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Today on KSR: 24 Hours till Signing Day


Nik Ognenovic’s family is ready for the tight end to become a Wildcat (@N11KOLAS).

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.

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.

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

Santa Bob

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

13 responses to “Today on KSR: 24 Hours till Signing Day”

  1. zoupman

    Not a fan of early signing day, but hope it goes well. Not going to worry much about it, for who really knows. Remember Josh Allen was lowest ranked player in his class and he turned out to be so Votto.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Early signing period is essential for programs like UK trying to climb the ladder, imho. Get those early signees nailed down and then concentrate the recruiting effort on the positions of need.

  2. bankshot

    Butler never had any intention to sign with us. We were always a backup plan to Ohio state and Michigan state. I think the staff knows this and why we took Elijah James commitment the other day. For whatever reason Stoops cannot sign higher level down lineman.

    1. StuckinLville

      McCall and Kinnard from last years class call bs. If dude doesnt wanna be a Cat, go somewhere else.

    2. Young Gun

      Let’s revisit this comment tomorrow once Butler signs the dotted line to play ball somewhere.

      Marquan McCall was a top 200 player and the number one guy in Michigan. Isaiah Gibson is going to sign tomorrow is ranked higher than Butler. Stoops is getting good interior linemen.

    3. bankshot

      I should have been more clear…defensive down lineman. Both Kinnard and McCall rated high as offensive lineman. Gibson is a three star.

    4. mashburnfan1

      He got 5 star Fatt Elam {are you happy we got him}, people need to quit looking at the stars and look at the person/player. Bohama will be a stud, McQuall as well. The football staff is actually developing these players that other programs don’t see. Is partly why we have some that flip, once we offer and others see them and go after them. We are playing in January so I am guessing the staff is doing alright in getting and developing talent. We now battle Ohio St, Bama, UGA, FSU like teams for recruits while the last 40 years we battled Ohio U, Marshall, Western Mich, Rutgers like teams.

    5. notFromhere

      Don’t need to be more clear. You need to be close to accurate. Stars don’t matter.

      The staff is doing a great job in both recruiting and developing. We’ll get more DL interested when the offense picks up and gets us spotlight wins on national tv

  3. Cousins Fake Tooth

    Just let them sign ANYTIME instead of this wait till x day before they can crap.

    1. notFromhere

      If kids/teenagers dont have a deadline, nothing ever gets done

  4. notFromhere

    Football’s early signing day is better than any other event in the same month! Stoked!!!

    1. notFromhere

      Same goes for February

  5. notFromhere

    Little under 11 hours