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Five long shot recruits on BBN’s Christmas list

New Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops has only been on the job about a month but has already generated a buzz around the program that hasn’t been seen in, well… ever. The optimism of Kentucky fans, after such a horrendous 2011 season, is based on two main things. First, Stoops has put together one of the best, young coaching staffs that a rebuilding program could ask for. Both he and new offensive coordinator Neal Brown have a clear plan for the program that they have immediately started to implement. Secondly, Stoops and Brown have hit the ground running recruiting. A big part of being a good football coach is having the talent to carry out what you want done on the field and these guys understand that. Kentucky has already landed JUCO-signee tight end and son of WCW star Sting, Steven Borden. Borden helps bolster a tight end corps that will now be a priority position in Kentucky’s offense. Stoops and company have also been able to sign pass rusher Za’Darius Smith, a guy that fills the biggest need on the defensive side of the ball. Smith has been called “one of the biggest lands in Kentucky football history” because of the type of talent he possess as well as the schools he spurned for Kentucky (FSU, Miami, Miss. State, Mizzou, Texas, and Texas A&M). Stoops’ defense is predicated on getting pressure on the quarterback, and with no guy like that on the current roster opposite DE/LB Bud Dupree, defensive end was a huge need. Even though the coaching staff has already signed two premiere prospects in Smith and Borden, they are from finished building the incoming class. Here are five recruits, albeit longshots, Big Blue Nation has on its on Christmas list:


-James Quick, WR

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 180 lbs

40 time: 4.41 secs

Outlook: Quick to Kentucky is looking less and less likely by the day. The (Louisville) Trinity WR has said to be dialed in to Ohio State and Louisville, but he hasn’t completely dismissed the idea of playing in Lexington. Wide receivers I’ve talked to love the spread offense Brown runs and that could ultimately be Kentucky’s saving grace with Quick. Regardless of if he chooses Kentucky or not, Quick is a very dynamic player who is going to star in whatever offense he chooses. He’s a complete player.

-Jason Hatcher, DE

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 240 lbs

40 time: 4.82 secs

Outlook: Even with the signing of Smith, Hatcher should still be a primary concern of Kentucky. A Southern Cal verbal commit, Hatcher is a powerful, bull-rushing DE that would be great in the Wildcats’ defensive end rotation. Stoops and company can sell Hatcher on the past success of Stoops’ pass rushers and also the idea that he would be immediately offered playing time. That is a great sells pitch to any guy who wants to be great, but I’m sure it’ll be hard to take Hatcher’s mind off the sunny shores of California.

-Hunter Bivin, OT


Weight:288 lbs

40 time: 5.1 secs

Bench Max:310

Outlook: There’s a reason Bivin is the number one rated recruit in the state of Kentucky. He’s an absolute hog. Bivin is great in pass protection and absolutely punishes people in the run game. The problem for UK is that he’s already verbally committed to Notre Dame, a school that’ll put more offensive lineman in the NFL this upcoming year than Kentucky has in its history. The Owensboro native will see former players Larry Warford and Matt Smith get a chance to play on Sunday’s this year and maybe that helps change his mind. We can only hope.

-Ryan White, DB


Weight:178 lbs

5-10-5 shuttle: 4.38

Outlook: White is a playmaker, plain and simple. For (Louisville) Trinty, White doubled as a cornerback and punt returner and was electrifying in both positions. White looks like he could play some safety at the next level, but looking at his tape, he looks pretty comfortable at cornerback. White is a solid Vanderbilt commit but hopefully something rubs him the wrong way when he takes his official visit on January 13th.

-The Alexander Brothers, DBs



Weight:175 lbs


Height: 6’0″

Weight: 190 lbs

Outlook: I’m sure you’ll say, Rashawn, I thought you said five recruits that BBN should hope for. Well, yeah, I did but the Alexander Brothers kind of count as one. They are twins, and like every other set of twins in history, they will choose to play at the same school. These guys have been offered by almost every school in the South and had been said to be leaning towards Florida State earlier this year. The good news for Kentucky is that they we’re recruited to FSU by Stoops.


