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.