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Arden Key’s Wednesday News and Views

Arden Key is a highly-touted defensive end in the 2015 recruiting class with an offer sheet full of powerhouse football programs, including Kentucky. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder from Lithonia, Georgia recently decided to wrap up his recruitment early, at least for now, when he pledged his commitment to Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Way to go, USC-Jr. Good for you.

But Key’s commitment, though big news on the football recruiting scene, is drawing national attention for reasons away from the gridiron. Sure, it is a huge steal for Spurrier to pull a recruit out of the state of Georgia, but it’s one of the reasons Key gave for choosing South Carolina that has everyone talking.

After announcing his decision Sunday afternoon, Key told Palmetto Sports that academics drew him to Columbia. And not in a good kind of way for the university.

“The academic part, it’s like you have to try to fail,” he said.

Ummmmm… Come again?

Did this dude just suggest it’s easier to pass classes at South Carolina? And if that’s a major factor in where he goes, why didn’t he commit to North Carolina?

I bet he’d like to have the quote back.

To your News and Views…

 Yahtzee! Yahtzee! Holy Yahtzee! What another great day to be a UK football fan! First, Mark Stoops and his staff locked up twin transfers from Pittsburgh, Demitrious and Chris Davis. In case you haven’t heard, the Davis brothers announced they’d be leaving the Pitt program last month to find a system that fits their playmaking abilities. They were promised the spread offense under former Pitt head coach Todd Graham, but when Graham left prior to their freshman seasons last year, new head coach Paul Chryst brought in a slower Big 10-like offense. The boys’ father, Chris Davis Sr., made it clear during their senior year of high school that they wouldn’t go anywhere in the Big 10 because the style of play doesn’t fit their faster and smaller frames, and they would only seek schools that spread it out. Insert Kentucky, the school they visited and committed to on Tuesday.

The Brothers Davis will have to sit out 2013 but they will participate in fall camp and work with the scout team throughout the season. They will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2014 and potential to earn full scholarships. They will be walk-ons this fall.

Coming out of Ohio’s Austintown Fitch High School in 2012, Demitrious and Chris were the 32nd and 33rd ranked athletes in the class, respectively. They had offers from over 20 schools at the time, including West Virginia, UCLA and Oregon.

Demitrious will play in the slot and occasionally in the backfield in Neal Brown’s Air Raid offense; Chris is expected to play cornerback.

 If you thought the UK staff was done for the day with the Davises, you thought wrong. #BBN had another game of Yahtzee! to play Tuesday night. Derrick Kelly, an unranked lineman out of Florida became the 18th verbal commitment in Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class. Kelly, like Bryan The Intern on a Saturday night out in Louisville, goes both ways, although he’s listed as an offensive tackle and expected to stay that way in Lexington. A cousin of former UK defensive back Eric Kelly, the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder picked the Cats over offers from South Florida, Central Florida, East Carolina, Marshall and others.

It’s important to note he is high school teammates with three-star cornerback JaJuan Perkins, who also has an offer from UK.

Number one.

number-one

Stoops.

 Keeping with the UK football theme, UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown spoke to a group of lunch-eaters at the Louisville Quarterback Club luncheon Tuesday afternoon. Our own Ally Tucker was not in attendance, but she has a recap of Brown’s words with a little help from the Herald-Leader’s John Clay. To summarize, Brown thinks you, the members of Big Blue Nation, are the most active fans on social media and he credits the online interaction and support for building momentum in recruiting. He also noted that the current commitments understand 2013 might be an ugly season and everyone is on board to come here and help turn it around in 2014.

 Bud Dupree and Avery Williams were honored recently by being named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards Defensive Awards Watch List. Dupree was named to the 2013 CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy Watch List, while Williamson earned a spot on the 2013 CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List.

 Nerlens Noel is receiving some criticism this week for his inner circle and the way they have handled the pre-draft process. How it affects his draft position remains to be seen, but he told KSR it shouldn’t be an issue and he’s surprised to hear the allegations. Noel told Matt he has just been focused on rehabbing down in Birmingham and some people (agents) could be taking it the wrong way when he declines their requests to talk. “One of the reasons I am so far ahead on my rehab is while other people have been wanting me to talk to agents, I have been down here working trying to get on the court,” he said.

Keep doing you, big fella. Make them eat they feet.

 Noel is still No. 1 in Chad Ford’s mock draft, although the Alex Len talks continue to pick up from the so-called experts. It’s looking like it’ll be one of those two who hear their name called when David Stern announces Cleveland’s first overall pick next week.

Archie is No. 38 on Ford’s Top 100.

 I’ll leave you with this tweet from Thaddeus Snodgrass. Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for Arden Key’s Wednesday News and Views



  1. jK
    11:35 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    Ratings based on quantity, not quality. Our average is the lowest of top 10. Will still take it though…



  2. VACATFAN
    11:47 pm June 18, 2013 Permalink

    I checked various web sites and no one has us anywhere near the top. What am I missing?



