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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
Tight End
NR
6’3”, 250 lbs.
Kilgore Junior College

ZA’DARIUS SMITH
Defensive End

6’5”, 252 lbs.
East Mississippi C.C.

ALVONTE BELL
Defensive End

6’6”, 228 lbs.
Miramar, FL

JAVESS BLUE
Wide Receiver

6’1”, 195 lbs.
Butler County C.C.

ANDER BODKIN
Offensive Line

6’5”, 276 lbs.
Marianna, FL

JAKE BOYNTON
Offensive Line

6’7”, 270 lbs.
Marietta, GA

JUSTIN DAY
Offensive Line

6’8”, 285 lbs.
Aiken, SC

DARREN DOWDELL
Tight End

6’4”, 224 lbs.
Atlanta, GA

JACOB HYDE
Defensive Tackle

6’2”, 313 lbs.
Manchester, KY

JALEEL HYTCHYE
Defensive Back

5’11”, 165 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH

AUSTIN MACGINNIS
Kicker

5’11”, 170 lbs.
Prattville, AL

BLAKE MCLAIN
Defensive Back

5’11”, 181 lbs.
Winter Park, FLA

KYLE MEADOWS
Offensive Line

6’5”, 270 lbs.
West Chester, OH

REGIE MEANT
Defensive Tackle

6’5”, 265 lbs.
Cape Coral, FL

RAMSEY MEYERS
Offensive Line

6’3”, 290 lbs.
Orange Park, FL

LOVELL PETERSON
Defensive Tackle

6’3”, 280 lbs.
Huber Heights, OH

REESE PHILLIPS
Quarterback

6’3”, 210 lbs.
Signal Mountain, TN

KHALID THOMAS
Running Back

5’10”, 175 lbs.
Tallahassee, FL

DEANGELO YANCEY
Wide Receiver

6’2”, 200 lbs.
Atlanta, GA

……………………………………

QUARTERBACK

Returning: Max Smith, Patrick Towles, Jalen Whitlow

Committed:  Reese Phillips

Notable Targets: Asiantii Woulard

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:  Ander Bodkin, Jake Boynton, Justin Day, Kyle Meadows, Ramsey Meyers

Notable Targets: David Maka, Maurice Swain

RUNNING BACK

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

Committed: Khalid Thomas

Notable Targets: JoJo Kemp, Stafon McCray, Argegeros 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, Deangelo Yancey

Notable Targets: Jeff Badet, James Clark, Donald Gage, Alex Montgomery, Ra’Shaad Samples, Ryan Timmons, Marquez Valdez

TIGHT END

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

Signed:  Steven Borden

Committed: Darren Dowdell

Notable Targets:

DEFENSIVE END

Returning: Farrington Huguenin, Langston Newton

Signed: Za’Darius Smith

Committed:  Alvonte Bell

Notable Targets: Jason Hatcher, Antoine Miles, Corey Smith

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

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

Committed:  Jacob Hyde, Regie Meant, Lovell Peterson

Notable Targets: Jarran Reed, Maurice Swain

LINEBACKER

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

Committed:

Notable Targets: James Clark, 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: Jaleel Hytchye, Blake McClain

Notable Targets: MacKenro Alexander, MacKenzie Alexander, Janarion Grant, Boaz Joseph, Marcus McWilson, Nate Willis

KICKER

Returning: Joe Mansour

Committed:  Austin MacGinnis

Notable Targets:

PUNTER

Returning: Landon Foster

Committed:

Notable Targets:

……………………………………

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

61 Comments for Kentucky Football Recruiting Big Board



  1. Bob Loblaw
    8:19 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    I’m really looking forward to seeing how Stoops develops this team. I really want to see improvement and I don’t mean in wins for next year.



  2. wildcat502
    8:29 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    What happened to Thomas Chapman the Defensive Tackle from Manual???



  3. Bird in Kentucky
    8:30 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Hope we can get a few more Big Names on defense. Asiantii Woulard would be a great one to snag for QB.



