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YAHTZEE! 3-star CB Yusuf Corker commits to Kentucky

YAHTZEE! 3-star CB Yusuf Corker commits to Kentucky

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Well how about this for a late Christmas gift? According to Justin Rowland, 3-star cornerback Yusuf Corker just committed to Kentucky, picking the Cats over Tennessee, South Carolina, and Michigan State. Tennessee was thought to be the favorite for the 6-0, 185 lbs. corner from Stockbridge, Georgia, but Kentucky apparently made an impression on Corker on his official visit to Lexington on December 9:

Corker, the cousin of former Cat Raymond Sanders, is considered the¬†38th best corner in the¬†country, and is now the 22nd commitment in Kentucky’s rapidly improving 2017 class, which has gained eight members since the win over Louisville and now ranks 19th in the country according to Rivals.

Kentucky Football Class of 2017

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Javonte RichardsonWRMaple Heights, Oh.6-42104-star
Tyrell Ajian ATH/DBMansfield, Oh.6-11854-star
Lynn BowdenATHYoungstown, Oh.6-11854-star
Joshua PaschalSDEOlney, Md.6-42554-star
Yusuf CorkerCBStockbridge, GA 6-01854-star
Danny ClarkQBStow, Oh.6-42253-star
Alex KingDEMason, Oh.6-42353-star
Phil HoskinsDT (JUCO)Toledo, Oh. 6-52753-star
Bryant KobackRBHolland, Oh.5-111913-star
Joshua AliWRHollywood, Fl.6-01803-star
Clevan ThomasWRHollywood, Fl.5-111903-star
Michael NesbittCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-01853-star
Jamin DavisOLBLincolnton, Ga.6-32053-star
Walker WoodQBLexington, Ky.6-11873-star
Quinton BohannaDTCordova, Tn.6-32753-star
Nassir WatkinsOTOlney, Md.6-63003-star
Christopher Whittaker DEHollywood, Fl.6-42463-star
Cedrick DortCBPalm Bech Gardens, Fl.6-11653-star
Austin DotsonOTBelfry, Ky.6-63053-star
Sebastien DolcineOLMiramar, Fl. 6-42853-star
Lonnie JohnsonSGary, In.6-31903-star
Jordan Wright DEFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-52253-star
Abule Abadi-FitzgeraldDELakeland, Fl.6-72503-star
Isaiah EppsWRJenks, Ok.6-31853-star

Let’s watch him work:


The State of Kentucky Football Recruiting

The Cats' most recent commit, Jordan Wright (@JayyDubb15).

The Cats’ most recent commit, Jordan Wright (@JayyDubb15).

Kentucky Football Class of 2017

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Javonte RichardsonWRMaple Heights, Oh.6-42104-star
Tyrell Ajian ATH/DBMansfield, Oh.6-11854-star
Lynn BowdenATHYoungstown, Oh.6-11854-star
Joshua PaschalSDEOlney, Md.6-42554-star
Yusuf CorkerCBStockbridge, GA 6-01854-star
Danny ClarkQBStow, Oh.6-42253-star
Alex KingDEMason, Oh.6-42353-star
Phil HoskinsDT (JUCO)Toledo, Oh. 6-52753-star
Bryant KobackRBHolland, Oh.5-111913-star
Joshua AliWRHollywood, Fl.6-01803-star
Clevan ThomasWRHollywood, Fl.5-111903-star
Michael NesbittCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-01853-star
Jamin DavisOLBLincolnton, Ga.6-32053-star
Walker WoodQBLexington, Ky.6-11873-star
Quinton BohannaDTCordova, Tn.6-32753-star
Nassir WatkinsOTOlney, Md.6-63003-star
Christopher Whittaker DEHollywood, Fl.6-42463-star
Cedrick DortCBPalm Bech Gardens, Fl.6-11653-star
Austin DotsonOTBelfry, Ky.6-63053-star
Sebastien DolcineOLMiramar, Fl. 6-42853-star
Lonnie JohnsonSGary, In.6-31903-star
Jordan Wright DEFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-52253-star
Abule Abadi-FitzgeraldDELakeland, Fl.6-72503-star
Isaiah EppsWRJenks, Ok.6-31853-star

By the Numbers

Players lost next season by position:

  • OL: 4
  • RB: 3 (2 walk-on fullbacks)
  • WR: 2
  • DL: 2
  • DB: 3

Commits by position:

  • OL: 3
  • QB: 2
  • RB: 1
  • WR: 4
  • DL: 6
  • LB: 1
  • DB: 4

Commits by state:

  • Florida: 7
  • Ohio: 6
  • Kentucky: 2
  • Maryland: 2
  • Indiana: 1
  • Georgia: 1
  • Tennessee: 1
  • Oklahoma: 1

Who’s Next?

