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By Nick Roush on ©December 09th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
College Football’s National Signing Day is seven weeks earlier than normal this year. A busy month of December is even busier with a December 20 signing day.
Defensive coordinator Matt House said it’s difficult, “but I don’t know if it’s any more difficult than last year. It’s funny, when you get into the situation of juggling recruiting, bowl prep, final exams, you just kind of go. You don’t really have a chance to analyze it compared to the year before. That’s what we’ll have to do after signing day.”
The most difficult task at hand is figuring out how many recruits they want to sign on the 20th. There’s a fine line Stoops must toe. Do you sign guys you know who are solid, or risk losing them to find somebody better?
“It just depends,” Stoops said he’s still unsure how many they will take on the 20th. “If we’re very solid and feel comfortable with the guys we have, then we’ll close it out. I’m not sure. This is the first time we’ve gone through this. It is different, so we’ll see. I anticipate signing the majority of the class and that’s the way we’re approaching it right now. But I would like to keep a couple open.”
Regardless of how it all pans out, Stoops is confident the 2018 class will finish with 23-24 solid prospects.
“I know this, it won’t be hard for us to fill our spots. That’s for sure. We have to be very smart with how we finish off our class, because I think it’s very critical when you get into the last two or three spots.”
By Nick Roush on ©December 08th, 2017 @ 1:00pm
Over the next two weekends, Mark Stoops will host dozens of official visitors to solidify his 2018 recruiting class ahead of Signing Day on December 20. Most of Kentucky’s 2018 commits will be in town next weekend. This weekend Stoops will host a few talented junior college targets that plan to sign on the 20th. One could be Kentucky’s next quarterback.
After a week of, “will he or won’t he visit,” the electric dual-threat quarterback will in fact be on campus for an official visit this weekend. Vince Marrow has done enough to convince Touchdown Terry to see what UK has to offer. Hopefully it’s enough to keep away Nebraska, Florida and any other late-arriving programs.
A rising star safety out of Pima C.C. in Tuscon, Arizona, the D-1 offers have been rolling in for Maddox since the start of November. Along with Kentucky, his top suitors are Colorado, N.C. State, Louisville and Arkansas. Kentucky only recently entered his radar; the Cats offered Maddox just ten days ago. Watch him work:
— JUCO Football Frenzy (@JUCOFFrenzy) December 6, 2017
A Louisville-native, Pirtle led the state in sacks twice and helped DeSales win the school’s first two state titles. He initially committed to play defensive end for WKU, but as Maddox’s teammate at Pima C.C. he has transitioned into an outside linebacker.
Utah and Oregon were his early leaders, but Kentucky, Louisville and Oklahoma’s late-emergence has changed his recruitment. If Pirtle receives an offer from the Sooners when he takes an official visit next week, the Cats don’t stand a chance.
This season he earned second-team all-conference honors with 72 tackles and 3.5 sacks at Pima. Watch some of Pirtle’s best work from the first half of his sophomore season:
Kentucky could add an offensive lineman to the 2018 class this weekend. 6’4″ 330-pound Seminole, Florida offensive tackle Kenneth Horsey just picked up an offer from the Cats last week. Since then he’s hosted Darin Hinshaw and this weekend he’ll be an official visitor. Compared to his other offers — UCF, USF, ECU, Georgia State and South Alabama — Kentucky is in the driver’s seat.
The Kicker’s in the House
Most of the 2018 class is making their trip to Kentucky next weekend. Placekicker Chance Poore is getting a head start on the rest. He arrived in town for his official visit yesterday.
A Quarterback is Off the Board
If Kentucky does not get a commitment from Touchdown Terry, their 2018 quarterback options are limited. Last night Texas pocket-passer Matthew Baldwin committed to Ohio State.
With Baldwin off the board, Wilson and high school quarterback James Foster are the only two QBs who have received UK offers since Jarren Williams decommitted. Even though the Cats have quickly built a good relationship with Foster, his recruitment appears to be down to LSU and Florida State. For 2018 UK quarterbacks, it’s essentially Wilson or bust.