  4. Truth
    8:30 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops gettin’ ‘er done!



  5. kes
    8:38 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    i dont think kyle meadows is from manchester ky….LOL



  6. mudcreekmark
    8:40 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Great work Drew!! Keep em coming.We usually have to wait for LHL to run article after signing day. Thanks!!!



  7. From 10,000 Feet Up
    8:41 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    The only “excitement” that has been generated in the BBN has been the “hype” being pumped out of this website.

    I see a bunch of 3 star players there.

    1 4 star (juco transfer).

    How is that any different than Jokers recruiting and why did he not get this level of “excitement” pumped out of this site with each of his 3 star classes?



  8. joker
    8:43 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #2 thomas is on the team i just didnt like using talent



  9. UKUniFan
    8:43 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    David Maka is a OL prospect, specifically at C. Not an LB.



  10. I Am Spartacus
    8:44 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Good layout Drew…….Nice to see all of them lined up together.



  11. rnewton22
    8:48 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Do we really need 9 TE’s



  12. Jason
    8:52 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    @7

    How many times must it be said? Star ratings can differ. ESPN had Blue as a 4 star. Hyteche has been rated a 4 star on websites. A few of those other guys are very close to being 4 stars. Pay less attention to the star power, and pay more attention to who we beat out for these guys. We’re beating out other SEC schools.

    Jokeer’s 3 stars generally fell closer to being 2 stars than they did being 4 stars. And we were beating out Middle Tennessee State.

    The hype is coming from how quickly Stoops has worked. He’s nailed down, 3 guys who have been rated as four star recruits on different websites in literally one month of recruiting. He’s got Woulard, Samples, Timmons, Hatcher and other 4 star guys considering us. Guys turning down other good programs to be here. That’s where the hype is.



  13. Deacon
    8:52 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Thought we were going after a DT with last name “Senat” or something like that, highly regarded from Fla. Did he drop us?



  14. mudcreekmark
    8:54 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    7)You better go check on Jokers last few classes. He had a bunch of two stars.



  15. catfan2000
    8:54 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #7, You also have to look at the other schools that have offered a kid. For example, Kyle Meadows held offers from Fla St., West Virginia, and Louisville. Joker fought off the mighty powers that are Arkansas St, Memphis, Middle Tenn, and South Alabama for the services of Jalen Whitlow. We are now battling more successful programs for recruits instead of MAC and Sun Belt programs.



  16. BBN
    9:00 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    I am hearing that Josh Clemons will transfer at the end of the semester. Don’t expect him to return.



  17. Walter Sobchak
    9:03 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    7) The majority of division one football recruits are 3 stars. The difference this year is that we are getting 3 star players that had offers from big schools, as opposed to the past where we got 3 stars that only had offers from Middle Tennessee State and WKU. The offers a player gets are a pretty good measure of his talent. Now stop being a turd.



  18. Walter Sobchak
    9:04 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Dang, 15 beat me to it



  19. jonathan
    9:05 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #7 it’s people like you that never cease to amaze me. assuming that was a real critique and you’re not a troll, how can you possibly make that statement? no “excitement” around the football program? i guess we didn’t hire a new coach, who has a name that carries weight and respect nationally, and who also had a top 5 defense nationally last year, and who also has hired a very impressive staff by any school’s standards, and we have also signed a host of players (i.e. smith, borden, blue, meadows, peterson, hytche) of whose caliber have never really considered kentucky before, and are also getting visits from players (i.e. hatcher, woulard, samples, alexander, mcwilson, etc.) that we never used to get before, and oh yeah, just got $110 million in football renovations coming down the pipe from frankfort….i guess none of that has happened has it??? i guess ksr just made it all up and has pulled the wool over our eyes! and by the way, you must not know that there is a huge disparity between a bottom level 3 star and a top level one, they’re not all considered equal. for instance, javess blue, who committed yesterday is a 3 star but had offers from arizona, west virginia and texas a&m, among others. and also, a little school by the name of georgia has 16 3 stars committed at the moment, and last i checked they have a pretty good thing going. so next time you decide to come out of your hole and make an ignorant, dim-witted comment, do us all a favor and do it somewhere else. appreciate it.