Lynn Bowden¬†— ¬†The¬†Youngstown native would be the highest ranked recruit in the class, maybe the highest ranked recruit ever to commit to Kentucky. ¬†The Cats are in a great position for the 4-star athlete.

Bruce Judson¬†— Lamar Thomas and Darin Hinshaw visited the 3-star athlete early in the recruiting season. ¬†The South Florida commit has an official visit scheduled for January 11.

Jon Ford —¬† A teammate of Jordan Wright, the defensive lineman is committed to Miami but things may change after he visited Kentucky before the dead period.

Ohio Duo —¬†Ohio wide receiver¬†Danny Davis¬†has been a mainstay on the recruiting trail for months. ¬†If the Cats take another offensive lineman it will offensive tackle¬†Thayer¬†Munford.

Kevaughn Dingle —¬†After removing his commitment to The U, Dingle announced Kentucky was his leader. ¬†The 4-star wide receiver will visit UK January 27.

For more, check out this story from the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts.


Friday’s Top 10: Darlene Love, Recruiting, and Creepy Tiger Woods Santa

Friday’s Top 10: Darlene Love, Recruiting, and Creepy Tiger Woods Santa

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Between the Vegas trip and the Louisville game, Christmas really snuck up on me this year, but there’s always one moment that puts me in the holiday spirit. For me, it used to be Darlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” on the David Letterman Show. Letterman, of course, retired last year, but thankfully, things like YouTube exist so I can recreate the moment every year:

If you don’t know about Darlene, I recommend watching the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” which profiles backup singers and, in Love’s case, their difficult transitions to becoming solo artists. I always loved that Letterman had Darlene¬†on so she could get her time in the spotlight, and last year, she put out a new album entitled, “Introducing Darlene Love” that is definitely worth a listen if you like people with amazing voices. Since it’s Christmas, here’s Darlene’s¬†“It’s Christmas, Of Course” album from 2007 to listen to while we go through the news:

1. Both the football and basketball teams are home for the holidays

It’s probably going to be a quiet day on the news front, as both the football and basketball teams are at home with their families to enjoy the holidays. The football team will head to Jacksonville Christmas night to begin bowl prep, while the basketball team will come back to Lexington on December 26 to resume Camp Cal and get ready for their SEC opener in Oxford on December 29.

2. A basketball recruiting note to keep an eye on

Yesterday, the internet was abuzz with rumors that five-star wing Hamidou Diallo had left his school and enrolled at UConn, but for now, that is false. Diallo is on an official visit to UConn, and has already graduated high school, so he can enroll in college as soon as next semester, which would allow him to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. Getting to the 2017 Draft seems to be Diallo’s goal, so keep an eye on his visit to UConn. If he decides to enroll early, it will most certainly be there.

3. Some football recruiting notes to keep an eye on

Unfortunately, it got overshadowed by the UofL game, but earlier this week, UK picked up its 21st commitment in the 2017 class in three-star defensive end Jordan Wright, and Stoops and company aren’t done yet. Kentucky’s still in the hunt for several four-star prospects, including athlete Lynn Bowden, wide receiver Danny Davis, offensive lineman Thayer Munford, and wide receiver Kevaughn Dingle.

4. Do they have a shot at flipping Jedrick Wills?

It’s also worth noting that the staff hasn’t given up on five-star offensive lineman Jedrick Wills. Even though the Lafayette star is committed to Alabama, he’s been spotted around the UK Football Training Center lately, and flipping him apparently isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Hopefully we’ll find out more once Scoop Lemond gets back from Mexico.

5. I hope you all saw this tweet from Tiger Woods

Is it wrong that I actually feel more confident Tiger will make a comeback now that he’s doing weird stuff like this again?

