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ESPN.com’s SEC recruiting capsules


UK 2014 commit Dorian Hendrix

The good people over at ESPN.com put together SEC spring recruiting capsules for fans of college football’s best conference. The worldwide leader believes Kentucky’s overall trend is even, citing a lack of a ESPN Top 25 class since the rankings began in 2006. The article does, however, credit the Wildcats for picking up steam under Mark Stoops.

Here is what Kentucky’s recruiting capsule looks like:

Kentucky Wildcats

Who they have: Kentucky’s strong close to the 2013 class has led to a fast start to the 2014 class. The Wildcats have five commitments: four-star receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass from Springfield (Ohio) High, running back Mikel Horton from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, linebacker Dorian Hendrix from Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne, tight end Darryl Long from Westerville (Ohio) South and defensive tackle Tymere Dubose from Youngstown (Ohio) Christian. Note that all are from Ohio. First-year head coach Mark Stoops has a strong presence there.

Who they want: Quarterback Drew Barker from Hebron (Ky.) Conner is the gem Kentucky most covets. He has said he’s close to a decision. Defensive tackle Matt Elam from Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin is a prime target. The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder would provide the Cats a massive presence in the middle of their defense.

Spring storyline: The momentum continues. Recruiting at Kentucky is no easy feat. Stoops already has landed five commitments based on a philosophy of rebirth. A new attitude and plans for new facilities have prospects taking a new look at Kentucky.
Bold prediction: Kentucky will pick up its quarterback of the future when Barker commits to the Cats.– Dave Hooker

Scouts’ overall trend: Even. The Wildcats seem to be picking up steam under new coach Mark Stoops and they closed fast for the 2013 class. Still, they have their work cut out for them. Kentucky dropped off quickly after Rich Brooks resigned in January 2010. The Wildcats have not had a top-25 class since we started ranking classes in 2006. — Tom Luginbill

In another article on the website, ESPN projects Kentucky to finish last in the SEC East next season with a 20-percent chance of losing the final nine games of the season. That sounds brutal, and may not be too far off.

Go Cats, though.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

6 Comments for ESPN.com’s SEC recruiting capsules



  1. Bubba
    5:39 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    What is this? Someone from KSR is actually acknowledging that the Cats are likely to have a horrible record next year? Wow.

    What Stoops should be concerned with is keeping his 2014 recruits after they go 3-9 or 4-8 next season. Getting the recruits to commit now is the easy part. Getting them to sign in February is the hard part.



  2. boylerebelcat
    6:02 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I dont think recruits believe we will win a nat’l championship in his first year or anything. Hes pitching playing time, SEC and an opportunity to turn things around. I dont believe kids are committing based off wins…right now anyways. My prediction 5-7



  3. Unboltedharp
    7:17 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t expect a winning season next year and it’s doubtful the recruits do either. I do think we’ll see more excitement on the field. Especially from the coaches, which has been missing for three years! Two or three years down the road is when things will start to turn around. Coach Stoops will teach effort and winning. When that all comes together what a fun season that is going to be! GO CATS!



  4. Mr Obvious
    8:38 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    Geez. I doubt we lose to AL St. 9 in a row? We won’t be that bad.



  5. Say what?
    10:05 pm May 6, 2013 Permalink

    So they are saying we will win our first three? ESPN thinks we will beat U of Smell then! I guarantee if we start out 3-0, we won’t lose our last nine!



  6. CBS Sports
    7:18 am May 7, 2013 Permalink

    Well lets just not play any football games and let ESPN tell us we are horrible. Screw ESPN.