Since Kentucky’s win over Louisville, Mark Stoops has picked up eight commitments. Eight. It’s the most he’s ever picked up in any single month during his Kentucky tenure.
Now with 22 commitments in the 2017 class, Stoops has five weeks and one day to keep those commitments firm and to add approximately four more prospects. In unfamiliar territory, Stoops, Marrow and Gran are swinging for the fences. The following six are elite athletes — three from Florida, three from Ohio — that are most likely to join Stoops’ troops.
Besides the nitty gritty details, I’ve ranked each on the likelihood they’ll commit to Kentucky on a scale of 1/10. None of this is based on “sources.” It’s a gut feeling from what I’m seeing in the football recruiting world. Consume it, enjoy it, call me an idiot when I’m wrong.
Hometown: Youngstown, Oh. (Warren G. Harding)
Measurements: 6-1, 185
247 Composite Ranking: No. 160, 4-star .9304
247 Crystal Ball: 79% UK, 16% Mich. State, 5% Penn State
Confidence in a Commitment to the Cats: 9.65/10
If Bowden does not commit to Kentucky I will be shocked and disappointed. Stoops and Marrow are Youngstown through and through and nobody is more Youngstown than Bowden. The dude can do just about anything on a football field and he’s the type of dude you don’t mess with under any circumstances. Bowden enjoyed his time on campus and I expect him to enjoy at least three years playing for Mark Stoops.
Danny Davis III
Hometown:Springfield, Oh. (Springfield)
Position: Wide receiver
Measurements: 6-1, 178 lbs.
247 Composite Ranking: No. 239 overall, 4-star .9083
247 Crystal Ball: 75% UK, 17% Mich. State, 8% Ohio State
Confidence in a Commitment to the Cats: 6.9/10
Davis has been recruited by Vince Marrow for a long, long time. He’s consistently been “THE” highest rated guy Stoops could pull in, yet he keeps waiting to pull the trigger. I don’t know what he’s waiting for, which makes me a little hesitant. I also think UK will only get one more receiver in the class, and as you’ll see, there are multiple options. Davis is the most talented and the most likely as of right now.
Hometown: Massillon, Oh. (Washington)
Position: Offensive tackle
Measurements: 6-5, 320 lbs.
247 Composite Ranking: No. 282, 4-star .8974
247 Crystal Ball: UK 42%, 33% Ohio State, 25% Pitt
Confidence in a Commitment to the Cats: 3.5/10
The Cats are in a good position according to many, but I don’t know exactly what that position is because Munford’s kept his recruitment quiet. I never count out Vince Marrow (because I’ve been warned by my colleagues), but Kentucky has a few offensive line commitments and a ton of young guys on the roster. If they take another offensive lineman, it will be Munford, but unlike offensive linemen in previous years, Munford will not be afforded the lack of depth luxury that’s allowed Landon Young and Logan Stenberg to play early in their career.
Hometown: Opa Locka, Fl. (Miami Carol City)
Position: Wide receiver
Measurements: 6-1, 195 lbs.
247 Composite Ranking: No. 430, 3-star .8746
247 Crystal Ball: 71% UK, 29% Miami
Confidence in a Commitment to the Cats: 6.1/10
Dingle was committed to The U until about two weeks ago. That all changed when Lamar Thomas came to town. Dingle immediately listed UK as his favorite and set an official visit date just prior to National Signing Day. Even when Isaiah Epps committed shortly after, Dingle’s statements did not waiver. I’m hesitant to crown him as the “receiver most likely to commit” because of the late timing of his visit, but if there’s still a spot available when he is on campus January 27, I expect him to commit before he departs for Florida.
Hometown: Coach, Fl. (Cocoa)
Measurements: 5-9, 203
247 Composite Ranking: No. 438, 3-star .8727
247 Crystal Ball: 40% USF, 34% Oregon, 14% Florida, 3% Ohio State
Confidence in a Commitment to the Cats: 2.2/10
One of the first recruits visited by Lamar Thomas and Darin Hinshaw in the recruiting season, the South Florida commit immediate set an official visit for January 11. To make things even more favorable for Kentucky, USF’s head coach, Willie Taggart, left to coach Oregon soon after. Things were falling into place….until Taggart offered him a scholarship to play for Oregon. It looks like Judson will follow Taggart to Oregon, but he still plans on visiting UK.
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. (Dillard)
Position: Defensive end
Measurements: 6-5, 275 lbs.
247 Composite Ranking: No. 380, 3-star .8822
247 Crystal Ball: 100% Miami
Confidence in a Commitment to the Cats: 4.6/10
A guy I didn’t even know was on Kentucky’s radar until recently, Jon Ford might be the mystery man from Florida. The Miami commit is on the same high school defensive line as Jordan Wright. Ford visited last month. Since then, Freddie keeps talking about a recruit that could commit from Florida, but he refuses to divulge his secrets, even “off the record.” My best guess is that it is Ford, and not just because Freddie can’t stop talking about Jack Kain Ford.