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Class of 2014 receiver problem?

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While recruiting momentum is at an all-time high for the Kentucky Football program, one position has had a slower than expected start for some Wildcat fans.  With the high-powered, pass-heavy offense that Neal Brown is expected to install in Lexington and in addition to having one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects in Drew Barker already on board, one might reasonably expect the country’s number three ranked class to be loaded with talented wide receiver prospects.  In fact, only two of Kentucky’s nineteen current commitments are from wide receivers (T.V. Williams & Thaddeus Snodgrass). This fact has left a portion of the Wildcat faithful questioning why this is the case.  While this is a fair question to ask, is there any real cause for concern? The short answer is no.  Not yet anyways.

The 2014 recruiting class is off to a monstrously fast start.  Kentucky fans have been pulling out their Yahtzee boards on what seems like a weekly basis since the beginning of summer.  For whatever reason, Kentucky’s receiver targets have not been falling at the same rate as other positions.  One reason for this may be the volume of recruits that the staff is currently targeting at this position. This seems to be in contrast to a majority of the other positions in which Stoops and Company selected a small handful at each position and then focused their attention on those individuals (Barker at QB, Horton/Williams at RB, Long at TE etc.).  The wide receiver spot is obviously a great need in this class and the staff has cast a wide-net over a group of players.  This likely means that unlike the other positions that have been filled quickly, not every “offer” out to wide receivers is necessarily a committable one.  I think that we probably saw this situation play out with Tyre Brady, the Florida wide receiver who reportedly committed to the Cats earlier last month.  In my view, many of the wide receiver offers out are probably similar to Tyre Brady’s and this could explain the lack of commitments at the position.

The staff is obviously aware of the vital importance of the wide receiver position in the Air Raid (not to mention our current lack of talent and depth at the position) and because of this, they are wisely biding their time before accepting commitments–at least from most players. If internet chatter is correct, UK will take three-four more wide receivers. I think that before the entire situation can play out, Kentucky covets two players in particular. After Thaddeus Snodgrass (current UK commit) and Derek Kief (who committed to Alabama), all signs indicate that the following two players are at the top of the wide receiver board and their decisions will dictate how the wide receiver spot fills out in 2014.

Blake Bone-6’5” 183 lbs/4 stars

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With a 4.7 forty yard dash time, Bone isn’t going to burn anyone with his speed. He has built his four star reputation with an effective use of his 6’5” frame.  ESPN touts his ability to catch the ball in traffic as well as his sure hands.  As has thankfully been the case lately, Kentucky will have to fend off some of the nation’s premiere programs to secure Blake Bone’s services.  Along with Kentucky, Bone’s home state schools, South Carolina and Clemson are the presumed front runners in this sweepstakes.  Bone has visited Lexington.

If Kentucky misses on Blake Bone (and even if they don’t) familiarize yourself with these names:

Moral Stephens

Tyre Brady

Josh Malone ( huge 4 star recruit–visited Kentucky yesterday–his level of interest remains to be seen)

Nick Kurtz

Dorian Baker

Braxton Berrios- 5’9” 180 lbs/4 stars

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Berrios, as a result of his connection with fan-favorite Drew Barker, has become somewhat of a fan-favorite himself.  It is not only his friendship with Drew Barker that has propelled him into this role, however.  Those that watched The Opening football camp were treated to an impressive display of athleticism from Berrios as he competed in the Nike Sparq competition finals.  While his speed wasn’t blazing (though 4.48 is nothing to scoff at), his insane quickness was showcased during his impressive shuttle time which topped the list of performances in that event.  Berrios fits the mold of prototypical slot receiver and for that reason, he is at the top of the staff’s wish list. Berrios has also visited Lexington.

In lieu of or in addition to Braxton Berrios, Kentucky may turn to these players:

Stanton Truitt

Isaiah McKenzie

While recruiting at the wide receiver position hasn’t progressed as quickly as some would hope, there is clearly no shortage of available options.  The list of mentioned players is by no means exhaustive–and with the way this staff recruits, there will undoubtedly be a few more names crawl out of the wood work.

Article written by Matt Wheatley

10 Comments for Class of 2014 receiver problem?



  1. Fiji
    9:40 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    “This likely means that unlike the other positions that have been filled quickly, not every “offer” out to wide receivers is necessarily a committable one”
    ————-
    What does that mean?



  2. cracka
    9:51 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    what about josh malone who just visited?



  3. George Zimmerman
    10:09 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    I should have never been put on trial. Justice was served.



  4. In the dark
    11:01 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Who is this Josh Malone. Haven’t seen any mention on here for a huge 4 star. Definitely look forward to seeing some coverage on this kid and the other top WR recruits. It is a position we have a desperate need to fill with lots of huge play makers for the Air Raid to take off.



  5. Drew
    11:15 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Josh Malone is going to UT or Vandy



  6. williamtitan
    11:22 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    josh ran track with me my senior year. i talked to him a few weeks ago and he is basically down to lsu and bama. i tried to persuade him to think about ky but his mind is set, although he likes vandy to. i cant see him going to tennessee though. he is a great kid and a good talent.



  7. Awaiting Moderation
    11:33 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    1- what it means is UK has guys like Tyre Brady that they easily could get but not accepting because we are hoping to catch a bigger fish. Guys Bone, Berrios, and many others are at the top of the list and we are willing to wait. In the meantime other wr’s have offers that are only acceptable offers in the event we miss on one of our primary targets.



  8. cracka
    12:17 am July 14, 2013 Permalink


  9. gokycats33
    12:58 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    My sister-in-law works at the school Josh Malone goes to! She said multiple coaches have came to see him! I know that Bobo(UGA) has been there to see him, because she sent my wife a pic of his business card! I hope that his visit means he’s seriously thinking about coming to UK!



  10. Terry Blue
    11:13 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Berrios is set to visit UK this upcoming weekend along with several other top notch prospects along with most if not all the 2014 committs. It’s reported above that Berrios has been to Lexington. I don’t think that is the case as I have not seen that reported anywhere else