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Kentucky football making its presence known in South Florida

Montgomery, his high school coach, and Mark Stoops

With the commitments of Alex Montgomery and Alvonte Bell, Mark Stoops and the Cats are making their presence known in the football fertile South Florida. Dieter Kurtenbach of the Orlando Sun Sentinel called Montgomery’s commitment a “coup” for Kentucky, further backing up the growing notion that Montgomery is grossly underrated. Kurtenbach says that despite Montgomery’s three-star rating, he is one of the best players in South Florida, and his commitment proves that Kentucky is doing what they need to do to climb out of the SEC cellar:

In Montgomery and Everglades defensive end Alvonte Bell, Kentucky will have two physically-gifted prospects who are far from finished products. There’s little risk in taking them on, but the projectable upside of both players is staggering. With the right coaching – and there’s no reason to believe the new staff at Kentucky isn’t capable of that – Bell and Montgomery could be impact players in the SEC.

Kentucky is showing its hand in recruiting South Florida. Until the Wildcats become a winning program, they won’t compete for the South Florida’s best, but they are going after players who many schools believe aren’t polished enough. Kentucky is betting that two or three years down the line, those players will be comparable with many of the league’s best players. Using Bell and Montgomery as examples, I agree with those coaches.

Kentucky already boasts some of the best facilities and fans in the country. With coaches that know the state and the kind of athletes the Southern portion of it produces, the Big Blue Nation could be close to spreading to our neck of the woods.

The Sun Sentinel also reports that running back JoJo Kemp and wide receiver Jeff Badet will likely commit to the Cats tonight. Badet will announce at 7:00 p.m. and Kemp at 7:15 p.m., which means it may be one hell of a Friday night in the Big Blue Nation.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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21 Comments for Kentucky football making its presence known in South Florida

  1. I Say
    11:25 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    “Kentucky already boasts some of the best facilities and fans in the country.” HUH? All I heard 3 months ago was that we would never be able to recruit at a high level because of how poor our facilities are. I can remember Matt saying on several occasions that we had the 2nd worst facilities, if not the worst, in the SEC. Sooo….

  2. Chris
    11:28 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    We do have near the worst facilities in the SEC. it just so happens that all Sec facilities are better than other conferences

  3. also
    11:33 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    c’mon guys. This is an Orlando Sun Sentinel writer. Do you honestly think he has ever been to CWS to make a fair evaluation of either UK’s facilities or its fanbase? Nope. Its just a sentence in an article. What #2 says.

  4. Coltthedog
    11:33 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know why the font size on this site would suddenly appear much smaller when viewed on a home computer. Regular size on other devices?

  5. Sko Cats
    11:33 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    So, Whatever happened to Asiantii? I’m guessing we took a back seat to UCLA and Clemson?

  6. asdf
    11:33 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t going after the unpolished players who could develop into top-notch kids the Joker Phillips strategy?

  7. Matt
    11:41 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    4. check the zoom level in the bottom right corner of your screen. If it is less than 100% that could be your problem. Sometimes you can accidentally change it by hitting ctrl on the keyboard while rolling the middle mouse button.

  8. StooopsUK#1
    11:42 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #5 – per many people elsewhere Asianti Woulard never had a committable offer from UK. Clemson has backed off as reported elsewhere yesterday. Also, since Reese Philips enrolled at UK in Jan, and the fact that UK is pursuing 2014 4-stars Drew Barker and DJ Gillins, we really don’t need Woulard. It’s likely down to UCLA and USF at this point.

  9. Stickman
    11:48 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    It seems like most of the schools that were hot after Woulard a couple weeks ago have cooled off on him, so it looks as if we won’t lose much by passing on him.

  10. Bleaker
    11:56 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Asianti DEFINITELY has an offer. You are schizo to think otherwise.

  11. Swerve
    11:57 am February 1, 2013 Permalink

    STOOPS, he did it again! He got another recruit

  12. Stickman
    12:06 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    #10 if Woulard signs with the Cats on Wednesday then you can say “I told you so.” Until then I wouldn’t count on seeing him wearing Wildcat Blue.

  13. Coltthedog
    12:08 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, fixed it. thanks

  14. Stickman
    12:08 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Focus #12!! This is a thread about football recruiting in South Florida. Some no-name blogger’s opinion of our beloved basketball Cats is a waste of time to read.

  15. Big Whoop
    12:09 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Once again, homework is lacking here at KSR. It is the Orlando Sentinel not the Sun Sentinel which is a Ft. Lauderdale newspaper. Maybe you should click on your own link to make sure you don’t look stupid before posting. All this news was available last night and could’ve been reported then. This “news” is over 12 hours old.

  16. quickie
    12:17 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops is da man!!!!!!!!!

  17. NBA league pass
    12:31 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    the more S. FLA players we get, the better off we are as far as I’m concerned.

  18. MustangCat
    1:22 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    Hey, I know everyone is writing off Woulard, but if we do get Badet this evening, then that may well give us an edge?! Just last week, when UCLA was the new flavor, Badet was rumored to be heading out there too! Every time I hear Badets name mentioned, it’s always in connection with Woulard. So, who knows? Anyone ever hear any knees on the Taj Williams kid? Are we no longer in the running for him?

  19. MustangCat
    1:23 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    News. Stupid phones.

  20. natedizzle
    1:52 pm February 1, 2013 Permalink

    gosh this recruiting is making me lose my mind. Coach Cal has me spoiled with recruiting. I don’t even care about basketball recruiting, I know we’ll get plenty of talent. Its tough being a fan of a program that’s trying to rebuild. I really hope these guys considering UK see that and are willing to make an investment in a program that’s fighting to rise up.