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Kentucky Football Recruiting Big Board

Mark Stoops and his staff have been making moves on the recruiting trail since taking the Kentucky job in November, and his early success has generated an unfamiliar excitement from Big Blue Nation as National Signing Day 2013 approaches.  So, in order to get you ready for Stoops’ first class in Lexington, here is a look at how it stands as of today.

 

STEVEN BORDEN (JC)
Tight End

6’3”, 250 lbs.
Kilgore Junior College

Rivals: N/A
ESPN: 77
247: 79

ZA’DARIUS SMITH (JC)
Defensive End

6’5”, 252 lbs.
East Mississippi C.C.

Rivals: 5.8
ESPN: 83
247: 94

ALVONTE BELL
Defensive End

6’6”, 228 lbs.
Miramar, FL

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 79
247: 86

JAVESS BLUE (JC)
Wide Receiver

6’1”, 195 lbs.
Butler County C.C.

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 83 ****
247: 87

JUSTIN DAY
Offensive Line

6’8”, 285 lbs.
Aiken, SC

Rivals: 5.5.
ESPN: 68
247: 79

JACOB HYDE
Defensive Tackle

6’2”, 313 lbs.
Manchester, KY

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 77
247: 86

JALEEL HYTCHYE
Defensive Back

5’11”, 165 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 81 ****
247: 82

AUSTIN MACGINNIS
Kicker

5’11”, 170 lbs.
Prattville, AL

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: 75
247: 82

BLAKE MCLAIN
Defensive Back

5’11”, 181 lbs.
Winter Park, FLA

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 74
247: 80

MARCUS MCWILSON
Safety

6’0”, 195 lbs.
Youngstown, OH

Rivals: 5.8
ESPN: 77
247: 90

KYLE MEADOWS
Offensive Line

6’5”, 270 lbs.
West Chester, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 79
247: 86

REGIE MEANT
Defensive Tackle

6’5”, 265 lbs.
Cape Coral, FL

Rivals: 5.3
ESPN: 74 ***
247: N/A

RAMSEY MEYERS
Offensive Line

6’3”, 290 lbs.
Orange Park, FL

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: 73
247: 83

ALEX MONTGOMERY
Wide Receiver

6’1”, 180 lbs.
Weston, FL

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 78
247: 85

REESE PHILLIPS
Quarterback

6’3”, 210 lbs.
Signal Mountain, TN

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: 69
247: 80

KHALID THOMAS
Running Back

5’10”, 175 lbs.
Tallahassee, FL

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 79
247: 85

NATE WILLIS (JC)
Cornerback

6’0”, 180 lbs.
Arizona Western C.C.

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 78
247: 89


DE-COMMITTED: Jalen Battle (DB), Ander Bodkin (OL), Jake Boyton (OL), Darren Dowdell (TE), Lovell Peterson (DT), Deangelo Yancey (WR)

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QUARTERBACK

Returning: Max Smith, Patrick Towles, Jalen Whitlow

Committed:  Reese Phillips***

Notable Targets:

OFFENSIVE LINE

Returning: Tyler Davenport, Bill Davis, Tevon Eatmon-Nared, Max Godby, John Gruenschlaeger, T.J. Jones, Shaquille Love, Darrian Miller, Kevin Mitchell, Zach Myers, Damon Sprouse, Jordan Swindle, Jon Toth, Jordan Watson, Zach West

Committed:  Justin Day***, Kyle Meadows***, Ramsey Meyers***

Notable Targets: David Maka***, Nick Haynes***

RUNNING BACK

Returning: Josh Clemons, Jonathan George, Dy’Shawn Mobley, Raymond Sanders, Justin Taylor

Committed: Khalid Thomas***

Notable Targets: Daryl Chestnut***, JoJo Kemp***, Stafon McCray***, Aregeros Turner***

WIDE RECEIVER

Returning: Bookie Cobbins, Daryl Collins, Rashad Cunningham, A.J. Johnson, A.J. Legree, Derrick Quarles, DeMarco Robinson, Austin Sheehan, DeMarcus Sweat, William Tanner

Committed:  Javess Blue*** (JUCO),  Alex Montgomery***

Notable Targets: Ra’Shaad Samples****, Jeff Badet***, Janarion Grant***, Ryan Timmons***, Marquez Valdes***

TIGHT END

Returning: John Ballis, Seth Bowden, Jordan Aumiller, Anthony Kendrick, Patrick Ligon, Tyler Robinson, Ronnie Shields

Signed:  Steven Borden*** (JUCO)

Committed:

Notable Targets:

DEFENSIVE END

Returning: Bud Dupree, Farrington Huguenin, Langston Newton

Signed: Za’Darius Smith*** (JUCO)

Committed:  Alvonte Bell***

Notable Targets: Jason Hatcher****, Antoine Miles***, Corey Smith***

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Returning: Thomas Chapman, Mister Cobble, Christian Coleman, Alvin Davis, Mike Douglas, Tristian Johnson, Patrick Graffree,  Donte Rumph, Zane Williams

Committed:  Jacob Hyde***, Regie Meant**

Notable Targets: , Toby Johnson **** (JUCO), Deadrin Senat****, Jarran Reed***, Maurice Swain***