By Barrett Lindsey on ©December 07th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
The picture above is absolutely amazing and I can’t emphasize that enough. On the surface, this is a picture of Mark Stoops leaning on a Bentley alongside 3-star recruit Shocky Jacques-Louis (probably the best name ever). However, this picture has so much more to offer upon further analysis. Let’s take a closer look.
There aren’t many other cars that you can flex harder in than a Bentley and Stoops seems to be well aware of that, judging by this photo. Stoops knew exactly what he was doing here. Instead of standing close to the two other young men, he elected to isolate himself from them leaving an awkward gap. An awkward gap that ensures you notice the Bentley logo. This leaves zero doubt as to what kind of car he’s whipping thus solidifying his baller status. It’s definitely a rental, but what people don’t know won’t hurt them.
There are so many cars in this picture
Including the Bentley there are nine freaking cars in this picture which seems like an excessive amount of automobiles to be in this particular residential area. Anywho, Jacques-Louis recently decomitted from a crumbling Tennessee program which I think gives significance to the cars in the background. Notice the cars in the background are all hunks of junk compared to the Bentley. Jacques-Louis looks forward, stoically, with Stoops’ Bentley in the foreground while the less impressive cars are ignored behind him. The forward gaze and Bentley symbolize a successful future career with UK, while the cars in background represent mistakes of the past and the waning Tennessee program, each car symbolizing all the coaches who turned down the head coaching job.
I said earlier that Stoops was trying to flex but I never said he was good at it. I just find this part of the picture funny. First of all, I think Stoops is going for the old school B-Boy stance here, but it kind of just looks like he’s a little chilly and may need a thin jacket to combat the breeze. I’ve also never seen a man look so uncomfortable leaning against a car in my life. To tell the truth, I don’t really want my football coach to look comfortable leaning against a flashy vehicle anyway. If a football coach looks comfortable near a fancy car then all that tells me he is more interested in how he looks than how the team looks. It’s obviously a rental, and solely being used as a prop to make his football team better, which is a classic football guy move and Stoops is a pure football guy. Honestly, seeing Stoops that uncomfortable in this picture was very reassuring.
Also, notice the trashcan in the background. It’s a big blue trashcan that looks like it is devouring a smiley Amazon box while Stoops seems to be looking away in disgust. Possibly symbolic of Stoops’ unwillingness to ever disappoint the fans by letting the most recent UofL game happen again? I’ll let you interpret that one.
By Nick Roush on ©December 07th, 2017 @ 11:04am
Good news Tennessee fans, you found a football coach. Bad news Tennessee fans, you just lost a four-star safety.
Minutes after ESPN reported that Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will be Tennessee’s next head coach, four-star Volunteer commit Trey Dean reopened his recruitment. He shared this message on Twitter.
The decision also comes the day after Mark Stoops and Matt House were in Hampton, Georgia to see Dean for an in-home visit.
Considered a Top 25 safety and a Top 250 player in the 2018 class, Dean will take an official visit to Kentucky December 15. Alabama is considered the favorite after he took an official visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend. He will be in Gainesville this weekend for an official visit to Florida.
Watch Dean do work:
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Touchdown Terry WILL Visit This Weekend
Two weeks ago I talked to Stephen Johnson about his recruitment. He was on campus one weekend, he went home for a day to pack his bags and then returned to start school. I was warned that JUCO recruiting happens fast, but even I have been taken aback by the ever-changing recruitment of “Touchdown” Terry Wilson.
To summarize it quickly, all indications were that the dual-threat JUCO quarterback was not going to be a Wildcat. The guy that recruited him to Oregon took the Nebraska job (Scoot Frost) and quickly scheduled a visit. He was giving nods to Florida in Tweets, “Jumpman” after they became part of Team Jordan. He said UK was still “in the mix.” Normally that’s when I write a recruit off, but in this case UK is still actually in the mix and he’ll be in Lexington this weekend instead of Nebraska.
Football recruiting changes all the time, and for JUCO players it happens even quicker.
