Twenty-four hours from now, most of Kentucky’s 21-man 2019 recruiting class will have officially signed with UK. That is, if everything goes according to plan.
The final 24 hours before signing day is a marathon for UK football coaches. They’ll be on the phones with dozens of prospects as other programs try to pry them away from UK. Last year, they could not do enough to keep Meechi Harris in the fold. In 2016, Auburn and Georgia fought like hell to flip Jordan Griffin, but Stoops stayed on the phone with his family until the opposing pressure past.
It’s a ruthless final few hours on the recruiting calendar, but publicly it will be pretty quiet. A few four-stars, Jammie Robinson and Devonta Lee, officially visited over the weekend, but they aren’t expected to sign until February. There are a few potential late additions, most notably if JUCO cornerback Kelvin Clemmons. UK was the favorite for Clemmons after a December 7 official visit. That may have changed after the Tampa-native officially visited USF last weekend. Clemmons will make his final decision tomorrow. Another corner, Taj Dodson, could be another pleasant signing day surprise for Kentucky.
There’s one potential surprise that could put a damper on signing day. Defensive tackle Cavon Butler will sign tomorrow afternoon, and two recruiting analysts recently flipped Crystal Ball picks for the UK commit to Michigan State. I heard Butler’s official visit to Lexington went well, but it’s something to keep an eye on in the final hours of the recruiting season.
Before KSR’s early morning signing day coverage begins on Wednesday, you’ll see plenty of film study, interviews and more on the website throughout the day. The football recruiting world isn’t the only part of the BBN that’s buzzing.
Back to Bowl Practice
The action on the Kentucky football practice fields continues this afternoon. Eddie Gran, Matt House, Josh Allen and a few other players will brief the media one more time before they break for the holidays this weekend.
Now that final exams are over, the players have quite a bit of time on their hands. Yesterday they spent some of that time playing games at Malibu Jack’s. After getting lit up with AirSoft guns a year ago, Stoops opted for a much safer team bonding activity in 2019.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 18, 2018
The KSR Football Podcast Returns
We’re back, back in the podcasting groove. Drew, Austin, Chuck and I will be at KSBar this evening around 6:30 for the KSR Football Podcast’s Citrus Bowl Extravaganza. Is there a better way to prepare for a UK upset of Penn State? I think not.
If you’re too busy to stop by and listen, check your iTunes feed around 9:00. If you can’t wait that long for a new podcast, listen to Nevada head coach Eric Musselman on the latest edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast.
Boca Raton Bowling
If you don’t care about our podcast, you can still try to win some money at KSBar by watching the Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl. Whoever picks the closest score between UAB and Northern Illinois will be a finalist for The Hammer’s $5,000 prize. If you stay for the entire game, the person closest to the final score still present will get $100. Not too shabby.
UK Hoops in Action
Matthew Mitchell’s women’s basketball team will be back at Memorial Coliseum tonight at 7:00 pm to take on Western Carolina. The eighteenth-ranked Wildcats are 10-1. After tonight, you’ll only have one more opportunity to check the team out at Memorial, Friday night against Murray State, before the holiday break.
Tom Hart’s got Game
The ESPN play-by-play man doesn’t need to be at a UK game to insert a KSR reference into his call.
— Clay Suter (@claysuter) December 18, 2018
College Basketball on TV
- 6:00: Princeton at #2 Duke on ESPN2
- 6:30: App State at Georgetown on FS1
- 7:00: Xavier at Missouri on ESPNU
- 7:00: Oakland at Georgia on SEC Network
- 8:00: #14 Buffalo at Syracuse on ESPN2
- 9:00: Creighton at Oklahoma on ESPNU
Bob Wiley became a household name when the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line coach was featured on Hard Knocks. His belly became a viral sensation, jiggling for each, “Set, Hut!” Ahead of Christmas, the playoff-chasing Browns have put Wiley back in the spotlight and I absolutely love it.
Set Ho Ho Ho! ? pic.twitter.com/yiH4MI4UOX
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 17, 2018