6. If you haven’t yet, read Gregg Doyel’s article about Grayson Allen.

EVERYONE’s had an opinion on the Grayson Allen trip, but none may be as interesting as Gregg Doyel’s, who argues Allen’s outburst is a sign of a much larger problem for the Duke star. Doyel opens up¬†about his own problems with anger, which he recognizes in¬†Allen. Yes, Allen acted like a complete douche by tripping the Elon player, but watching his outburst on the sidelines afterwards, it’s hard to deny something bigger’s going on. Click here to read Doyel’s take on it.

7. Here’s the UK Hoops crew singing “Jingle Bell Rock”

Definitely better than the guys singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”:

8. Look at all the bowl games we can watch today!

  • 1:00 PM: Bahamas Bowl – Eastern Michigan at Old Dominion, ESPN
  • 4:30 PM: Armed Forces Bowl – Louisiana Tech vs. #25 Navy, ESPN
  • 8:00 PM: Dollar General Bowl – Ohio vs. Troy, ESPN

Three cheers for the fighting Neal Browns!

9. Look at all the KSR podcasts you can catch up on!

Be sure to refresh your KSR podcast feed today because there are new episodes. Freddie Maggard uploaded the bowl edition of The Depth Chart Podcast and the Funkhouser crew¬†debut their new podcast, Comics, Culture & Wildcats, which I’m eager to check out.¬†Last night, the KSR Football Crew taped their bowl preview at The Original Brooklyn Pizza in Lexington, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear it. Look how much fun they had, though:

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@Jgrip3899

10. No radio show today

The radio station gave everyone the day off, but holidays don’t exist at the KSR compound, so we’ll be here to bring you the latest UK sports news in the most ridiculous manner possible.


3-star DE Jordan Wright commits to Kentucky

3-star DE Jordan Wright commits to Kentucky

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We now interrupt rivalry talk for some big football recruiting news. Three-star defensive end Jordan Wright just committed to Kentucky via Twitter:

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The 6’5″ 225 lbs. Wright hails from¬†Fort Lauderdale, Florida and picked UK over Arkansas, although he also had offers from¬†Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Louisiana State, Michigan, Oklahoma and Southern Cal. He’s considered the 21st best weakside defensive end in the country and is Kentucky’s 21st commitment, seventh this month. He’s also the seventh commitment from the state of Florida, all recruited by Eddie Gran.

Wright also plays basketball, and interestingly, spoke to John Calipari on the phone a few months ago about also playing basketball at UK as a walk-on. Whether or not that actually happens remains to be seen, but thanks for the assist, Cal!

Welcome to the fam, Jordan. Watch him work in the highlights below:


Wednesday’s Top 10: Yahtzees, Camp Cal, Vegas, Alan Thicke

Wednesday’s Top 10: Yahtzees, Camp Cal, Vegas, Alan Thicke

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Good morning, everyone. I bet you didn’t expect to wake up to a picture of Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson in Green Bay Christmas sweater vests, but here we are. Watch out Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, this has “Step Brothers 2” written all over it.

Let’s get to the news of the day, starting with some big developments in football recruiting…

1. UK got two huge football commitments yesterday

How big was that win over Louisville? Kentucky’s gotten FIVE commitments since then, including two huge ones yesterday from 4-star defensive end Joshua Paschal and top JuCo safety Lonnie Johnson. Johnson will provide immediate help in the secondary, while Paschal could be one of the biggest gets of the Mark Stoops era. Considered the 11th best strong side defensive end in the country, Paschal is the younger brother of former Cat (and current graduate assistant) TreVaughn Paschal and didn’t even have Kentucky in his top seven this summer. Not only is Kentucky getting a great player, Vince Marrow is making more inroads in the talent-laden DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area where Paschal goes to school.

2.¬†UK’s 2017 class is now in the Top 25 nationally

The addition of Paschal and Johnson boosted Kentucky to #22 in Rivals’ 2017 team recruiting rankings, 26 in 247 Sports Composite’s.