The Signing Day Show is Earlier this Year
For everyone who skimmed over the last paragraph to write in the comment section, “I’ll wait till they sign,” you’re in luck! This year’s Signing Day starts six weeks earlier. On December 20 at 8:00 a.m. UK will have a Live Streaming show to celebrate Stoops’ incoming 2018 class. You know it’s close when Freddie starts watching film…
The SEC Coaching Searches are Complete
The college football coaching carousel has not completely stopped (I’m looking at you Oregon), but unfortunately Phil Fulmer finally got Tennessee’s ish together and hired a head coach. Alabama and former Florida State defensive coordinator (Stoops’ replacement) Jeremy Pruitt will reportedly be announced as the Vols’ next coach today. A look at who’s coaching in the conference now (new coaches in bold):
- Alabama — Nick Saban
- Auburn — Gus Malzahn
- Arkansas — Chad Morris
- Florida — Dan Mullen
- Georgia — Kirby Smart
- Kentucky — Mark Stoops
- LSU — Ed Orgeron
- Missouri — Barry Odom
- Ole Miss — Matt Luke
- Mississippi State — Joe Moorhead
- South Carolina — Will Muschamp
- Tennessee — Jeremy Pruitt
- Texas A&M — Jimbo Fisher
- Vanderbilt — Derek Mason
Dan Mullen is now the only SEC East head coach who was not previously a defensive coordinator.
Courtney Love Shows Love
The widow of Kurt Cobain told Seth Meyers she would try to make it to a UK game this weekend to watch Kentucky’s Courtney Love in action. She never made it to Lexington, but she is still keeping up with Love.
Coach Cal will Preview the New York City Road Trip
The KSR crew has been on the road since Saturday, but the Cats will not leave until this evening. Today around 2:30 John Calipari will preview the road trip to Madison Square Garden for a matchup with Monmouth.
Florida is Falling Apart
The Gators looked like one of the best teams in college basketball when they went toe-to-toe with Duke in the PK80 finals. After they blew a lead to lose to the Blue Devils, the Gators have now lost three straight. On Monday they got taken to the woodshed by a very average Florida State team, falling 83-66. Last night they lost to Loyola-Chicago 65-59. Both losses were at home.
Maybe SEC Basketball is not back? Thanks, Mike White.
Vine is Back
After a brief hiatus, the social media app is BACK. Don’t Geek.
When I saw they are launching Vine 2 pic.twitter.com/Zaow6t4qSi
— Christmas Cass (@AndCassady) December 6, 2017
A Pair of New Podcasts
Aaron Torres had so much fun recording his first podcast, he’s hopping back on the mic today with Barrett Sallee. Freddie Maggard is getting back into the lab to talk about Northwestern on The Depth Chart Podcast. Keep an eye out for both later this afternoon/evening. Until then, listen to The Funkhouser Situation’s Comedy Countdown.
Not all Heroes Wear Capes
Witnesses saw this man pull over and rescue a rabbit from the LA wildfires. pic.twitter.com/v9EYpcmK9M
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 7, 2017
By Jack Pilgrim on ©December 06th, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Earlier this week, four-star JUCO QB and Kentucky target Terry Wilson tweeted that he was visiting somewhere “special” this weekend.
Headed some where special dis weekend 👀👀👀👀
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) December 5, 2017
It was later reported that the “special” place was Kentucky, and many people thought the Wildcats were the favorite to land the former Oregon quarterback.
Just a day after announcing his visit, he had a change of heart and decided he would visit Nebraska this weekend instead of UK. After Scott Frost was named head coach for the Huskers, his interest in the program spiked, and many thought a commitment was imminent when he changed his visit schedule.
From @USC1620, former Nebraska commit and Oregon QB Terry Wilson on if he'd be interested in Nebraska if Scott Frost is the next coach: "Yes sir. Most definitely."
— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) November 29, 2017
After announcing the Nebraska visit, reports leaked out that Wilson would still visit Lexington sometime next week. This morning, Justin Rowland of Rivals.com tweeted that fans “(shouldn’t) buy the story that Kentucky’s out of the Terry Wilson race.”
Tonight, our friend TJ Walker at Rivals reported that Wilson would, in fact, be visiting Kentucky this weekend.