LINEBACKER

Returning: Tyler Brause, Tre’ Dunn, Josh Forrest, Khalid Henderson, Jabari Johnson, Malcolm McDuffen, TraVaughn Paschal, Demarius Rancifer, Miles Simpson, Pancho Thomas, Avery Williamson

Committed:

Notable Targets: James Clark***, James Hearns****, Duke Riley***

DEFENSIVE BACK

Returning: Daron Blaylock, Shawn Blaylock, Zack Blaylock, Kory Brown, Rodney Cox, Eric Dixon, Glenn Faulkner, John Giddens, J.D. Harmon, Cody Lewis, Ashely Lowry, Cantrell McKinley, Cody Quinn, Eric Simmons, Erico Smith, Fred Tiller, Dakotah Tyler, Jerry Williams, Sterling Wright

Committed: Marcus McWilson****, Jaleel Hytchye***, Blake McClain***, Nate Willis***

Notable Targets: MacKenzie Alexander****, Marquez White****, MacKenro Alexander***, Godwin Igwebuike***, David Kamara***, Cortez Leonard***

KICKER

Returning: Joe Mansour

Committed:  Austin MacGinnis***

Notable Targets:

PUNTER

Returning: Landon Foster

Committed:

Notable Targets:

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NATIONAL SIGNING DAY 2013: Wednesday, February 6

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Kentucky Football Recruiting Big Board



  1. Al's IndiCats
    5:24 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Damn sure would hate to have to feed some of those boys!!!!! Great Going Coach!



  2. Few Dranklin
    5:31 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Where’s Woulard, & Swain?? Take Antoine Miles off our board as well as Stafon McCray. They have both committed other places, & I don’t think the interest is there any longer.



  3. Asiantii
    5:35 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, what happened to me? I thought I was the top target!



  4. KyChris
    5:35 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Was wondering about Wouldard myself.



  5. schwing
    5:35 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, because these 3* recruits will get us competing at a much higher level in the SEC than the other 3* guys we’ve been getting. I’m so excited to see us maybe compete with Vandy next year.



  6. St. Paul Raiders
    5:42 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Woulard got later interest and ultimately an offer from Clemson and is likely to sign there.



  7. Obvious
    5:44 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Come on guys; it’s obvious from the picture that they ahve to call Asiantii on Tuesday to figure out if he is still on the big board. 🙂



  8. brain
    5:51 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Great start for coach Stoops.



  9. MANIA
    5:51 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Ponzi leader caught — revamp of field now in doubt.

    The only positive is plenty of playing time.

    Recruiting BIGGER BOARD:

    Quick – X

    DeMarcus Smith – X

    That ‘psych’ Dude – X



  10. Yo dude
    5:56 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #9 share the mushrooms



  11. Rockfield, KY
    6:14 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Apparently now Woulard is rumored to UCLA



  12. Manbird
    6:27 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Suck my Balls!



  13. El Pollo Loco
    6:29 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for putting this all in one place for those of us who can’t keep up.



  14. Drew
    6:29 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    Badet is considering ucla and visited or is visiting. Woulard and badet are buddies



  15. kingrex
    6:48 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    I am hoping the range that makes up three stars is true and that we are in fact getting players at the upper end of the spectrum as opposed to the low end of the 3 star spectrum we have been bringing in every year since the Noah built his boat.



  16. Jason
    6:56 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    #15

    That’s where you can start looking at the offer sheets and multiple sources. A lot of these 3 star kids, like Blue, Hytchye, and Timmons are rated a four star on either ESPN, Rivals, or Scouts, just not all at the same time. They’ve obviously done something to impress scouts at either of the 3 major sources. Secondly, you can look at their offer sheets. These guys are turning down offers from other major schools in power conferences. We’re beating out Miss St, Ole Miss, Vandy, A&M, and Lousiville (hate to admit it, but they’re fresh off of a Sugar Bowl win, they’re fairly legit right now). Prior the story seemed to be that we were getting consensus 3 star recruits across the board, and they were winning battles at Mid. Ten. State, and Texas Southern. These guys are a class above what we’ve been used to here, even if the stars say otherwise. The star ranking, especially for football, is barely a rough guideline for recruiting.



  17. williamtitan
    6:59 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    rankings in football mean nothing. all it does is create excitement. there is so much you have to scout in football compared to basketball and its a whole lot more easier to decide if a player is a four star prospect or a 5 star prospect in basketball. for example, randall cobb (***),keenan burton (***),jacob tamme (***), mracus mcclinton (***), rafael little (***) and morgan newton, (**** on rivals) and (*****) on espn and we all know how that turned out. football recruiting with stars right beside their name means nothing. heck tom brady was a two star coming out of high school and he was a beast in college and in the pros. who cares as long as stoops can find talent then we will be alright. just hold your breath for a couple of years and see what he brings in.



  18. Bald Guy
    7:33 pm January 28, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with the “stars mean nothing” talk but talent from Florida and Ohio is exciting to hear about regardless. I have a feeling going after big time players will pay off though. Go CATS!