  3. YSR2KSR
    12:06 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    BACON!!!



  4. mashburnfan1
    12:20 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    just watched my last nba minutes for a while. tuned in as i saw it was under a minute left in game and close. watched lebron take 3 steps, elbow a defender out of the way and drop the ball out of bounds yet official points heat ball. they did replay it but come on, it was not even a close call with bodies in the way to see it was off lebron, stevie wonder would have called spurs ball. then manu drives with couple seconds left down 1 and ray allen just rakes his arm away from ball and no foul called. officiating at all levels is horrible but if these players are the best in the world then call the games by the book. i am tired of the walks and no calls on star players or late games, it has ruined the game for me. guess the refs needed another paycheck so they forced a game 7.



  5. dave
    12:22 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    4-manuwalked onn that final drive as well. some calls went the heat’s way, but a lot of calls went to the spurs as well



  6. jrsays
    12:31 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Incredible comeback by the Miami Heat managed by a former UK great player. They were down 10 points in the third quarter. They fought back. Pat Riley is currently the team President. He is regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all times… Miami wins! The next game determines who wins the NBA championship!! Be sure to tune in your TV!! Let’s pull for Pat Riley!



  7. CVFutrell
    12:48 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    #2- Are you looking at 2014 or 2013 rankings? For 2014 Rivals has us #1, 247 has us #7.



  8. Bobbum man
    1:05 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    6’5 200 lbs? And he’s gonna play DE in the SEC?



  9. Bobbum man
    1:31 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Any school ever had the #1 football and basketball recruiting class? And yes I know we’re not going to finish first so spare me the rants about the 5* players and how it’s all going to change, I’m aware of this…. Just curious



  10. Jared
    1:43 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    9.) ESPN and Rivals have him listed at 6’5 268 lbs. 247 lists him at 6’5 283 so don’t worry about him being too small for a DE in the SEC. Here’s a quick look at him at 1:39 if you want. http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/videos/_/id/176095/derrick-kelly-jr



  11. SummerSucks
    2:15 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Ain’t no cure for the summer time blues!!!
    Stupid baseball
    Too much football recruiting
    All we care about is how our New bball cats are
    doing!
    That is All we care about!!
    Until an ex Cat can wear a jock
    in the NBA, we could care less about
    how far former Cats continue to fall in the draft…
    Come on Cal!!
    You are the marketing genius!
    Tease us!!
    Please tease us!
    We want new bball Cat info!!!!!!!!!



  12. Hartline
    3:01 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    #7 yeah I was going to link that story. Not fair for KSR.to continue dragging that kids name through the mud. Shows you want changing a few words can do for a story



  13. grumpycat
    6:21 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    The full quote. “The academic part, they make it easy. In order to do bad at South Carolina, you’ve got to try to fail.”

    Not much better tbh.



  14. kadizkat
    7:18 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, the “he goes both ways” is why I love to read your posts!



  15. RealCatsFan
    8:40 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    #7, sorry, but I have to agree with #14. And the grammar in his back-pedaling tweets doesn’t do much to bolster his claims of academic excellence at USC. The whole article looks to me like they are grasping at straws to try to make it look better. After seeing what UK had to go through with the Eric Bledsoe fiasco, I am having a tough time mustering up much sympathy for USC or their recruits.



  16. El Pollo Loco
    8:46 am June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Driscoll is a weasel. I hope he doesn’t end up hurting Nerlens as much as I expect him to. He’s only looking out for #1 and whomever he owes debt to. Getting his buddy a no-show job as Nerlens 2nd agent should be a red flag. I hope it works out well, but have a feeling in a few years we’ll be reading articles about how much money he scammed. Whatever you do, Nerlens, DO NOT sign a power of attorney and go with a long standing financial advisor, not someone Driscoll picks out.



  17. CVFutrell
    12:42 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    #14 & #16- What the kid was saying is that South Carolina provides so much support for academics with tutors, etc. that you have to make an effort to do poorly. I think it’s a great example of a quote being taken out of context and a kid being drug through the mud because of poor reporting. Yahoo ran a similar article about the quote and then quickly removed it and published the one I linked to above. Could the kid have worded it better to get his point across? Absolutely. But that doesn’t take away from what he actually said and meant.



  18. Georgia Blue
    12:43 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    The young man didn’t go into detail on his quote, but at Kentucky the only way you flunk out is you just don’t do your work. For every class you take you can have a tutor. So , I am sure USC probably has the same thing in place for their ACADEMIC for their STUDENT-ATHLETES. Parents are overwhelm to know about this tutoring building just for athletes. Its a selling point in recruiting to walk in and see Players Academic Awards from the School and SEC. This kid is the TRUTH. He has been starting on Varsity since the 9th Grade. South Carolina will have to fight other schools off, because his recruiting will skyrocket his senior year. Plus don’t let that size full you , because his daddy is HUGE. So , he will add some pounds and when he get into college program this young man will blowup. He already has the frame. Dekalb County Georgia is a hot bed for the SEC. Home of STEPHENSON , TUCKER , MLK , SWD , CEDAR GROVE AND ETC.Just look up the DEKALB ATHLETICS WEB SITE and you will see



  19. J A Brooks
    1:43 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    I hate when ksr says s kid is unranked. I know technically its accurate since he’s not in the top 50 for his position but most people assume unranked means he doesn’t have a star rating.

    He’s a 3-star so it just sounds better if you say he’s a 3-star instead of he’s unranked.