaller than UK’s starters the last three seasons, but he brings a nice skill set to the table. The Mississippi native is sticky in man coverage and has terrific ball skills. He attacks the ball in isolation situations and covers a lot of ground in zone schemes. He shows excellent athleticism on tape and will have a great chance to start for UK when Toledo comes to Lexington on the last Saturday in August.


8:33 (Jack) — Tweets from Kentucky signees are rolling in

Nik Scalzo says his “dreams (are) becoming a reality.”

Kentucky’s other quarterback signee, Amani Gilmore, seems pretty excited to be a Wildcat:

Here is wide receiver DeMarcus Harris signing on the dotted line:

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8:29 (Nick) — Georgia wanted Tra Wilkins.  His cousin, Mecole Hardman, scored a touchdown in the national championship for Georgia.  Instead of helping the Dawgs win a title, he’s leaving his home state school to come to Kentucky. Matt House deserves a tip of the cap for his recruiting success in the Peach State during this recruiting cycle.


8:26 (Jack) – Linebacker Tra Wilkins makes it 15

Tra Wilkins
Inside Linebacker | 6-2 | 210 lbs.
Stone Mountain, GA | Stephenson
Highlights
ESPN 69 OLB | 85 GA Top247 46 ILB | 97 GA
Rivals — | 110 GA 247 Comp.  50 ILB | 108 GA

About: Wilkins was pursued by plenty of SEC powers — Alabama, Auburn, and South Carolina.  One had an inside advantage, and it wasn’t Kentucky.  Wilkins’ first cousin is Georgia’s Mecole Hardman.  The dynamic playmaker tried to persuade his cousin to be a home state hero, but Matt House and Michael Smith convinced Wilkins to his best opportunity was in the Bluegrass.

In His Own Words: “I’m not going to lie, it was tough… I want to start my own legacy.  I want to start my own path.  I think Kentucky would be the best place to do that at.”

Luckett’s Film Room: Kentucky has had a lot of success with skinny, but fast inside linebackers at the Will spot and they scooped up another one in the class of 2019. Wilkins does a great job at finishing tackles. He leverages the football very well and finishes when he makes contact with the opponent. This is a great skill to have this early in your career. The Georgia native has great closing speed and seems to always be around the football. He plays with tenacity and his pass coverage ability could get him on the field very early.


8:24 (Nick) — You can’t overstate the significance of the Cavon Butler signing.  Kentucky found an under-the-radar recruit from the most difficult position to recruit, interior defensive line, and picked up a commitment.  Ohio State did everything in their power to pull him away.  He even watched the Buckeyes blowout Michigan on an official visit, yet he still picked UK.  Along with Chris Oats, the signing of Butler will go down as one of Vince Marrow’s most impressive signings at Kentucky.


8:22 (Jack) — Marquez Bembry makes it 14

Marquez Bembry
Outside Linebacker | 6-3 | 225 lbs.
Atlanta, GA | Jones County J.C.
Highlights
ESPN 49 JUCO | 4 OLB Top247 39 JUCO | 1 ATH
Rivals 47 JUCO | — 247 Comp.  44 JUCO | 1 ATH

About: The Atlanta edge defender was a Top 50 defensive end coming out of high school.  Originally a Tennessee signee, academics forced him to go the JUCO route.  He earned offers from Colorado and Ole Miss at the Mississippi Junior College.  KSR actually watched his team play against East Mississippi on our tour down to Hattiesburg last year.  Jones County JC’s logo looks awfully familiar.

Luckett’s Film Room: The Tennessee commit coming out of high school had to make a pit stop at junior college before committing to Kentucky. The linebacker prospect was used all over the field at Jones County JC and he projects to play the Sam at Kentucky. Bembry was used as a rush end at times, but his best asset is defending the run. The experienced linebacker has great closing speed and delivers a punch when he arrives to the ballcarrier. On film, he loves seeking out contact and he’s going to be an excellent contributor on special teams.


8:21 (Jack) — CAVON BUTLER IS OFFICIAL

Cavon Butler
Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 285 lbs.
Toldeo, OH | Whitmer
Highlights
ESPN 71 DT | 41 OH Top247 45 DT | 32 OH
Rivals 47 DT | 29 OH 247 Comp.  52 DT | 40 OH

About: Butler is not at the top of the recruiting rankings, but UK had to fight for Butler like he was a five-star recruit.  The explosive interior defensive lineman committed in August.  Not long after they caught wind in Columbus, Ohio State began applying pressure. Despite their best efforts, including an official visit for the rout of Michigan, and a late push by Michigan State, the Big Dog kept Butler in the fold.

In His Own Words: “Coach Marrow, I like him because he treats me like my own grandfather does,” he told Rivals’ Josh Helmholdt.

Luckett’s Film Room: The Toldeo native who played defensive end in high school will make the move to the interior in college. Right around 280 pounds, Butler has the size for the position and is nearly impossible to move off the football. He has some quick pass rushing moves that could turn into something, but where he’s going to make his mark in college is against the run. He has a great punch coming off the ball and does a good job shredding blocks. This was a significant recruiting win.