With 19 recruits, here’s where the class stands right now:

Kentucky Football Class of 2017

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Javonte RichardsonWRMaple Heights, Oh.6-42104-star
Tyrell Ajian ATH/DBMansfield, Oh.6-11854-star
Lynn BowdenATHYoungstown, Oh.6-11854-star
Joshua PaschalSDEOlney, Md.6-42554-star
Yusuf CorkerCBStockbridge, GA 6-01854-star
Danny ClarkQBStow, Oh.6-42253-star
Alex KingDEMason, Oh.6-42353-star
Phil HoskinsDT (JUCO)Toledo, Oh. 6-52753-star
Bryant KobackRBHolland, Oh.5-111913-star
Joshua AliWRHollywood, Fl.6-01803-star
Clevan ThomasWRHollywood, Fl.5-111903-star
Michael NesbittCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-01853-star
Jamin DavisOLBLincolnton, Ga.6-32053-star
Walker WoodQBLexington, Ky.6-11873-star
Quinton BohannaDTCordova, Tn.6-32753-star
Nassir WatkinsOTOlney, Md.6-63003-star
Christopher Whittaker DEHollywood, Fl.6-42463-star
Cedrick DortCBPalm Bech Gardens, Fl.6-11653-star
Austin DotsonOTBelfry, Ky.6-63053-star
Sebastien DolcineOLMiramar, Fl. 6-42853-star
Lonnie JohnsonSGary, In.6-31903-star
Jordan Wright DEFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-52253-star
Abule Abadi-FitzgeraldDELakeland, Fl.6-72503-star
Isaiah EppsWRJenks, Ok.6-31853-star

3. Meanwhile, Brian Cole committed to Mississippi State

Once Kentucky added Johnson, one of the top safeties in the JuCo ranks, it wasn’t surprising that fellow JuCo safety Brian Cole went elsewhere. Cole, a former Michigan Wolverine turned East Mississippi Community College Pirate, committed to Mississippi State last night. That should make Brittany Wagner very happy.

Today’s signing day for junior college prospects, so stay tuned for any last minute surprises.

4. The spring game is moving to Friday night

Yesterday, UK announced the annual spring game will take place on Friday, April 14 under the lights at Commonwealth Stadium. If you can’t make it in person, the game will air live on the SEC Network.

5. Finals end today for the basketball team

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That means Camp Cal begins. In the past week, John Calipari has sounded absolutely giddy about the notion of 29 straight days of four-a-days. (!)

“Bar the door, right there, let‚Äôs go. I said, you got to eat, sleep, video games, I‚Äôll give you a little time for your video games, and then we‚Äôre playing basketball.‚ÄĚ

6. Calipari himself is prepping for North Carolina

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@UKCoachCalipari

Cal was in his office last night watching tape to get ready for Saturday’s showdown with North Carolina in Vegas. For those of you worried he was spending too much time on the road promoting his book, it looks like Palmer’s making sure he’s not going anywhere.

7. If you haven’t yet, check out Calipari’s podcast

I don’t know what’s better: Calipari talking to guests like Charles Barkley or Calipari reading Blue Apron and Papa John’s ads. I had high hopes for Cal’s podcast and he exceeded them with the first episode. Do yourself a favor and listen on iTunes¬†here. It‚Äôs also available on SoundCloud, Google Play and Stitcher.

Speaking of podcasts…

8. Special Vegas edition of The OTT Podcast drops today

Last night, I taped a podcast with my husband, Matt, and Fake Barney about our trip to Vegas, which starts tomorrow and has me crazy distracted today.¬†The episode will be uploaded on the KSR feed on iTunes tonight, so tune in to hear our favorite Vegas stories (that we can tell), the things we’re most looking forward to, our picks for the top Vegas attractions, games, etc, and my passionate defense of the penny slots. If you’re also going to Vegas, it’s the perfect way to get pumped for the trip, and if you’re not, hopefully it’s entertaining nonetheless.

9. RIP Alan Thicke

If you listen to the podcast,¬†it kind of ends on a sad note when the news broke that Alan Thicke died at the age of 69.¬†Thicke was most famous¬†to my generation as the dad from “Growing Pains,” and was a staple on network TV for several decades. I just watched an episode of “Fuller House” season two (which is horrible by the way, I don’t know why I keep watching) that featured Thicke, so the news is a shock and very sad.¬†He’s also Robin Thicke’s dad, so thoughts out to their family. Thicke also wrote the theme song to several TV shows, including “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life,” so he was¬†a man of many talents.

And now I can’t get the theme song from “The Facts of Life” out of my head…

10. KSR is live from Roswell

Last night, the guys rolled in to Roswell, New Mexico on their supernatural tour of the United States. Today’s show will be live from the alien museum in Roswell, so tune in an hour from now for conspiracy theories and Matt debunking them.

Just kidding, the show will be live from the Fairfield Inn (1201 N Main St), so if you’re in the area, come on out and say hello.