  20. Bigblue
    9:10 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    7) There was no excitement for Joker because he couldnt coach. Everyone he got either sucked or got worse after he coached them. He was one of the worst head coaches in college football last year. Stoops has not coached a game here yet but he has improved recruiting already. Joker on the other hand did what he does best….lose…get crushed by UL at UF.



  21. putinrichie
    9:11 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    17 – This. An offer list tells you more about a recruit than any star ranking. I would much rather have a 3-star with offers from 20 major D-1 programs than a 4-star that has a weak offer list.



  22. chillax
    9:13 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #19 Damn jonathan, valium is a wonderful thing. See your doctor.



  23. ikeeveready
    9:18 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    deadrin Senat is a teammate of the Alexander’s who stoops was recruiting to fsu and has continued to stay in contact with hear. still trying to arrange a visit I think.

    Mackenzie Alexander is top 40 player and Senat is a 4 star DT



  24. chillax
    9:18 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #7 You’re not really wrong, but do you really think UK FB fans starved for a glimmer of hope want to hear it? The excitement comes from change. Period. So you should forgive fans that want to be optimistic. Having said that, kudos to Stoops for the high 3* recruits, but guess what. Bama/LSU/UGA etc. will end up with mostly 4/5’s. The question of the day is can these coaches close the deal on Timmons/Woulard, maybe Hatcher and THEN can he coach?



  25. WILDCAT 4 LIFE
    9:32 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Whereis Bubba Tandy?



  26. ikeeveready
    9:34 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    of the current commitments out there only 20 five stars are committed. there usually no more than 40-50 per class and only 100 or so TRUE fours stars ANNUALLY.

    Ohio produces 300 D1 players every year.

    Check, sometimes players move up. Reese Phillips committed as a 2 star and now gets 3 because he was TN all star M V P



  27. From 10,000 Feet Up
    9:45 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #19 – jonathan – I said “excitement” as a reference to the post using the same word (guess that’s why I quoted it).

    From Drew’s Post: “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.”

    Since Drew and I are specifically talking about recruiting, your references to Stoops last name, his coaching staff, the Kentucky legislature approving the University to get loans is completely off subject.

    But if you want to talk about it… a coach with zero wins in college football did not get Frankfort to move with the upgrades. This was something that UK had been working for years and would have happened anyway.

    Stay on subject so I don’t have to make you twitch after you get all worked up from your own confusion of the topic being discussed.



  28. Cmon
    9:49 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    David Maka is not a Linebacker, he’s a Center. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-David-Maka-134451

    Also worth noting, Javess Blue and Jaleel Hytchye are 4 stars on ESPN. However, they list Day and Phillips as 2 stars…



  29. From 10,000 Feet Up
    9:54 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    So Stoops has 30 3 star recruits coming in and they are all right on the edge of being 4 stars.

    This is insight being provided from people who haven’t ever seen most of them play and aren’t paid football analysts.

    Feel good about things… I do all the time. Know we are on the right track. This is perfectly fine. I think Kentucky deserves to have a great football team. The only way it happens it with a supportive fanbase. But when your so caught up that you can’t see beyond fluff postings, then you will be called out.

    Bull$#!+ yourselves with marginal diamond in the rough fodder on over 28 3 star players. But don’t try to sell it to others like it’s really diamonds. Especially when it’s THE reason many people had it out for Joker (3 star recruiting).



  30. Stigall
    9:56 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    9 TE’s and maybe 5 QB’s. I see Whitlow transferring, maybe Towles if Woulard signs. Gotta admit I could care less about UK football under the Joke. Stoops absolutely has gotten people excited



  31. Jason
    10:06 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    @29

    If we’re going to make the “aren’t football analysts and haven’t seen them play” argument…doesn’t this also mean you’re disqualified from whining about it? Since, of course, you’ve probably not seen any of these kids play, and certainly aren’t on Mark Stoops staff, recruiting these kids, so I doubt you’ve watched enough H.S. kids across the country to apply rank them.

    The fact is, ESPN and Rivals both have these kids much, much closer to being “4star” than they do “2star”. You can also see that by who’s recruiting these kids: they’re getting offers from top 25 programs like Louisville, WVU, Nebraska, Miss St, Florida St….that’s a far cry from some of these kids like Battle, the 2 star recruit from Joker who’s de-committed who’s now fielding offers from Buffalo and Navy.

