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Joker Gets Another

The ball is really rolling now. Steve Jones of Cats Illustrated is reporting that Myrtle Beach offensive lineman TJ Jones has committed to Kentucky. The 6’4″ lineman chose the Cats over East Carolina. Perhaps more important to note on the commitment, however, is that Jones is a teammate of Tyler Knox, a defensive end considering Kentucky, as well as Ole Miss, Mississippit State, Purdue and Southern Cal. Considering Kentucky seemed pretty content with where their class was already set at the offensive line position, taking the commitment from Jones seems to indicate they’re feeling pretty good about making a potential package deal with Knox, who also holds offers from Miami (Fl.), Oklahoma State and South Carolina.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

53 Comments for Joker Gets Another



  1. hoss_cat
    12:38 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    lmao we beat eatern carolina. what an accomplishment lol



  2. hoss_cat
    12:41 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    we beat east carolina? what an accomplishment lol



  3. btowncatfan
    12:42 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Taking skinny white kids, with potential poop tooths, as offensive line prospects isn’t too impressive.



  4. BravoBigBlue
    12:42 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, that’s great. Do you think we can finish 11th in the SEC again for the next 4 years? That would be awesome!



  5. SagaciousMind
    12:44 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    1, for Collins Ukwu we beat out MTSU. Not impressive I know, but Ukwu is one of our better d linemen. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that UK can take a 2 star player and get the best out of them and help them to compete for a spot in the NFL. See Randall Cobb!



  6. JackNicklaus
    12:50 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I would have preferred a picture of our new big OL trucking some poor DL fool…



  7. Gogh Big Bleu
    12:51 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    But he’s a basketball player. Joker coaches football. He can’t play basketball on grass.



  8. tom
    12:56 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    No offense to the young man but we are not going to ‘Rise’ by getting kids we outrecruit East Carolina for. For crying out loud.

    I do wish the youngster well and certainly hope he is a diamond in the rough but statistics tell us that won’t likely be the case.



  9. Jonah Hex
    12:58 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to the family. Some people in here should pipe down a bit. If you are mad be mad at the coach, not the young men that have just decided to go to UK.



  10. Ukcats
    1:03 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    on bigten network they r showing a legends game of old illinois players from 2008. y is it able to be on tv?



  11. philthyphil
    1:04 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    It’s quite evident that most KSR readers don’t have a clue about FB recruiting.



  12. Trevathan
    1:06 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    1,2,4,8.) Go back to asphyxiating yourself over the UK Legends Basketball Roster. There’s enough people excited about these signings to hold down the comments section in your absence.



  13. !!
    1:06 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Yes we do, our football recruiting is sub par.



  14. D-Mack
    1:07 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Hey 1 thru 8, go back to card chronicle.



  15. philthyphil
    1:11 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    It’s obvious some of you KSR readers don’t know squat about FB recruiting. Who would you rather have: a 2-star WR Randall Cobb or 4-star Aaron Boyd? I thought so.



  16. SexnNursinHomes
    1:12 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Glad he is a Cat. Can we sign the white guy too because in the photo, he looks like a great protector.



  17. PittDaddy
    1:13 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    If you guys don’t believe recruiting is tough, go pick up NCAA 12 and try to recruit with the big boys on there. (sarcasm)



  18. Not a kool aid drinker
    1:15 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I support the big blue, but I’m allowed my opinion. Only UK football fans would be excited about landing a football commit who chooses between UK and East Carolina. Add the basketball picture of this football player and you have another reason why UK is SEC cannon fodder. UK gets the leftovers from Ga, FL, SC and TN. After the big dogs take the players they want we fight for scraps. That is the truth about UK football recruitng, if u think I’m wrong then you have drank too much blue Kool Aid! Football season is around the corner and all anyone cares about is some meaningless basketball game with Dominicans.



  19. Drink your Zija says
    1:15 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Kentucky football will never turn the corner with Joker. Sorry folks.



  20. Football Man
    1:20 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to BBN TJ! Congrats & best of luck! Go Cats!



  21. Hoss
    1:22 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    18- “Football season is around the corner and all anyone cares about is some meaningless basketball game with Dominicans.”

    Exactly.

    They complain about football coverage cluttering a basketball blog, yet have no problem trashing the coaches for not signing top recruits.

    We are UK fan.



  22. UKfanNKY
    1:25 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    ALL you SO-CALLED FOOTBALL FANS and ALL YOU FRICKIN BASKETBALL FANS and believe me I BLEED BLUE IN ALL SPORTS but……..ALL these frickin NEGATIVE COMMENTS you need to keep to yourself!!! It frickin gets old and what recruit whoever they may be would want to even sign with KY after reading all your BS!!!!!!! GO CATS!!! so just STF up!!!