LIVE: Lonnie Johnson’s announcement


Four Thoughts on Josh Paschal’s Commitment to Kentucky

 1. A Perfect Fit

Playing a 6-technique (heads-up on a tight end) is one of the most difficult tasks you can ask from a defender. ¬†Paschal has the size to take on the contact¬†and the quick-twitch muscles to read and react. ¬†He’s versatile enough to stand-up as the OLB, or put¬†his hand in the dirt¬†as the 3/4 DE.¬†His explosiveness off the line¬†is remarkable. ¬†The first half of his highlight reel is filled with plays featuring one¬†subtle move before he explodes¬†into the backfield for the tackle. ¬†Some think you need a massive arsenal of weapons to rush the passer, but all you need is a good rip and a good swim. ¬†He already has both.

2. He Doesn’t Have to Play Right Away

Even though recruiting the Josh Allen/Denzil Ware position was a priority in the 2017 class, Kentucky has Josh Allen and Denzil Ware in 2017. ¬†Much like when Ware¬†redshirted in his freshman season behind¬†Bud and Za’Darius, Kentucky’s premier players behind the line of scrimmage will be another year older, with never before seen depth behind them.

Junior college transfer Jordan Bonner has a year of experience under his belt and two more years of eligibility. ¬†The Cats also redshirted three outside linebackers in the class of 2016: Jamar “Boogie” Watson, Roland Walder and Jaylin Bannerman. ¬†Paschal is good enough to play right away, but he doesn’t have to.

3. I Never Thought It Would Happen

Of all the top recruits in the 2017 class, Paschal was the guy I wanted at Kentucky more than any of them.

First, elite defensive ends are my favorite. ¬†There’s nothing better than a delicious sack lunch. ¬†Second, his brother is one of the nicest guys I met at UK. ¬†In-between coaching changes he never got his fair shot, but he never complained. ¬†Josh would have the luxuries Tre never had at UK and a skill set to take him to the next level. ¬†When I saw Kentucky was left off Josh’s¬†top seven, I understood and moved on, but made sure to tease Tre every time I saw him. ¬†I never expected this turn of events, but that’s the kind of year it’s been for Kentucky football.

4. Sorry, Not Sorry Bob

Bob has always been the Stoops brother with the upper hand, but not this time Bob-O.  Mark convinced Paschal to come to Kentucky over Oklahoma, giving Mark bragging rights this Christmas.

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@JPaschal5

Kentucky Lands 4-Star Defensive End

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Joshua Paschal has committed to Kentucky.  Of all the recruiting news from this year, this is without a doubt the best news.

A 4-star defensive end from Maryland’s national powerhouse Good Counsel High School, Paschal is the younger brother of former Wildcat and current GA TreVaughn Paschal. ¬†Despite the connection to Kentucky, Paschal didn’t even include Kentucky in his top seven. ¬†Paschal chose Kentucky over Notre Dame and Oklahoma. ¬†Just when you thought Vince Marrow had done it all, he’s done something even more impressive.

Paschal is considered the nation’s No. 11 strong side defensive end, a consensus Top 300 player and a finalist for The Opening, Nike’s premier recruiting event. ¬†Watch his highlights and geek accordingly.

The addition of Paschal, the 18th commitment and third 4-star in the Class of 2017, moves UK up to No. 27 in 247’s 2017 class team rankings and No. 33 in Rivals’ rankings.


Welcome to the Dead Period

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Dead Period.  What sounds like an AMC promo for The Walking Dead is actually a term in the college football recruiting world.

Starting Sunday night at midnight through January 11 is a Dead Period in college football.  Football coaches and recruits are forbidden from any in-person contact.  The only permissible contact is through written or electronic communication.

These rules are strict. ¬†If Mark Stoops¬†runs into Walker Wood while getting this morning Starbucks, he cannot have a conversation with him at all. ¬†He could probably get away with a “Hi” and a wave, but the NCAA doesn’t mess around. ¬†Joker Phillips lost his job at Florida when he ran into a recruit at a restaurant and posed for a picture during a dead period.

There is an exception during this period. ¬†Sunday was the start of a quiet period for all mid-year junior college enrollees. ¬†In quiet periods, coaches cannot visit players off campus, but they can see players on campus. ¬†It makes sense, because if a junior college player plans on enrolling in the spring semester, they’ll probably have to be on campus by January 11.