Article written by Rashawn Franklin

32 Comments for Five long shot recruits on BBN’s Christmas list

  1. Houston Wildcat
    1:03 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    The twins look like they’re 35.

  2. gob
    1:17 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    heard from a friend of mine with ties to UofL AD’s office that Quick gave a verbal committment to UofL this month. he’s kept it silent so he can announce at the US Army All-Star game. interestingly enough, we probably have a better shot at Mackensie and Mackenro than the rest of this list. Mackensie is the only consensus 5* on this list too.

  3. Isaac in Long Beach
    1:28 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Yay, KSR Shop! They not only shipped the wrong item, but there was a hole in it! Of course, it’s Christmas so I can’t contact customer service today. HA!

    Has anybody else ever gotten anything from the KSR Shop? Just curious to see if a) you got what you ordered, and b) if you had to deal with customer service, how was that?

  4. Rob Bergeron
    1:48 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Great post Rashawn and Merry Christmas.

  5. Yeary
    1:52 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    #3 I ordered a Davis jersey last year from them and received a MKG instead.

  6. Mail_Order_Bride
    1:53 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    So sorry about your issues with KSR Shop. i have personally ordered several “Mail Order Brides” from KSR Shop and their return policy is awesome. I can send back “slightly used” products for a full refund or a replacement. I like to trade out every six months or so and they have never refused a brother yet! Think I’m going with a ginger next time in honor of Coach Stoops! Go CATS and Merry Christmas!

  7. Billy
    1:57 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why would quick want to play at LOSERVILLE? Play in front of 20,000 Ghetto line beards in a dying conference? I dont think so, he knows UK is 2-3 years out from competing for a national title something that LOSERVILLE will never do. My sources say that he is playing LOSERVILLE like a fiddle!

  8. Isaac in Long Beach
    1:58 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hahaha, 6! Thanks for the laugh! Merry Christmas!!

  9. Blueballn
    2:10 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bivins max bench is 310!!!!! I am not being mean but that’s sad, for a 300 lb man!! He should be repping that weight!!!

  10. trench
    3:13 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t wanna hear bout football, more basketball plz

  11. mudcreekmark
    3:20 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why not give us some names we’ve not heard of? You are giving us players who are already committed to play for other teams. They are not coming. Give us some names of some players that we have a chance with.

  12. O-Boro cats fan
    3:28 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    I go to Apollo with Hunter Bivin. Honestly, I haven’t been that impressed over the last 4 years. Apollo has had an awful team, so maybe the rest of the guys mask his talent. As somebody who watches him every week, he just doesn’t jump out as best player in the state.

    That said, maybe it is just the team. From talking to him, he’s pretty solid on Notre Dame. He’s been up to visit quite a bit and he seems to really love it up there. I’ve always thought he’d be better of somewhere like UK, because I really don’t think he’ll play much at ND. But, I would say he’s a long-long shot at best.

  13. I say
    3:42 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Hunter is anything like his brother Harris then he is just a big bodied b****

  14. I Say
    3:56 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    14 lol even on Christmas Louisville fans are worried about UK sports

  15. Overated Bivin
    4:08 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Just like the name says. This kid is way overated.He is ranked where he is due to his family history, size, and admittedly his possible upside.But it Seems like everytime he went up against good competition he would fold up. I personally watched Logan Cart of Owensboro Catholic do what ever he wanted to do with him. Once hes constintly up against guys his size , his scholarship will be pulled faster than his brothers at UofL did.

  16. Gbb
    4:28 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    #14 is a clear example of why Louisville fans are jokes….. It’s Christmas and you’re on a UK site talking smack about FOOTBALL! Get a life… Sheesh…

  17. Big Whoop
    5:46 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Quick is the #1 recruit out of Kentucky, not Bivin. He’s going to UL. A 310 bench for a 300lb man is pretty weak. He should be able to bench somewhere around 450 or better.