SCRATCH THAT. Touchdown Terry Wilson is visiting UK THIS weekend. Kentucky’s top quarterback target will be in Lexington in a few days.
— T.J. Walker (@TWalkerRivals) December 7, 2017
After so many back and forths with this story, I don’t know what to believe anymore. What I do know, however, is that Wilson would be an absolute stud at Kentucky and could push for the starting job next season. He’s that talented.
Bring him on home, Stoops.
As expected, former Kentucky commit Jarren Williams has committed to play for Mark Richt at the University of Miami.
The four-star quarterback had his mind changed when he took an official visit and saw The U dominate Notre Dame. Before leaving Florida, he posted on Snapchat that he was no longer committed to Kentucky.
His first commitment to Kentucky was a simple Tweet. His second commitment was on the radio with Matt Jones. For his third commitment, he made a video.
I would like to start by thanking the man above, and everyone who has been involved in this process with me. Im glad to say that I’ve finally made my decision!! @Left__Field__ pic.twitter.com/PMnpFSEifO
— J D U B💰💫 (@Jarren2Williams) December 6, 2017
Best of luck to Williams at the next level.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 05th, 2017 @ 5:30pm
A great week just got even better for three Danville High School seniors. After winning the 2A State Championships on Saturday, D’Mauriae VanCleave, Jaleel Warren and Christian Hill were offered preferred walk-on spots at Kentucky, per their assistant coach Darius Baughman.
— Coach Baughman (@coachDBaughman) December 5, 2017
VanCleave was named MVP of the 2A final after scoring four touchdowns and intercepting two passes. He finished his senior season with 82 catches for 1,095 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with 762 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 carries. At 5’8″, he may be small in stature, but he’s FAST:
Danville with the reverse to VanCleave! He gone! Danville 14 Mayfield 8 pic.twitter.com/1Qff1CJcqw
— Anthony Wireman (@awireman) December 2, 2017
At 6’3″ 215 lbs., tight end/defensive end Jaleel Warren used all of his height to get this touchdown grab in Saturday’s game:
Hill, a 6’2″ defensive lineman, was also impressive in Saturday’s game, giving Mayfield’s offense fits. He finished the season with 54 tackles.
An undefeated season, a state championship, and the chance to represent their home state at the next level? That’s one hell of a week. Congrats, guys.
By Nick Roush on ©December 05th, 2017 @ 4:00pm
Mark Stoops pressed pause on a busy week of recruiting to talk about life on the road, the 2017 Cats and much more.
1. Will Jordan Jones be Back?
Stoops did not want to say with certainty that Jordan will play in the bowl game. “I expect him to participate in the bowl game. To what extent or how much and all that? I’m not ready to make any decisions on all that right now.”
Stoops was willing to share what Jones must do in order to be back on the field for the Music City Bowl.
“He’s got to be consistent in it, and it can’t be at the cost of the players and the people around him. He knows that. He works hard at it. He’s improved in a lot of areas.” Stoops added, “We tried exceptionally hard to do things right all the time and act right, but we’re not perfect and Jordan is not.”
2. How Many More Recruits will Stoops Add?
Kentucky currently has 18 scholarship commitments in the 2018 class. Stoops said the class will likely finish with 23 or 24 players.
“I feel good about where we’re at. I’ve gotta be very careful with where we’re at in numbers. I think we’re pushing it. I’m already pushing the envelope on where we’re at and how many we can sign,” he said. “We’ll see. Sometimes you get some very, very good players down the stretch here that it’s very difficult to say no to, but I’m very pleased with this class. They have great character. They have great talent. I feel very good about it.”
3. Stoops Prefers December Visitors
Kentucky hosts big recruiting weekends throughout the regular season. It provides players an opportunity to see what a gameday is like in Lexington, but Stoops doesn’t feel that there’s enough personal time with players during a game weekend.
“We’re preparing for a game, and so we don’t get to spend a whole lot of time with them. Myself, personally and the coaches really don’t get to spend a lot of time (with them).”
In December, that’s a completely different story. “We get to spend two full days with them. We get to go sit and sit with meals and enjoy them and get to spend time with them and really get to know them. We always prefer to spend time with these kids. That’s the big thing.”