Mid-year junior college transfer will begin signing letters of intent starting tomorrow, December 14. ¬†One who could be signing with Kentucky on Wednesday, defensive back Lonnie Johnson, will choose¬†between the Cats, Georgia and West¬†Virginia tonight at 5:00. ¬†Here isn’t the only¬†JUCO transfer¬†that could pull the trigger and commit to Kentucky this week. ¬†Former Michigan safety Brian Cole will decide between Kentucky and Ole Miss, and defensive tackle Craig Evans will choose between UK and Oregon State.

Outside of junior college kids, there’s buzzing the recruiting world surrounding a pair of 4-star recruits — defensive end Josh Paschal and athlete Lynn Bowden. ¬†Bowden released his top ten schools last night and could announce a commitment to Kentucky as early as this week. ¬†The buzz surrounding Bowden isn’t as intense as Paschal. ¬†His recruitment has been kept quiet, but the tides have started to turn¬†UK’s way after¬†his Good Counsel teammate Naasir Watkins committed last week.

This is also the time of the year where we learn who will enroll early.  Yesterday Long County, Georgia outside linebacker Jamin Davis became the first confirmed early enrollee when he held a signing ceremony at his high school.

“Yesterday was a dream come true for me.Thank you to everyone who has brought me this far! #BBN” – @jamindavis25

He’s expected to be joined by Danny Clark. ¬†Walker Wood planned on enrolling early but his injury in the state title game may have changed things. ¬†We should know the complete class of mid-year enrollees over the next ten days.


Tuesday’s Top 10, Brought to you by a Salty Russell Westbrook

When KSR hits the road, you never know what’s going to happen. ¬†It was not surprising when Jerry Lawler’s Diner turned out to be trash, or that¬†a ghost drank a glass of¬†wine at the haunted hotel in Oklahoma City. ¬†I think we all were surprised to see Russell Westbrook snap back at KSR’s Editor-in-Chief last night on Twitter.

After Drew poked a little fun at Westbrook’s Instagram modeling, Westbrook got salty. ¬†As usual, Drew had the last laugh.

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All of this happened on a Monday. ¬†They still have three more days before they reach Vegas. ¬†I can’t even begin to guess the kind of shenanigans they’ll get into, so¬†you better stay tuned.

1. Kentucky Added a Football Commit

The first UK news of the week broke early Monday morning when Florida offensive guard Sebastien Dolcine flipped his commitment from UCF to UK. ¬†He’s the second UCF commit to flip to Kentucky, following defensive end Chris Whittaker. ¬†Dolcine is commit No. 17 in the class of 2017 and the third offensive lineman, considered the No. 78 offensive guard in America.

2. More Commits Coming?

Junior college defensive back Lonnie Johnson will choose between Kentucky, Georgia and West Virginia this evening¬†at 5:00 p.m. ¬†The Gary, In. native took his official visit to Georgia last weekend and UK the previous week. ¬†Johnson is considered one of the top two safeties in junior college football. ¬†He’s one of a few JUCO transfers that could pick UK this week; more on that a little later today.

3. No Movement in the Polls

After defeating Valpo and Hofstra, Kentucky stayed at No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 7 in the Coaches’ Poll. ¬†When the Cats take on the Tar Heels this Saturday in Vegas it will be a matchup between No. 6 and No. 7, regardless of¬†which poll you prefer.

4. Jeopardy Fail

This $1,000 clue in the category “basketball” is about as easy it gets.

5.¬†Calipari Doesn’t Wrap Christmas Presents

I understand where Cal is coming from. ¬†Wrapping Christmas presents is much harder than it looks. ¬†Even though I’m terrible, I do it anyway. ¬†When they see the excessive amounts of paper crumpled up in the corner, they know the gift came from me. ¬†Cal needs to suck it up and get to wrapping in between book signings.

Calipari¬†also admitted he doesn’t chop onions. ¬†The coach-speak translation: Cal doesn’t cry.

6. In Case you Haven’t Heard Cal Enough, There’s a Podcast

If¬†you couldn’t find the time¬†to hear Cal in one of his 57 weekly media opportunities, he’s giving the BBN another chance to get to know him in a new weekly 30-minute podcast. ¬†Featuring guests from Papa John to Drake, the first episode was taped yesterday in New York City and should be released later this week.