8:15 (Jack) — Quarterback commitment Amani Gilmore is signed, sealed, and delivered

Amani Gilmore
Pro-Style Quarterback | 6-2 | 180 lbs.
Amite, LA | Amite
Highlights
ESPN 36 PRO | 36 LA Top247 43 PRO | 53 LA
Rivals  – PRO | 39 LA 247 Comp. 43 PRO | 48 LA

About: The athletic dual-threat is a dual-sport star.  An MLB pitching prospect, the lefty can sling it and use his legs.  In the Louisiana state championship game, he scored a combined six touchdowns in a victory.  It didn’t take long for Gilmore to pick Kentucky. Shortly after he watched the Cats crush Miss. State at Kroger Field, he committed to the Wildcats.  He’s trying to convince his top 100 teammate, Devonta Lee, to do the same.

Luckett’s Film RoomThe Louisiana native is considered a legit MLB prospect and he plans on pitching for Nick Mingione’s squad while he is on campus. The multi-sport star is a longstrider who can quickly pick up yards in a short amount of steps. He is definitely a raw quarterback prospect and needs a couple years of seasoning, but it’s clear he has some very intriguing tools. The lefty is an above average athlete for the position who can spray the ball all over the field.

With Scalzo already in, both of Kentucky’s quarterback commitments are officially signed.


8:12 (Jack) — Jared Casey is officially listed as an OLB

Out goes Josh Allen, in comes Jared Casey. Kentucky linebackers coach Brad White sent out a tweet indicating Casey, who played both inside and outside at Ballard, will officially move to outside linebacker in Lexington.

Four-star signee J.J. Weaver played both OLB and defensive end at Moore High School, but he’s also being officially listed at OLB.


8:08 (Jack) — Gran on Scalzo. 

“I’m not going to compare him to Baker (Mayfield), but when you look at Drew Brees, that kind of player at that size… He can throw it on the run as well as anyone out there… Confidence is huge at that position. Nothing fazes him.”


8:04 (Nick) — JJ WEAVER IS IN! 

Welcome to the BBN, Mr. Weaver.  After initially saying he would wait till February, Weaver has made it official.

J.J. Weaver
Outside Linebacker | 6-6 | 240 lbs.
Louisville, KY | Moore
Highlights
ESPN 57 DE | 8 KY Top247 No. 334 | 21 SDE
Rivals 14 WDE | 4 KY 247 Comp.  No. 353 | 28 SDE

About: Few players look more ready to play than this four-star edge defender from Louisville.  Born in Broward County, Florida, few players in the state of Kentucky look like Weaver.  Not just because he’s an incredible athlete with room to grow, J.J. has six fingers.  Simply put, that’s really cool.

It’s also cool that he toyed with Louisville a little bit down the stretch.  It worried a few Kentucky fans, but he’s been all blue through and through for quite some time.  All family first, he can’t wait for his parents to watch him play at Kroger Field.  During the recruiting process, Josh Allen told J.J., “You can be better than me. You got this.”

In His Own Words: “I was blessed.  God blessed me with [six fingers].  Everybody asks me about it.  I used to be so ashamed of it.  I used to hide in my closet because I was different, and I didn’t know how to feel as a young’un.  But now I’m 19, today’s my birthday, and it means a lot to me.  Six fingers?  God blessed me with a gift.”

Luckett’s Film Room: When watching JJ Weaver play football on tape the first thing that jumps out is his motor. The defensive prospect plays hard on every snap and is constantly seen hustling to the football. Weaver has the frame to get up to 260-270 pounds. When he gets there the power element will be a huge part of his game.  Weaver will have some work to do when it comes to technique and consistently beating offensive tackles.


8:00 (Jack) – Freddie Maggard gets back to the film room

The former KSR superstar just couldn’t get away from doing what he loves most, joining the film room with John Schlarman and Brad White in two different segments to break down some of Kentucky’s newest signees.

If you’re not watching live, jump in there and watch here.


7:55 (Jack) – A duo of in-state products sign on the dotted line

Eli Cox
Offensive Guard | 6-4 | 300 lbs.
Nicholasville, KY | West Jessamine High School
Highlights
ESPN 76 OG | 15 KY Top247 71 OG | 16 KY
Rivals  – OG | 15 KY 247 Comp.  79 OG | 16 KY

About: Starting as an unranked guard out of West Jessamine, Cox moved up to two-star status, and then made another jump to three-star status to become one of Kentucky’s highest growing prospects. At 6-foot-4, 300-pounds, Cox is a consensus top-16 prospect in the state, choosing Kentucky over Army, Cincinnati, and EKU, among others.

Luckett’s Film Room: The Kentucky native is expected to play center even though he was not used their in high school. Cox was very powerful at the point of attack and was constantly able to punish opposing defensive linemen. Even without proper hand placement a lot of the time, Cox constantly was able to create movement and plays with an excellent energy level. At center, that base blocking power will be needed to consistently move bigger linemen around.