The coaches get to spend more time with the recruits, and the recruits get to spend more time with Kentucky commits. This weekend is the first of two huge recruiting weekends for Stoops and Co. to close the deal with a few Yahtzees.
4. Where’d you get that Bentley?
Stoops made a splash when he showed up to Florida wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis’ house in a Bentley. “It’s right out back,” he joked. “I drove it all the way from you know where.”
As he left the media room he revealed that he in fact got the car from a friend who lives in Naples, not far from Jacques-Louis’ home.
5. Ready for Redshirts
Over the next month, Kentucky’s redshirts will get to see more action than usual while the primary starters use the time to get healthy. Redshirts do not always participate in day-to-day activities with the team. That changes during bowl season and Stoops is excited to see what they have to offer.
“We were borderline playing probably four, five, six of these guys. We did save their redshirt. I’m excited about these guys getting an opportunity to work and get on the field next year.”
Stoops didn’t want to name names, but KSR has heard that Naasir Watkins, Jamin Davis, Yusuf Corker and Bryant Koback have shown flashes during limited practice reps.
6. The New Assistant will Specialize on Defense
Today he confirmed what was reported last week: his new assistant will be on the defensive side of the football. He’s still not sure if he will hire someone based primarily on their scheme or recruiting abilities. That will be decided after signing day.
Stoops did not get into specifics but he did have this to say when asked if we could expect to see any other changes on his coaching staff: “I really don’t even have time to even get into that right now, but I do feel good an appreciate our staff. Change is inevitable in certain ways within the turnover of our roster and coaches may get other opportunities and move on. So we’ll see what happens and work our way through that as time goes here.”
7. Stoops Did Not Recognize Stephen
Just like everybody else, Stoops could not believe that Stephen Johnson chopped off all his hair. “He shocked me. I saw him the other day. I did not — I had to double take that.”
8. A Quote you can take Out of Context
“I don’t make sales pitches. That’s why I’m in coaching.”
For some reason, that statement drew the ire of a few fans on social media. Stoops was asked to sell the Nashville bowl game over the UofL basketball game. He’s made plenty of sales pitches to recruits, but John Calipari has been awfully kind to his program and I don’t think Stoops wanted to stir the pot and pit one team against the other.
By Nick Roush on ©December 05th, 2017 @ 2:30pm
Since Jarren Williams decommitted from Kentucky, next year’s quarterback situation has been a big question mark for Kentucky. With four proficient passers on the roster, Mark Stoops did not necessarily need to find one right away, but UK exhausted all options.
Kentucky extended scholarship offers to high school quarterbacks James Foster and Matthew Baldwin, but at the top of the list was JUCO dual-threat passer Terry Wilson. A former Oregon Duck, UK quickly developed a good relationship with Wilson.
Things looked promising after this weekend. UK coaches were in attendance for his bowl game and he canceled an official visit to the school that’s recruited him the longest, Indiana. Up until this morning, it looked like a trip to Lexington was going to take its place. Then, Scott Frost stepped in.
A native of Omaha, Wilson first committed to Nebraska in high school. While coaching at Oregon, Frost convinced him to change his mind to go to the West Coast. After Frost finished an undefeated season at UCF to become the Cornhusker’s next coach, one of his first calls was to Wilson.
This morning we found out that Wilson will be visiting Nebraska, not Kentucky this weekend. They’re the team to beat to beat, and it’s going to be awfully tough to beat them.
When Stoops was asked this afternoon if he expects to sign a quarterback in the 2018 class, he could only say, “I’m not sure.”
There is one sliver of hope for UK fans. Wilson told T.J. Walker of Cats Illustrated that Kentucky is still in the mix and that he plans to visit in the middle of next week, but if we’re being honest, this weekend’s trip to Nebraska will probably eliminate a potential visit to Lexington.
A guy who plays a lot like Stephen Johnson, the prospects of landing “Touchdown Terry” excited many UK fans. However, Kentucky still has plenty of quarterback options without Wilson.
By Nick Roush on ©December 05th, 2017 @ 10:15am
Fifteen days away from signing
day, I have some good news and some bad news. First, the good news.