    If you want to get caught up in the “3 star” ranking, feel free to. But there’s marked improvement in recruiting going on in the first 45 days of the Stoops era as opposed to the Phillips era. MARKED. And this is him doing it coming off of a 2-10 season where we were literally the joke of the conference. Hell, guys like Quick, Hatcher and this safety from Nebraska wouldn’t give us the time of day and are now at least looking. Give it a few years and you’ll see even more improvement. Stoops has this program headed up already – that’s a miracle in and of itself.



  32. bosshogg24
    10:10 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    More than one of these players are 4 Stars, must be looking at the wrong sites, check ESPN too!



  33. bosshogg24
    10:18 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Javess Blue is a 4 Star on ESPN!



  34. g-unit
    10:28 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Woulard taking visit to UCLA on the 25th….



  35. I just Blue Myself
    10:31 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Did we get Sting’s kid? The wrestler not the singer. I really want his painted ass hangin’ out in commonwealth putting scorpion leglocks on the refs if they don’t do right by his boy.



  36. g-unit
    10:35 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    This post brought to you by Jacob…Brooks from cats illustrated…. Not Drew Franklin…smh



  37. jonathan
    10:42 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    #27, don’t try and mince your words now. you said “the only excitement that has been generated in the BBN has been the hype being pumped out of this website”. so no, your comment – perhaps unbeknownst to you – wasn’t just regarding recruiting, but rather any “excitement” within “BBN”, as you yourself said. and as I noted there has been considerable excitement within BBN, regardless of whether this was shared by you. (and even if it was recruiting it would still be an utterly ridiculous statement as evidenced by virtually any KY message board, fan site, call-in-show, printed publication, etc.)

    and if you’d like to talk about stoops’ resume that’s fine, but you can’t argue his hire hasn’t generated excitement and reason for hope.

    furthermore, i’m not so sure the renovations would have come thru under phillips. yes they’ve been working on this for a decade and it hasn’t happened. and several local football media have shared similar sentiments, that without the forward momentum and enthusiasm the package wouldn’t have even made it to frankfort because of the uncertainty surrounding the revenue (all spectator driven) to pay for it. take that for what you will.

    and to everyone else here perpetuating the notion that joker’s “3 star recruiting” is equivalent to stoops’, please stop. i’m not trying to hype this class as anything it’s not. but it’s absolutely foolish to make that comparison in light of actual “facts”. joker had 15 2 star and below recruits in his 3 classes. stoops has already told the 2 we had in this class to look elsewhere and the average star rating of his class is already above 3, when joker’s classes were all below. not to mention we’re no longer beating out marshall, buffalo and middle tennesse state types for recruits, but rather big name D1 schools. if you have an agenda just admit it, otherwise why not take the time to educate yourself on recruiting basics before embarassing yourselves in front of the rest of us.



  38. reggie4uk
    11:05 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    lol, this thread is comical. But i gotta say, agree with jonathan here…to act like all 3 stars are equal is like saying any passing grade in a pass/fail class is the same. yea, you may have passed, but your C is a far cry from my A, even though they’re both categorized as “passing”. what’s so hard about this to understand people?! smh…

    not to mention stoops only been here a month and he still putting together a good class with chances to get guys who woulda never come here. geez, give the man his due.



  39. bluerooster
    11:16 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    yea, all those big name schools are just raking in 4 and 5 stars exclusively and all they do is wipe their butts with 3 stars. but just to be sure let’s see…hmmm, florida has 10?, bama has 7, oklahoma with 11, south carolina with 14, wow, georgia with 15, no way!, and A&M with…18? you gotta be kidding me. must be some kinda mistake. and whadda u know, their 3 star rankings are equivalent to ours, high 3’s around 5.6 and 5.7. But as you guys were saying, all 3 stars suck and we shouldn’t want any of them and to hell with stoops and his so called big time recruiting!…furr stoops and hurr Saban!!!

    You people are f’ing morons.



