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CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup


elam– Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin 5-star defensive tackle Matt Elam will take an official visit to Alabama this weekend.

Elam was downright euphoric after his Nov. 9 visit to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide’s win over LSU and a return trip could potentially tip the scales of his recruitment back in Bama’s favor.

Since he was expected to pick Kentucky, not sure how you can read Elam’s decision to postpone his announcement as anything but bad news for the Wildcats, but still think UK leads heading into Elam’s visit this weekend.

– Wednesday marks the end of the dead period and it will be very telling as to whom the Kentucky staff reaches out to in an attempt to fill its four remaining spots in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day Feb. 5.

In addition to Elam, the UK staff would also like to add at least one more offensive lineman (tackle specifically) and another playmaker in the secondary.

– In addition to hosting three current commitments (Blake Bone, Jarrett LaRubbio and Stanley Williams), the Wildcats will also have a handful of recruiting targets on campus for official visits this weekend:

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

It will likely come down to UK and Mississippi State for Stallings, who is being recruited by UK offensive line coach John Schlarman.

Stallings is originally from Mississippi and had a brother who played at Ole Miss.

Josh Krok
Offensive Tackle
Niles (Ohio) McKinley
Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 300

Krok is currently committed to West Virginia but is mulling over a visit to Lexington this weekend.

Whether he actually makes it to campus will be a huge indication of his interest in the Wildcats.

Outside of Elam, offensive tackle is UK’s No. 1 priority to close out this class.

olsonRobert Olson
Offensive Tackle
Eden Prairie (Minn.) Eden Prairie Senior
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 250

Olson’s offer sheet (Yale, Nevada, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State) won’t blow you away but he’s a kid with a lot of upside.

Likely the UK staff wants to get him on campus and get a look at him before deciding to pull the trigger on a potential scholarship offer.

T.J. Harrell
Safety
Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic
Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 210

Louisville was the heavy favorite for Harrell before Charlie Strong’s departure, which has given Kentucky a chance to get its foot in the door for the talented playmaker and this weekend’s visit will go a long way in determining UK’s chances.

Harrell is cousins with UK running backs coach Chad Scott. Florida State, Michigan State and Ole Miss are also in the mix.

tubman– Kentucky also had its eye on Louisville (Ky.) Seneca 4-star defensive end and former Vanderbilt commitment Lloyd Tubman, who followed James Franklin and flipped to Penn State.

It is unclear as to whether Tubman will take his scheduled official visit to UK this weekend.

– Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln defensive back Kendall Randolph has canceled his scheduled official visit to Louisville this weekend and is likely down to Kentucky and Oklahoma.

He will visit UK Jan. 24 and Oklahoma Jan. 31.

– UK defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley‘s name has been bandied about as a potential replacement for the same position at Georgia.

The Bulldogs recently lost their defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham, to Louisville, so the defensive backs hire may be put on the back burner for the time being.

Ansley has had a part in recruiting both of Kentucky’s 2015 commitments, Montrell Custis and Marcus Walker.

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Article written by Chris Fisher

18 responses to “CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup”

  1. Wow

    That is an absolutely awful shirt and tie combo. Elam, learn how to dress, bro.

    1. Joe

      Really the T-shirt he got issued clashes with the dress shirt and tie, that do match? Get a clue. That having been said Elam may be heading into a bad spot with the clothing sales, thing. I don’t think either Alabama or Kentucky are going to want to risk NCAA problems, so Matt needs to get on the radio and telephone right away and explain that to both schools….and the public.

    2. Wow

      Joe- While you’re right that his shirt and tie match, they still look horrible, and would look horrible regardless of whether he had the yellow jersey on or not. Dude looks like someone threw up Pepto-Bismol all over him.

    3. Rockfield, KY

      Critiquing a high schooler’s clothes? Get a life.

    4. Robert Talbot

      What do you expect from the kid? I doubt that he can afford my shirts at $250 each and cordinated ties at $135 each, at least not yet!

    5. Oh yeah

      Talbot, sure he can afford it. Just take some of the $$ he got for selling his USAAA Bowl gear and there ya go.

  2. Red Headed Stepchild

    Any of the above mentioned players would be a better choice than Elam. With all the drama and uniform sales I wish STOOPS would just move on………..we don’t need the bullsh!t.

  3. Wow

    I also find it a little pathetic that you got so indignant over a fairly innocuous comment about his personal style. What are you, his boyfriend?

  4. Joe

    I also find it a little pathetic that you got so indignant over a fairly innocuous comment about his personal style. What are you, his boyfriend?

    I thought it was pathetic that that was your complaint about him….there’s plenty more to be snarky or upset about than a tie which you find objectionable.

    1. Wow

      Well there’s little else to comment about on this article, since it doesn’t really tell us that anything that wasn’t already reported on this very site right after the All American game. Maybe you should take a Xanax and chill, I’m sure Elam doesn’t feel he needs you standing up for him online. Just ask him on a date if you’re so in love.

  5. Monkey + Football

    Chris, I see your crystal ball on 247 still shows Marcelys Jones to UK. When is that flip going to happen?

    1. bluegrassstu

      Marcelys is attending OSU, is already attending classes. IMO he was never going to flip.

  6. Rixter

    Isn’t there a limit to how many visits a kid cam take? It seems to me Elam is in Tuscaloosa every weekend.
    If I were Coach Stoops, I’d tell Matt Elam the same thing the Governor told Andrea… ‘If you go to Tuscaloosa.. stay there’

    1. Oh yeah

      No, there is only a limit on official visits. He took a bunch of unofficial visits to UK. Too bad none compared to the atmosphere of the Bama vs. LSU game (when he was in Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit).

  7. gvillecat

    How many more players do the Cats expect to take? What’s the scholarship situation like?

  8. inside source!

    Lloyd will be on campus Friday with his sister. I know both of them. Don’t believe me just watch!! Love knowing the recruits!!

  9. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Maybe I should make the trek up to Tuscaloosa from Montgomery and see if I can sway Matt to UK. :-)

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Okay, not really. I can’t go anyway and I don’t want to be considered a booster or something even though I haven’t lived in Kentucky since the mid 70’s!