Mitch Barnhart began what could be an all-out raid of Florida State’s football staff with the hire of Mark Stoops on Tuesday. Numerous reports have indicated that Stoops would like to bring Florida State’s current offensive coordinator, James Coley, to Lexington with him to serve in the same capacity. This would be great for the Wildcats for a number of reasons, but none more than Coley’s ability to recruit. Since Coley returned to his alma mater in 2008 as recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach, he has been one of the best recruiters in the nation. As we hold our breath in anticipation of Coley accepting the Kentucky job, lets look back at Coley’s recruiting resume’ from 2009 (his first class) to the present. (Rivals.com)
–K Dustin Hopkins was the number one kicker in the 2009 class and finishes up his career as one of the best kickers in the nation.
–DE Bjoern Werner is the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the year and leads the nation in sacks with 13.
–LG Josue Matias started in last year’s bowl game and has continued to be the starter at left guard since.
–TE Christo Kourtzidis is battling for playing time at TE because of an abundance of talent, but the young TE has seen action this season.
To put in perspective of what Coley has done on the recruiting trail, Kentucky has signed six four-star recruits since 2008, whereas Coley has signed eight by himself in that period. It’s outstanding what this guy has been able to do and he is one of the big reasons for the quick turnaround down in Tallahassee. Coming to Kentucky, Coley would be able to tell recruits that they would be playing against the best players in the country every week, something he couldn’t say at Florida State. He would also have the state of Ohio in his backyard, ripe for picking. With his Florida ties, NFL background, and unmatched recruiting ability, Coley might as important a hire for UK Football as Stoops.