And next, a pretty big one…

Demontae “TaeTae” Crumes
Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 165 lbs.
Louisville, KY | Butler
Highlights
ESPN 103 WR | 11 KY Top247 109 WR | 11 KY
Rivals 72 WR | 9 KY 247 Comp.  94 WR | 10 KY

About: Known simply as TaeTae, the Butler wide receiver was the first recruit from the city of Louisville to commit to UK.  Originally a Louisville pledge, Crumes only let that mistake last for a few months.  Not long after Vince Marrow entered the picture, the deep threat decided to commit to Kentucky.  Clocked with a 4.3 40-yard dash, Crumes was recruited to make UK’s offense more explosive.

In His Own Words: “It’s the place I always wanted to play.  It’s something I grew up wanting to rep.  Now I have that chance.”

Luckett’s Film Room: He’ll play one of the outside receiver spots at UK. In high school, Crumes was an excellent deep ball receiver, but it wasn’t due to speed. The receiver just over six feet tall does a great job with body control and has excellent ball skills. He constantly catches the ball at its highest post. He can climb the ladder or scoop up the football off the turf. Crumes needs some seasoning, but he an excellent chance to develop into a great route runner. He’ll enter college knowing how to play the position and is very crafty at creating throwing windows for his quarterback.

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Today on KSR: 24 Hours till Signing Day

Nik Ognenovic’s family is ready for the tight end to become a Wildcat (@N11KOLAS).

Twenty-four hours from now, most of Kentucky’s 21-man 2019 recruiting class will have officially signed with UK.  That is, if everything goes according to plan.

The final 24 hours before signing day is a marathon for UK football coaches.  They’ll be on the phones with dozens of prospects as other programs try to pry them away from UK.  Last year, they could not do enough to keep Meechi Harris in the fold.  In 2016, Auburn and Georgia fought like hell to flip Jordan Griffin, but Stoops stayed on the phone with his family until the opposing pressure past.

It’s a ruthless final few hours on the recruiting calendar, but publicly it will be pretty quiet.  A few four-stars, Jammie Robinson and Devonta Lee, officially visited over the weekend, but they aren’t expected to sign until February.  There are a few potential late additions, most notably if JUCO cornerback Kelvin Clemmons.  UK was the favorite for Clemmons after a December 7 official visit.  That may have changed after the Tampa-native officially visited USF last weekend.  Clemmons will make his final decision tomorrow.  Another corner, Taj Dodson, could be another pleasant signing day surprise for Kentucky.

There’s one potential surprise that could put a damper on signing day.  Defensive tackle Cavon Butler will sign tomorrow afternoon, and two recruiting analysts recently flipped Crystal Ball picks for the UK commit to Michigan State.  I heard Butler’s official visit to Lexington went well, but it’s something to keep an eye on in the final hours of the recruiting season.

Before KSR’s early morning signing day coverage begins on Wednesday, you’ll see plenty of film study, interviews and more on the website throughout the day.  The football recruiting world isn’t the only part of the BBN that’s buzzing.

Back to Bowl Practice

The action on the Kentucky football practice fields continues this afternoon.  Eddie Gran, Matt House, Josh Allen and a few other players will brief the media one more time before they break for the holidays this weekend.

Now that final exams are over, the players have quite a bit of time on their hands.  Yesterday they spent some of that time playing games at Malibu Jack’s.  After getting lit up with AirSoft guns a year ago, Stoops opted for a much safer team bonding activity in 2019.

The KSR Football Podcast Returns

We’re back, back in the podcasting groove.  Drew, Austin, Chuck and I will be at KSBar this evening around 6:30 for the KSR Football Podcast’s Citrus Bowl Extravaganza.  Is there a better way to prepare for a UK upset of Penn State?  I think not.

If you’re too busy to stop by and listen, check your iTunes feed around 9:00.  If you can’t wait that long for a new podcast, listen to Nevada head coach Eric Musselman on the latest edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.

Boca Raton Bowling

If you don’t care about our podcast, you can still try to win some money at KSBar by watching the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. Whoever picks the closest score between UAB and Northern Illinois will be a finalist for The Hammer’s $5,000 prize.  If you stay for the entire game, the person closest to the final score still present will get $100.  Not too shabby.

UK Hoops in Action

Matthew Mitchell’s women’s basketball team will be back at Memorial Coliseum tonight at 7:00 pm to take on Western Carolina.  The eighteenth-ranked Wildcats are 10-1.  After tonight, you’ll only have one more opportunity to check the team out at Memorial, Friday night against Murray State, before the holiday break.

Tom Hart’s got Game

The ESPN play-by-play man doesn’t need to be at a UK game to insert a KSR reference into his call.

College Basketball on TV

  • 6:00: Princeton at #2 Duke on ESPN2
  • 6:30: App State at Georgetown on FS1
  • 7:00: Xavier at Missouri on ESPNU
  • 7:00: Oakland at Georgia on SEC Network
  • 8:00: #14 Buffalo at Syracuse on ESPN2
  • 9:00: Creighton at Oklahoma on ESPNU

Santa Bob

Bob Wiley became a household name when the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line coach was featured on Hard Knocks.  His belly became a viral sensation, jiggling for each, “Set, Hut!”  Ahead of Christmas, the playoff-chasing Browns have put Wiley back in the spotlight and I absolutely love it.