7. Jeff Fisher (Somehow) Got Fired

Of all the surprising news from 2016, nothing caught me off guard quite like the news that Jeff Fisher got the ax in L.A. ¬†The King of keeping a job just recently got a two-year contract extension after allowing just shy of 50 points in a game. ¬†The strange “contract extension, then termination” move prompted one local news station to throw some serious¬†shade in the chyron.

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8. New Coach at WKU?

Pete Thamel is the first to report that Mike Sanford will be the Hilltoppers’ next head coach. ¬†Notre Dame’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, Sanford also spent time coaching at his alma mater Boise State, Stanford, and a season at WKU under Willie Taggart. ¬†It’s not yet official, but once it is confirmed there will only be one head coaching vacancy remaining: Temple.

9. Boogie and Randle Fight

You must use the term “fight” loosely. ¬†The two got tangled up near the top of the key and tumbled to the ground. ¬†The no-call infuriated Lakers’ coach Luke Walton. ¬†Watch him get tossed out of the game by the officials.

Don’t worry BBN, the two former Cats made up at the half.

10. Finals Must Really Suck

Sorry students, but I’m not sorry. ¬†I’ve gone one year without school and it feels oh so good. ¬†You should try it. ¬†You should also listen to KSR, from somewhere in West Texas, starting in one hour.


Reminder: Lonnie Johnson announces tomorrow

Reminder: Lonnie Johnson announces tomorrow

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In case you missed it this morning, Kentucky’s recruiting momentum kept rolling¬†with a commitment from 3-star OG Sebastien Dolcine, the 17th member of Mark Stoops’ 2017 class. That class could get bigger tomorrow when the nation’s top junior college safety Lonnie Johnson announces his decision at 5 p.m. Johnson attends Garden City Community College in Gary, Indiana, and could bring UK some immediate help in the secondary. He’s down to Kentucky, West Virginia, and Georgia, and visited the Bulldogs¬†this past weekend.

Speaking of JuCos, three-star safety Brian Cole will also announce this week, potentially tomorrow.¬†The former Michigan Wolverine played for East Mississippi Community College this season and visited UK this past weekend. Hopefully he’ll choose the¬†Cats so we can have another reason to watch season two of “Last Chance U.”

Other recruits to keep an eye on: 4-star DE Joshua Paschal (younger brother of TraVaughn Paschal), four-star athlete Lynn Bowden, and four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford. All three visited UK during the mega recruiting weekend on December 3.


BREAKING: 3-star offensive lineman flips commitment to Kentucky

How about a little breaking news to start the day? As first reported by 247 Sports, 3-star offensive guard Sebastien Dolcine just flipped his commitment from Central Florida to Kentucky. The 6’4″ 285 lbs. Hollywood, Florida native took his official visit to Kentucky this weekend, and liked it so much he decided to play his college ball in Lexington. Dolcine is considered the¬†78th best guard in the 2017 class, and was recruited primarily by Eddie Gran, who is recruiting the heck out of South Florida these days.

Dolcine is also the second commitment UK’s flipped from UCF in the last week. Last Sunday,¬†3-star DE Chris Whittaker, also from Hollywood, Florida, flipped his commitment to Kentucky. Kentucky now has 17 commitments in the 2017 class.

Welcome to the family, Sebastien, and keep it up, Eddie!


Jedrick Wills is on Campus

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Lexington Lafayette offensive tackle Jedrick Wills is hanging out with Walker on Wood on UK’s campus today. ¬†The 5-star Alabama commit was seen hanging out at the UK football training facility with the other visitors in town.

Could Kentucky change Wills’ mind? ¬†Probably not, but if he’s enjoying his visit as much as Phil Hoskins, a 3-star JUCO defensive tackle commit, anything is possible.

@Phil_Hoskins

@Phil_Hoskins


Where Kentucky Stands in Football Recruiting

UK's highest-ranked commit, WR Javonte Richardson (@Jigg_Starter) with LT last night.

UK’s highest-ranked commit, WR Javonte Richardson (@Jigg_Starter) with LT last night.

Mark Stoops said earlier today, “recruiting is going exceptionally well.” ¬†Since he can’t get into specifics, I thought it’d be appropriate to¬†take a deep dive¬†into the specifics.