Dual-threat junior college quarterback Terry Wilson will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Wilson moved up his trip to Lexington by canceling a visit to Indiana, the team that has recruited him the longest. The decision comes just days after Kentucky coaches were in the stands to watch his junior college bowl game. He teased the UK visit on Twitter.
Headed some where special dis weekend 👀👀👀👀
— Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) December 5, 2017
The good news is that Indiana is essentially out of the picture. The bad news is who replaced the Hoosiers. Steve Wiltfong reports Nebraska and Florida are now in play for Wilson.
Now with new head coaches, each one is trying to get off to a good start with an athletic quarterback. Of course Dan Mullen, the King of the JUCO, is now involved with Wilson. To Kentucky fans’ dismay, Wilson would be a great fit for a team without a consistent quarterback and would excel in Mullen’s system. A visit is not yet set in stone, but it’s on the horizon.
Wilson’s connections to Scott Frost and Nebraska really throw a wrench into his recruitment. A native of Omaha, Wilson initially committed to play for the Cornhuskers prior to a flip to Oregon. The man behind Wilson’s flip was Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost, who is now Nebraska’s head coach.
An optimistic person would be excited that Kentucky is the first school that gets a chance to wow Wilson. A pessimist sees the brand names lurking with an eleventh hour visit and dismisses Kentucky’s chances. How Wilson will make his final decision is probably somewhere in-between the two.
UPDATE: The visit to Lexington has been postponed for a trip to Nebraska.
Terry Wilson (@TerryTouchdown3) tells Cats Illustrated he will visit UK midweek next week and not this weekend. Things have really picked up for the UK target.
— T.J. Walker (@TWalkerRivals) December 5, 2017
By Nick Roush on ©December 04th, 2017 @ 10:30am
The Kentucky football team needs to recruit elite interior defensive lineman. Entering the weekend they had just one commit that fits that criteria, and he’s reconsidering his pledge to UK following an official visit to Pitt.
Ohio defensive tackle Tyler Bentley committed to Kentucky in June, turning down Louisville, Alabama and a handful of other traditional SEC powerhouse programs. All was quiet on the recruiting front for the three-star prospect until recently.
This weekend Bentley took an official visit to the University of Pittsburgh (Shocky Jacques-Louis was also in attendance). When he returned home, Bentley removed “Kentucky commit” from his Twitter bio, deleted his commitment Tweet and shared this:
Things change with time.
— 🔱Tyler Bentley🔱™ (@Tbcheese45) December 4, 2017
In an interview with Pitt’s Rivals site, Bentley did not say that he had officially withdrawn his pledge to Kentucky. However, he revealed that he’s contemplating his decision to take an official visit to Lexington on December 15.
If Bentley takes his official visit, the Cats would still have a good chance to convince him to remain firm with the Cats, but that’s probably not going to happen.
This morning Justin Rowland reported that Kentucky told Bentley they are parting ways.
Without Bentley, where will Kentucky find interior defensive linemen? That’s a question that currently has no answer.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©December 04th, 2017 @ 9:00am
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We’re going to the Music City Bowl!
In case you missed the big news yesterday, Kentucky will play Northwestern in the Music City Bowl. With the Louisville game tipping off at 1 p.m. ET and the bowl game kicking off at 4:30 p.m. ET, December 29 will be an epic day for the BBN in Nashville, and bars on Broadway are already flying their Kentucky flags in anticipation.
Freddie Maggard will be by with a quick look at the Northwestern Wildcats later this morning. Mark Stoops and select players will discuss the matchup tomorrow at noon.
If you want to join the party in Nashville, UK is accepting bowl ticket requests at UKFootballTix.com. As has become the norm, hotels downtown are outrageously expensive (once all the new ones they’re building open, prices should come down a little bit), so I recommend getting an AirBnB or staying outside of downtown and taking a Lyft or Uber in.
Here’s the SEC Bowl schedule
- Rose Bowl: #3 Georgia vs. #2 Oklahoma (Jan. 1, 5 p.m.)
- Sugar Bowl: #4 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson (Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m.)