    #11 – Shelton Gobson, a Scout 4 star WR from Cleveland is coming to visit. He has always been interested in UK, but Joker’s people would not offer.

    #14 – Your own coach says he would not want to play an SEC schedule which is why he stayed at UL and didn’t take the UT job.

  18. Track coach
    6:07 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bivin overrated? This always cracks me up. Granted I’m not a football coach, but I for one am going to trust the likes of Brian Kelly, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Les Miles, and pretty much every other D1 coach in the nation over a bunch of Average Joes. So say he’s overrated, but overrated or not he’s the one who was able to pick pretty much ANY school in the nation to play for.

    AND, 16 just to make sure all of the facts are correct Harris Bivin did NOT have his scholarship pulled. He was asked to gray shirt and there IS a difference. Might want to get the facts straight before you start spreading inaccurate rumors.

  19. JR
    6:18 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bivin is garbage. As ready stated 3* Logan Cart tore him up and had his every which way with him. Personally saw him 3 times this year each outing smaller and faster kids blew right by him. I have no idea what you are basing you info on him rashaad because if you saw him at personally then you’d know that this kid isn’t even worth an offer from Western.

  20. John Kelley
    6:19 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    There are really people out there like #7…

  21. John Kelley
    6:21 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Also I have to disagree with the author Bivin is no way the best player in the state. That goes to Hatcher or Quick

  22. PrestonKnowlesHairBrush
    6:44 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink


    Are you willing to make a wager on that? Mackensie Alexander will be at UK next year.

  23. Reality Check
    8:12 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    None of these guys are going to play for the anal cavity that is uk football.

  24. Billy
    9:13 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, I’m a typical [email protected]$$ UK fan!

  25. WHY.??.
    10:39 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    WHY WOULD ANY of these players go to the worse team in the SEC??? WHY even post such a stupid concept? NONE OF THESE PLAYERS will go to UK – THE JOKE OF THE SEC!

  26. FeedMeSeymour
    10:54 pm December 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’d love to get the Alexander twins. They’re at the top, followed by Jason Hatcher. Quick isn’t coming and Bivin will be lost on the depth chart at Notre Dame. I’d love to have Bivin, but he won’t switch his verbal. He’s the third best OT verbal for ND so far. There’s a fourth verbal right behind him in the rankings who’s also verballed to ND.

  27. Duke Sucks
    1:46 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    Too late in the game for Stoops to do much with these kids. Next year I think we will start to see some of the better players in state looking at UK. Most of these kids where already set before the Stoops hire! For UK to be where we want to be we MUST get kids like these because it’s going to be hard to get a 4 star guy from Flordia to come to UK. We might stand a chance to get one to stay in state though.

  28. Dee
    7:36 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    If Quick came to UK…..he would be a Superstar….and would be in the same breath as Couch and Cobb…..

  29. danthecat
    9:33 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    Forget Smith…Hatcher would be a steal and a great get for this staff…Would start from day one…Would also love to get White…Have seen these two play but not the others…GOCATS!!!!!!

  30. jdub
    9:57 am December 26, 2012 Permalink

    #3 Package came in short of 3 items! uh-oh last minute scramble to replace them.

    I don’t even know why they put Quick on here, he “officially” dropped UK after getting Mr Football.

    Bivin is a golden Domer through and through now. He’s gone.

    Hatcher and White are both extreme long shots. We’ll see if the staff can make up any ground with them.

  31. Grammar Cop
    1:07 pm December 26, 2012 Permalink

    25- It’s “worst team in the SEC” not “worse team in the SEC”– unless you are saying there is “not a worse team in the SEC.” Must be a line beard thing. #BBN

  32. CJ
    6:22 pm December 26, 2012 Permalink

    Billy UK football is not anywhere near a national title. Why would Quick want to go to Louisville over UK because UK 2-10 and UL 10-2 and in the Sugar bowl. Also UL is leaving the Big East so that is not a valid argument either.