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CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup


Just because Kentucky already has most of its 2014 recruiting class already filled out doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be high drama in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day.

The Wildcats would still like to add four more and are still in the hunt for some big game.

The latest on where Kentucky stands with its top five targets:

MATT ELAM
Defensive Tackle
Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin
Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 350

Official Visit: Dec. 13

The Players: Kentucky, Alabama

The Latest: Sounds as though Kentucky has regained all the momentum in Elam’s recruitment following his official visit to Lexington last weekend.

Many have felt as though Elam already carried himself like a UK commit and both his physical and emotional proximity to the program weigh heavily in the Cats’ favor, even against the planetary pull of Nick Saban and Alabama.

On paper, Kentucky has no business competing against the likes of an Alabama for a 5-star prospect and no one would blame him or bat an eye if he chose the Crimson Tide. But it’s going to come down to more than program prestige.

Elam has a lot of pressure on him to stay home and I think ‘being a hero’ and being a part of the class that helped turn UK around is something that Elam values a great deal.

As someone else noted, I just think Elam’s ‘heart is in Lexington.’

MARCELYS JONES
Offensive Guard
Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 325
[Committed to Ohio State]

Official Visit: Dec. 7

The Players: Ohio State, Kentucky, Alabama

The Latest: Had generally been skeptical of Kentucky’s chances to flip Jones from Ohio State but information from multiple sources over the past several days leads me to believe the Wildcats have a much better chance than I originally thought and am now projecting Jones to flip to UK on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Jones, who is rated as the No. 9 offensive guard in the country by 247Sports, didn’t have the type of senior season that some had anticipated and while Ohio State would like to hold onto him, I am told it wouldn’t be “the end of the world,” for the Buckeyes end if Jones ended up elsewhere.

Getting Jones on campus for an official visit Dec. 7 was huge and Vince Marrow is close with Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr.

Jones may, or may not, be making an announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio Jan. 4. If he does, that would certainly bode well for the Wildcats. Why make the announcement that you’re still headed to the school you are currently committed to?

LLOYD TUBMAN
Weak-Side Defensive End
Louisville (Ky.) Seneca Academy
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 235
[Committed to Vanderbilt]

Official Visit: Jan. 17

The Players: Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Purdue

The Latest: The Wildcats face an uphill battle to flip the 4-star defensive end from his Vanderbilt commitment, but getting Tubman on campus for an official visit Jan. 17 could go a long way in doing so.

Mark Stoops’ and D.J. Eliot’s experience in developing defensive linemen could make the Cats an attractive option and Vandy coach James Franklin continues to be an intriguing darkhorse in the Texas coaching search.

JA’MEREZ BOWEN
Offensive Tackle
Cleveland (Ohio) Shaker Heights
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 270

Official Visit: TBA

The Players: Kentucky, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Washington State

The Latest: It’s clear that Bowen still has some academic hurdles he has to clear, but has made enough progress to where he could end up being a take.

Offensive line continues to be a position of need and the pickings are slim. If Bowen makes the leap academically, odds are very favorable he’ll be a Cat.

T.J. HARRELL
Safety
Tampa, FL (Tampa Catholic)
Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 210

Official Visit: Jan. 17

The Players: Louisville, Florida State, Ole Miss, Kentucky

The Latest: Harrell fits the role of playmaker that Kentucky would like to add to round out this class, but it’s safe to say they have significant ground to make up on leader Louisville.

Doesn’t hurt that Harrell’s cousin is UK running backs coach Chad Scott.

Harrell’s scheduled official visit to Lexington Jan. 17 looms large.

Other UK targets:

DEMARQUIS GATES
Outside Linebacker
Hampton (Ga.) Lovejoy
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 212
[Committed to Ole Miss]

JERVONTIUS STALLINGS
Center
Birmingham (Ala.) Spain Park
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 305

ANDREW HARRELL
Offensive Tackle
Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State Univ. School
Ht: 6-4.5 | Wt: 290

BENJAMIN KNOX
Offensive Tackle
Deland (Fla.)
Ht: 6-4.5 | Wt: 260

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Article written by Chris Fisher

9 responses to “CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup”

  1. Pawn star

    Somebody please explain to me how we can take on so many more recruits? I thought we were almost to our limit. But yet I see Tennessee at like 33 recruits when they talked about their recruiting class this year. Thought the limit was 25

  2. will

    i played against LLOYD TUBMAN hes probably being recruited as a lb, hes really athletic

  3. Terry Blue

    We can take 28:25 recruits per year plus 3 that we didn’t use in 2013=28

  4. Curious

    How would BBN feel if we flipped Jones but lost Elam to ‘Bama? Both would great, but woul we be satisfied if we scored Jones and not Elam? Chime in KSR and BBN.

  5. Just Wondering

    Where does everyone keep seeing Matt Elam as a 5-star recruit? Rivals has him as a 3-star and ESPN has him as a 4-star. I only check those two for the most part so I was curious as to where the 5-star ranking comes from

  6. Bubba

    A good discussion on Jones flipping to UK here: http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/recruiting/2013/12/marcelys-jones-to-uk

  7. Terry Blue

    247sports at least had Elam as a 5 star, not sure if he still is. BTW, the Courier-Journal just selected UK 2015 QB target Elijah Sindelar as their first team QB over our own Drew Barker

  8. sectvdeal

    That picture at the top is not a picture Matt Elam, if that’s what was intended.

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