- Texas Bowl: Missouri vs. Texas (Dec. 27, 9 p.m.)
- Belk Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest (Dec. 29, 1 p.m.)
- Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs. #21 Northwestern (Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m.)
- Tax Slayer Bowl: #23 Mississippi State vs. Louisville (Dec. 30, Noon)
- Outback Bowl: South Carolina vs. Michigan (Jan. 1, Noon)
- Peach Bowl: #7 Auburn vs. #12 UCF (Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m.)
- Citrus Bowl: #17 LSU vs. #14 Notre Dame (Jan. 1, 1 p.m.)
To the Georgia fan who posted Baker Mayfield’s cell number: way to poke the bear.
To whoever posted my cell #, bravo. But I got it changed! And to the Georgia fans that had the kind words of encouragement… I applaude your creativity
— Baker Mayfield (@baker_mayfield6) December 4, 2017
UK Volleyball is going to the Sweet 16
The other big news of the weekend is the UK Volleyball’s dramatic comeback win over Western Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The ladies are now headed to the Sweet 16, which will take place at Memorial Coliseum this weekend. UK will play BYU Friday at noon, and if they win, they’ll play the winner of Nebraska and Colorado Saturday at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at UKathletics.com/NCAATickets.
Picture of the Day: Mark Stoops, Shocky Jacques-Louis, and a Bentley Take 2
By now you’ve seen the pic of Mark Stoops and Shocky Jacques-Louis in front of the Bentley he took on his recruiting visit yesterday, but did you see take two, as shared by Benny Snell?
Nice pose, Coach.
Video of the Day: Silverdome implosion doesn’t work
The Silverdome in Detroit was supposed to implode yesterday, so imagine everyone’s surprise when it was still standing after the charges went off:
— Breaking News (@newnewspage) December 3, 2017
Apparently, the charges on the building’s main columns failed to detonate, why is why it’s still standing. The blasts did break the stadium’s steel beams, so the structure will collapse…eventually.
The gang is on Duke’s campus this morning
The KSR Road trip stopped in Raleigh/Durham yesterday. Today, the gang will be live from Duke’s football stadium for today’s show (which won’t be open to the public), so tune in to see what the gang’s been up to.
By Nick Roush on ©December 03rd, 2017 @ 10:42pm
College football coaches will go to great lengths to recruit the best of the best to their school. Tonight Mark Stoops made one of his flashiest moves to date.
The Kentucky head coach arrived at the South Florida home of Shocky Jacques-Louis in a blue ragtop Bentley. For a guy who once attended a high school football game in a helicopter, Stoops’ move should surprise no one.
Stoops arrived at the perfect time to see the former UK commit. Fresh off an official visit to Pitt, Stoops is playing all his cards to get Jacques-Louis back in blue.
By Nick Roush on ©November 30th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
The Kentucky football season ended on Saturday, but this might be the busiest week of the year for the Kentucky football coaches.
On Monday morning Mark Stoops’ assistants hit the road, covering the country from Michigan to Florida and everywhere in-between. Mark Stoops joined them on the recruiting trail on Tuesday after his call-in show. Here’s who they’ve met with and what has happened at the start of the busy recruiting season.
New JUCO Targets
The first JUCO prospect to receive an offer is one who has a close connection to KSR. Bryant Pirtle was a pass rusher for my DeSales Colts that led the state in sacks twice and in the process broke a little school record I used to hold. Committed to WKU out of high school, he headed west to junior college in Arizona. He’ll likely stay on the West Coast, but the Kentucky offer could change things.
Pirtle’s Pima C.C. teammate, defensive back Aaron Maddox, also received a scholarship offer from the Cats. A native of North Augusta, South Carolina, the safety currently holds offers from Arizona State, Louisville, Arkansas and others.
Another new defensive back target on the board is Warren Saba. A 3-star prospect out of Cleveland Benedictine, he does not yet have an offer from UK, but could pick up one when coaches watch Garden City C.C. this weekend. If that school sounds familiar, it’s also the home of quarterback Terry Wilson, who plans on taking an official visit to Kentucky in two weeks.