After hosting about 15 players on campus last weekend for official visits, Stoops picked up a pair of commitments — Maryland offensive tackle Naasir Watkins and Florida defensive end Christopher Whittaker. ¬†The two additions give Stoops 16 commits¬†in the 2017 class. ¬†It’s ranked no. 33 overall, no. 11 in the SEC. ¬†The class in its entirety:

Kentucky Football Class of 2017

NamePositionHometownHeightWeight 247 Composite
Javonte RichardsonWRMaple Heights, Oh.6-42104-star
Tyrell Ajian ATH/DBMansfield, Oh.6-11854-star
Lynn BowdenATHYoungstown, Oh.6-11854-star
Joshua PaschalSDEOlney, Md.6-42554-star
Yusuf CorkerCBStockbridge, GA 6-01854-star
Danny ClarkQBStow, Oh.6-42253-star
Alex KingDEMason, Oh.6-42353-star
Phil HoskinsDT (JUCO)Toledo, Oh. 6-52753-star
Bryant KobackRBHolland, Oh.5-111913-star
Joshua AliWRHollywood, Fl.6-01803-star
Clevan ThomasWRHollywood, Fl.5-111903-star
Michael NesbittCBFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-01853-star
Jamin DavisOLBLincolnton, Ga.6-32053-star
Walker WoodQBLexington, Ky.6-11873-star
Quinton BohannaDTCordova, Tn.6-32753-star
Nassir WatkinsOTOlney, Md.6-63003-star
Christopher Whittaker DEHollywood, Fl.6-42463-star
Cedrick DortCBPalm Bech Gardens, Fl.6-11653-star
Austin DotsonOTBelfry, Ky.6-63053-star
Sebastien DolcineOLMiramar, Fl. 6-42853-star
Lonnie JohnsonSGary, In.6-31903-star
Jordan Wright DEFt. Lauderdale, Fl.6-52253-star
Abule Abadi-FitzgeraldDELakeland, Fl.6-72503-star
Isaiah EppsWRJenks, Ok.6-31853-star

By the Numbers

Players lost next season by position:

  • OL: 4
  • RB: 3 (2 walk-on fullbacks)
  • WR: 2
  • DL: 2
  • DB: 3

Commits by position:

  • OL: 2
  • QB: 2
  • RB: 1
  • WR: 3
  • DL: 4
  • LB: 1
  • DB: 3

Commits by state:

  • Ohio: 6
  • Florida: 5
  • Kentucky: 2
  • Georgia: 1
  • Tennessee: 1
  • Maryland: 1

Who’s Next?

Far from finished, Stoops expects to land “more than 20” in the class, leaving room for 6-8 more commitments. ¬†Here are a few of the guys they’re pursuing to sign on the first Wednesday of February.

Lonnie Johnson — The JUCO defensive back officially visited last weekend. ¬†He’ll take an official visit this weekend to Georgia before announcing his decision on Tuesday.

Lynn Bowden — ¬†The¬†Youngstown native would be the highest ranked recruit in the class, maybe the highest ranked recruit ever to commit to Kentucky. ¬†The Cats are in a great position for the 4-star athlete.

Joshua Paschal — Teammates with Watkins at Good Counsel High School, the four-star defensive end is “low key” about where he stands in the recruiting process, but what once seemed improbable continues to look better and better for Kentucky.

Bruce Judson — Lamar Thomas and Darin Hinshaw visited the 3-star athlete early in the recruiting week. ¬†The South Florida commit has an official visit scheduled for January 11.

Isaiah Epps — This receiver from Oklahoma just received an offer from UK earlier this week. ¬†Standing tall at 6’3, the Cats are his first major offer. ¬†He could be on commit watch when he visits this weekend.

Jordan Wright — The three-star defensive end has already taken his official visit to Kentucky. ¬†Before he announces his college decision on December 21, he could convince a teammate to come¬†to Kentucky too. ¬†3-star defensive end Jon Ford is a Miami commit visiting Kentucky this weekend.

Brian Cole — The former Michigan safety once appeared to be a lock for Kentucky. He opted to go the JUCO route, spending this year at Last Chance U East Mississippi C.C. ¬†Kentucky is still an option for Cole. ¬†He will visit Lexington this weekend.

UPDATE

I got so caught up looking for new names I forgot two of the biggest names that have been around for months: Ohio wide receiver Danny Davis and Ohio offensive tackle Thayer¬†Mumford. ¬†The Cats have put themselves in a great position. ¬†All they can do is continue to do what they’ve been doing, and wait.