The dog days of summer aren’t so bad for the Kentucky football team.
Yesterday running back Travis Tisdale became the fourth high school football prospect to commit to Kentucky in four days, joining wide receiver TaeTae Crumes, JUCO defensive lineman Taures Payne and cornerback Jay Ward. Tisdale is an ESPN Top 300 player who had offers from USC, Penn State and LSU, just to name a few.
Normally Kentucky’s biggest recruiting headlines are made in Ohio. That’s not the case this year. Matt House has brought Kentucky football back to The Peach State. Five of the Cats’ 12 commitment are from the state of Georgia. The last time Kentucky had a presence like this in Georgia, Rich Brooks paved the way to four straight bowl berths.
It’s been a wild week on the football recruiting front. Don’t be surprised to see the class grow as Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and Co. ride a wave of recruiting momentum. A look at UK’s current 2019 football recruiting class, ranked No. 41 overall and 11th in the SEC by the 247 Composite:
Kentucky Football 2019 Recruiting Class
|Moses Douglass||S||Springfield, Oh.||6-2||186||4-star|
|KD McDaniel||LB||Tift County, Ga.||6-2||222||3-star|
|Travis Tisdale||RB||Valdosta, Ga.||5-8||165||3-star|
|Demontae "TaeTae" Crumes||WR||Louisville, Ky.||6-1||165||3-star|
|Nik Scalzo||QB||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||5-11||185||3-star|
|Marquez Bembry||OLB||Atlanta, Ga. (JUCO)||6-3||225||3-star|
|Jay Ward||CB||Moultrie, Ga.||6-1||175||3-star|
|Tra Wilkins||LB||Stone Mountain, Ga.||6-2||210||3-star|
|Jalen Geiger||CB||Columbia, SC||6-1||190||3-star|
|Jake Pope||OT||Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.||6-7||275||3-star|
|Eli Cox||OG||Nicholasville, Ky.||6-4||295||3-star|
|Taures Payne||DE||Hoover, Al. (JUCO)||6-4||265||N/R (JUCO)|
Anthony Davis Misses Out in NBA Awards
The Unibrow was a finalist for a pair of awards, but Davis did not bring any hardware home. Rudy Gobert was named Defensive Player of the Year and James Harden took home MVP honors. Even though Davis didn’t leave a winner, he still got plenty of love from his coach.
“I’m so proud of Anthony Davis,” John Calipari Tweeted. “Only 25 years old and a finalist for the league’s best player. Incredible. I can remember when Derrick Rose won it at such a young age. You know what I love? Anthony was in town last week and HAS NOT CHANGED ONE BIT.”
What I love is all of the hi-jinx from the show. Bill Russell conveniently forgot the program was on live television when he flipped off Charles Barkley. “I can’t help myself. Whenever I see Charles it just is pure instinct,” he said.
Before the awards were handed out, the stupid Rookie of the Year #EmbraceDebate re-entered Louisville Twitter, thanks to the Cards’ athletic director. Vince Tyra tried to hold onto UofL’s 15 seconds of NBA fame in the Donovan Mitchell/Ben Simmons Rookie of the Year debate by showing a little thigh.
Dwane Casey Did NOT get Snubbed
The Kentucky National Champion may have gotten a raw deal from his former employers, but real still recognizes real. Casey was named NBA Coach of the Year for his record-setting season with the Toronto Raptors. The Detroit Pistons got themselves a good one.
A Wild World Cup
The World Cup has entered the final portion of the group stage and lost its collective mind. Group B concluded with a pair of goals decided by video review in stoppage time to help Portugal and Spain advance to the round of 16. It was pure insanity, and there’s more on the way today.
- 10:00 am — Denmark vs. France on Fox
- 10:00 am — Australia vs. Peru on FS1
- 2:00 pm — Nigeria vs. Argentina on Fox
- 2:00 pm — Iceland vs. Croatia on FS1
KSR is Invaded by Pardon My Take
It’s a Pardon my Takeover of Kentucky Sports Radio with Barstool’s Big Cat and PFT Commenter. After putting Coach Cal on the hot seat and proclaiming Brooklyn bourbon as America’s No. 1 spirit, what will they do this year?