  23. frogWilson
    1:37 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Im from MB and I’ve seen him play a good bit. He’s a good player and an even better kid and will be an asset to UK’s program. He held his own very well against Clowney in the SC state championship game last year. Stop hatin on the kid. Go Cats



  24. THE NAME IS DR. JONES
    1:37 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    TJ JONES and TERRANCE JONES…all these SEC teams is going to have trouble keepin’ up with these big blue joneses…holler big blue nation got that work…



  25. ATB (Always True Blue)
    1:38 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s face facts, yes that’s what we are going to get is the leftovers from the power schools. So the key is to get the best of the left-overs. I hope TJ is that, certainly he shows athleticism and yes the white kid in the photo had to have another knee surgery. Ouch!!! I hope the kid is great and I hope the other kids that come along with him, which was the point of the blog are all they are cracked up to be. Until we win at a high level consistently we won’t get the 4 and 5 star recruits regularly.



  26. Poco Chang
    1:39 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    1,2,4,8,18 – Some of you nimrods are truly amazingly ignorant of football and recruiting. What might be even more amazing is your enthusiasm in proving your ignorance with your knee-jerk posts. Glad I don’t know any of you miserable sots.



  27. Loki Van Coonter
    1:46 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I love football as much as the next guy but running down the premiere program that firmly identifies the University on a national level (basketball) to somehow prop up football is beyond dumb. The reasons why UK football will never be more than a middling, middle of the pack SEC program (in it’s best years) are three fold:

    1. Lack of instate talent and access to African American athletes. And the one bastion of that kind of talent in the Commonwealth where that exists is in Louisville..which we cannot dominate for various reasons and comparatively speaking the sample size is small. We can’t even keep what little high D-1 talent the state produces within it’s borders on a consistent basis let alone dominate the Jefferson Co metro area!

    2. A general lack of elite level donors who are interested in backing the UK Football brand and no real corporate base to draw from. People can blame the UKAA or the AD all they want but people want to be associated with a winner. Basketball is and football isn’t. Which it’s why people fall all over themselves to build things for the basketball program and it’s a pain in the butt to get the same level of funding for football. And when alternative means are put forth (raising donations, ticket prices, bonding, etc) all people do is bitch and moan.

    3. The SEC. It’s just blatantly unfair and UK will always be playing catchup no matter how much they spend or who they hire due to having a conference filled with at least 6 programs (three of them within UK’s own division) who will always outmatch and outgun you in terms of resources, tradition, talent level, facilities etc.

    UK has great fan support for what it is: a mediocre program with occasional flashes of promise but always finds itself falling back to the statistical norm. So quit blaming the success of the basketball program for the failures of football. You want winning, championship caliber football? Solve two of those three problems and we might get there in 10-20 years.



  28. Jonah Hex
    1:57 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I love UK football and have voiced my concerns many times on this site about the direction of the program. However, I am not going to bash a kid on the day he decides to come to UK.



  29. ksr fan
    2:00 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t wait to hear what Carolina Steve has to say about this commitment



  30. Not a kool aid drinker
    2:17 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    26 Poco Chang, please enlighten us with your extensive knowledge of football recruitng. This young man I’m sure is a great player, UK has obviuosly taken this kid with the hope of landng his teammate knowning that without his teammate he can still contribute to the program. However, if this kid was SEC bigtime, he would not have left the state of SC unless it was for Bama, LSU etc..



  31. Riptide
    2:27 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    #22 frickin blah blah blah frickin frickin frickin blah frickin. Waht a masterful use of the caps button…awesome



  32. UK's Victorious Secret
    2:46 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Yea yea yea, another 2-3 star recruit… nothin big.



  33. WestPointCard
    2:49 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    We is not relevant cuz we is a ghetto commuter school. UK has beat our candya$$es 4 years in a row going on 5. But hey at least we is good at chowing on pot and beating our girlfriends. L yes



  34. ikeeveready
    2:50 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Just returned from vacation on the Gulf Coast. Had a great conversation with a Vol fan (graduate/good donor) who stopped with his wife to comment on our beach umbrella. I identified myself as a Cats fan when he asked where we were from and I told him the umbrella wasn’t available in orange. He was travelling with a couple who were big UGA fans. We both enjoyed the fact that we could give the UGA fans some good natured ribbing about the school (no engineering program thanks to GaTech), the recent losses, etc. He was very complimentary of UK, both as a school and athletic program, and particularly mentioned the strides made in football.

    Their were Bama and Auburn stickers, magnets, hats, t’s, everywhere!!! My wife said “this is far worse than home”. Lot’s of LSU gear too. When a neighbor Auburn fan travelling with his LSU counterpart said good morning and asked where I was from I told I felt I hadn’t been representing well enough and I should have been wearing more UK gear all week, he fired bak “nah that’s ok, we don’t follow basketball down here. It’s a secondary sport”



  35. tom
    2:57 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    22.

    Nice guy. Very measured, thoughtful and respectful comment.

    I applaud your enthusiasm, but everyone has an opinion and a right to express it without a response such as yours. Telling people to ‘SFU” or however you put it is exactly the ideology that backed half the world into communism. They too believed in only one opinion and everbody else needed to keep quiet.

    Well, not in my world pal.
    Let’s set up a talk date about November 30th and see how things have panned out. I sincerely hope your optimism wins out but I’m afraid there is a greater chance of typical reality setting in by that point.

    In the meantime, state your opinion and let others do the same.



