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Three JUCO Prospects Headline Mark Stoops’ Recruiting Guest List

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.

Terry Wilson

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.

Aaron Maddox

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:

Bryant Pirtle

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:

Yahtzee! Watch?

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 responses to “Three JUCO Prospects Headline Mark Stoops’ Recruiting Guest List”

  1. jch67

    “or bust”???

    I hate the way you completely disregard the 4 QBs currently on the roster not named Johnson. Didn’t Gunner Hoak push Johnson for the starting spot this year? Isn’t Barker the current #2 QB??

    Personally I would have liked to see what Hoak could do in those couple of blowouts we received. We’ve seen Barker and, he is what he is until he proves differently…

    Why are you relegating these guys to be clipboard holders?

    1. Kernel Sanders

      I think he means that since Baldwin has committed to OSU, and Foster appears to be choosing between LSU and FSU, then if we don’t sign Wilson the 2018 class will be a bust in terms of signing zero QB’s. I don’t think it’s a comment on the remaining QB’s on campus. At least I didn’t read it that way.

      However, I do have serious concerns about next year’s QB position. Even including Barker, we have very little experience at QB.

    2. krautdog

      Hoak, the best qb, didn’t even see the playing field! They’re never going to get any experience if don’t give them some rep’s & keep bringing in mucosal. Definitely not good for recruiting future qb’s!

    3. mm40

      I don’t think he was disregarding our current quarterbacks at all. He was simply relaying the information about current recruits. This is not an article about who will be next year’s quarterback, it is about recruiting.

    4. bd2153

      Agree totally.

  2. 2Dogs

    Stoops should pick up Wilson from the airport in a Bentley. If nothing else we’ll get 12 stories about it.

    1. cats646

      Very true

  3. jimmer

    D-Line??? Good grief we need some of those.

  4. timewilltell

    If u are an offensive lineman from Florida and you don’t have an offer from the the big boys, there is a reason!

    1. LaRueBlue

      I’d have to disagree with ya there. You know how many D1 prospects come outta Florida yearly? They can’t take everyone of em.

    2. timewilltell


  5. LaRueBlue

    Aaron Maddox is a better version of JD Harmon, and I absolutely loved that kids play.

  6. catsfan9508

    Why is that qb foster still listening to FSU? Because he removed them from his list and swapped them for Bama