JUCO defensive line targets have yet to emerge, but that will surely not be the case much longer.
As of today, Wilson is probably the quarterback that is most likely to commit to Kentucky. The dual-threat JUCO quarterback will take an official visit to UK just before NSD with most of Kentucky’s committed 2018 class.
Today Darin Hinshaw visited another dual-threat quarterback, former Missouri commit James Foster. The day after the Cats extended an offer, the No. 14 dual-threat QB prospect in America included UK in his top five. LSU and Florida State are currently the favorites and this weekend he will be in Tallahassee. If Jimbo Fisher leaves for Texas A&M, that will give Kentucky another leg up in Foster’s recruitment.
— James Foster II (@YungSimba4) November 30, 2017
Foster isn’t the only quarterback Hinshaw has visited this week. He also caught up with Matthew Baldwin, a Colorado State commit who is considered one of the nation’s top 25 pocket passers in the 2018 class.
Targeting Tennessee Commits
Butch Jones’ termination has created a hysterical scene in Knoxville, one that is primed for opposing coaches to pick apart the Vols’ recruiting class.
At the top of that list is former UK commit Shocky Jacques-Louis. He has re-opened his recruitment and KSR is hearing things are trending Kentucky’s way for the Florida wide receiver.
There are a few other talented new names Kentucky is trying to pull from Tennessee. Yesterday Matt House was in Hampton, Georgia for an in-home visit with Trey Dean. A four-star safety and the No. 275 player overall according to the 247 Composite, Dean has tentatively planned an official visit to Kentucky for the pre-NSD recruiting weekend of December 16.
Another highly-touted Tennessee commit will take an official visit to Kentucky on that same weekend. Nashville native Tanner Antonutti is a 3-star, 6’5″ 260-pound offensive tackle that has become a top target in the final weeks of the recruiting season for John Schlarman.
Catching up with the Commits
The first order of business for Kentucky coaches during the post-Louisville week of recruiting is paying in-home visits to Kentucky’s verbal commits. The Twitter timeline is not filled with as many pictures with players and coaches, but Keaton Upshaw, Darrian Kinnard, Brenden Bates and Quintin Wilson have all shared snapshots from their visits. Where Kentucky’s class stands as of today:
Kentucky Football 2018 Signees
|Marquan McCall||OG||Oak Park, Mi.||6-4||320||4-star|
|Darian Kinnard||OT||Cleveland, Oh.||6-7||336||4-star|
|Terry Wilson||QB||Omaha, Ne.||6-2||180||3-star|
|DeAndre Square||S/OLB||Detroit, Mi.||6-1||200||3-star|
|Brenden Bates||TE||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-5||230||3-star|
|Stanley Garner||CB||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-3||180||3-star|
|Quintin Wilson||C||Cincinnati, Oh.||6-3||290||3-star|
|Marvin Alexander||WR||Hollywood, Fl.||6-3||175||3-star|
|Jamari Brown||CB||Pompano Beach, Fl.||6-3||180||3-star|
|Davoan Hawkins||DE||Hollywood, Fl.||6-4||270||3-star|
|Akeem Hayes||ATH/WR||Hollywood, Fl.||5-10||175||3-star|
|Keaton Upshaw||TE||Lima, Oh.||6-7||225||3-star|
|Bryce Oliver||WR||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-3||205||3-star|
|Christopher Rodriguez||RB||McDonough, Ga.||5-11||200||3-star|
|Ashtan Pierre||ATH||Deerfield Beach, Fl.||6-2||191||3-star|
|Domonique Williams||JUCO CB||Knoxville, Tn.||5-10||190||3-star|
|Kenneth Horsey||OT||Seminole, Fl.||6-4||325||3-star|
|Jerquavion “Qua” Mahone||DT||Manchester, Ga.||6-4||195||N/A|
|Chance Poore||K||Anderson, Sc.||6-3||200||3-star|
|Max Duffy||P||Western Australia||6-1||176||3-star|
This week the ground work is being laid for the Cats to cash-in on a few Yahtzees prior to the first ever college football early signing day on December 20. While all is quiet now, it’s going to get crazy in about two weeks.