  36. big tim
    2:58 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    it football not basketball, basketball the stars matter football not so much. cobb i believe was a 2 or 3 star and look what he has done. you can be a 4-5 star recruit and not be any good once you get to college it just depends who steps up and i cant stand fans that just want to jump on the bandwagon when there teams winning and cant support there team when there having a decent season. even though you have not even seen them play yet and already think there not going to be any good



  37. UKfanNKY
    2:58 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    #31…………Got another for you……. FRICKIN POUND SALT!!! GO CATS!!!



  38. tom
    3:00 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    26
    Mr. Chang
    I played middle linebacker in the Big 8 Conference in the late 70’s. To say I know nothing about football or recruiting is plain none sense and making generalities about that is really knee-jerk on your part.

    I will gladly sit down and compare notes about football knowledge…or lack thereof.



  39. ikeeveready
    3:03 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    The point is perception, especially with SEC football, is a completely different animal even within the divisions. The Cat’s are making strides but until we win more big games that perception will remain.

    By the way, my retort to the AU fan – “Hey, don’t forget we’re 1-1 the last two years there mr national championship” to which his LSU buddy punched him in the arm and said, “Boom!”.



  40. hoss_cat
    3:27 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    #12 will do. we suck at football so get over it.



  41. UKrulz
    3:40 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Oh you mean the same East Carolina that smoked Virginia Tech? Cool!



  42. hoss_cat
    3:42 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    I live in a rent by the hour hotel with my mommy where my brain was scrambled in the toilet during birth.



  43. the bizz
    3:45 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Love these tard fans pretending to be UK fans. Just get over it- we own you ghetto trash and we always will. Now deliver my pizza.



  44. Loki Van Coonter
    3:58 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    If rankings don’t matter why are Alabama, Florida, etc consistently so good? Recruiting isn’t an exact science. Yes, you’re going to end up with kids who outperform their evaluations and kids who don’t measure up but the stats don’t lie that your chances of winning games at the elite level (against teams with similar recruits and below) are exponentially better with elite level talent.

    It’s this that makes moving up in the SEC even more difficult. If we recruited at the current level and played in the Mac or the MWC or C-USA we’d be a dominant program in those leagues. But until we start amassing 4 star talent across the board expecting results in the SEC above what we’ve gotten is foolish.



  45. SagaciousMind
    4:08 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Those complaining are dumb and must not follow recruiting at all.

    Tim Masthay, Jeremy Jarmon, Braxton Kelly, Trevard Lindley, Myron Pryor, Garry Williams, Wesley Woodyard, Ventrell Jenkins, Johnny Williams, Jacob Tamme, Kennan Burton, Ricky Lumpkin, Randall Cobb. All these guys were 2 stars on Scout and are either on NFL teams or on scout teams. Also, all these guys had big careers at UK. SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY KNOW FOOTBALL WHEN THEY DONT!!!



  46. SagaciousMind
    4:11 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    And let us not forget, Derrick Locke and John Connor were both walk ons. It doesnt matter who you beat out or their rankings, it matters what they put into practice and getting better. It’s obvious UK has a history of this. Danny Trevathan is a 2 star as well.



  47. SagaciousMind
    4:14 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    23, he held his own against Clowney that tells us something, considerin that guy is a year older and was #1 in the entire class!



  48. Go Blue
    4:21 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome to the family! Go Cats!



  49. UKfanNKY
    4:34 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    #35…..Thank you and very good point. All the negativity just gets under my skin and I think it is a shame to bash these young men. We can surley set up a talk date and time and discuss how the season went and yes, I hope I win. ha GO CATS!!!



  50. Not a kool aid drinker
    6:32 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    45 all the great former Cats you mentioned were great and improved our program immensely. They also never fnished better than 3rd in the SEC East and played in 28,000 Music City Bowls. Meanwhile rival SEC schools were winning National Championships. uK football has been at it’s best lately and still struggles just to compete in the SEC. Oh yeah those former greats never beat Tennessee, and UT has been awful lately.



  51. BravoBigBlue
    7:03 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    TJ, if you’re lucky, you might get to face East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl sometime in the next 4 years. How awesome is that?!



  52. SagaciousMind
    7:27 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    50, that’s because we’ve never had great depth and never had a good offense and good defense at the same time. Those guys took us for a 2 or 3 win season to 7 and 8. Not to mention before Rich Brooks, we were lucky to have 1 person who could run faster than a 4.5. UK has been recruiting speed, and speed bodes well over stars. Some of you must not be aware that we are sittin squarely in the mix for 4 and 5 stars, like Adolpus Washington. But you know what, I think you forget that we have beaten LSU, Georgia, Auburn. So what if the UT streak hasnt ended, it’s not like they’ve won these last few games cuz they are better. It will end and I say it happens this year in CWS. Those Cats did a lot for our program and it’s ashame you dont give them any credit. Getting to the bowl games is why these 4 and 5 stars are even considering us when before, UK wouldnt be a school they’d even consider. Get over yourself. This program has to be slowly built, it’s football, not basketball.



  53. WestPointCard
    7:58 pm August 2, 2011 Permalink

    33, Hope you are enjoying yourself.