  40. Where is this awesome class...
    11:46 pm January 14, 2013 Permalink

    Im so confused…the class I see on Rivals is ranked #49…13th in the SEC. 13 spots behind Mizzou and 24/25 behind Tennessee/Mississippi State.



  41. Diggity
    12:17 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Timmons was at the A&M game on Saturday. I think he’s fairly interested.



  42. Blue Boy
    12:22 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks Drew! Great job and details best post. UK is a football school.



  43. T.J. Jones
    12:28 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’ma get my gun then we’s gone have us some good ass recroots!



  44. Lucky Raymond
    1:28 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    ir



  45. Hartline
    2:53 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, Please have a post like this every month or maybe less. This is great. Like honestly, this may be the most informational football recruitment post in terms of the names, stars, etc every on this website.



  46. From 10,000 Feet Up
    3:39 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    #40 – Where is this awesome class… –

    Wait one second. Don’t try to bring facts to this discussion. Jonathan & Jason aren’t having none of it.

    So your saying that Rivals, who does the ratings, and knows who is a 3.9 and who is a 3.1, is taking all of that into consideration and still putting Kentucky as 2nd to last place in the SEC in this years recruiting (with an average ranking of 3.06 average, just .06 above last place)?

    Well, just that couldn’t be because Jonathan and Jason (2 people that we all know are full of credibility and intelligence coated in fact) said all these kids are the top 3’s you can get.

    That would be an average of 3.9, or at least above 3.5 (since there is 1 4 star and no 2 or 1 stars.

    UK Rivals Ranking as of 1/15/2013 = 3.06 stars
    13th out of 14th in the SEC (0.06 above last place).

    Getting it done!!! “Unfamiliar Excitement!



  47. From 10,000 Feet Up
    4:28 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    YEAR……STAR AVG….SIGNED….4STAR….3STAR…SEC RANKING…COUNTRY RANKING
    2013 ….. 3.06 ….. 18 ….. 1 ….. 16 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 49th
    2012 ….. 2.88 ….. 26 ….. 1 ….. 21 ….. 14th of 14 ….. 62nd
    2011 ….. 2.96 ….. 24 ….. 1 ….. 21 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 61st
    2010 ….. 2.77 ….. 26 ….. 1 ….. 18 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 50th
    2009 ….. 2.69 ….. 29 ….. 3 ….. 16 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 41st
    2008 ….. 2.50 ….. 20 ….. 1 ….. 09 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 57th
    2007 ….. 2.31 ….. 29 ….. 1 ….. 09 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 54th
    2006 ….. 2.53 ….. 30 ….. 3 ….. 10 ….. 11th of 14 ….. 36th
    2005 ….. 2.15 ….. 26 ….. 0 ….. 04 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 67th
    2004 ….. 2.36 ….. 28 ….. 1 ….. 10 ….. 12th of 14 ….. 52nd
    2003 ….. 2.48 ….. 21 ….. 1 ….. 08 ….. 13th of 14 ….. 63rd
    2002 ….. 2.19 ….. 16 ….. 1 ….. 01 ….. 14th of 14 ….. 94th

    Current SEC rules state that you can only give 25 scholarships per year (unless you didn’t sign 25 the previous year, then you can back sign). A month ago UK had 68 players on scholarship leaving 17 scholarships to give to reach the 85 maximum.

    For 2013 Kentucky has signed 18. There have been some departures so it’s possible that Kentucky could have up to 7 more scholarships to give (if anyone has this exact current figure please share).

    People can talk all about how much better Kentucky recruiting is this year HOWEVER… UK is still in the same spot (2nd to last in the SEC, 1 – 4 star recruit, and hovering around 50th in the nation).

    And these stats aren’t pulled out of someone’s ass. It’s Rivals and they calculate to the 100th of a percent with their team star averages.



  48. Big Whoop
    5:57 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Uh, #47….before Joker left our ranking was at one point 62nd with a star rating hovering around 2.50. Since Stoops came on board, Rivals has us at #49 with an average star rating of 3.06. This is the first time since the ratings and rankings began that UK has obtained anything above 3.00 in ANY of the ratings. Scout, which is the toughest rating service, has us at 51st with an average rating of 2.68 and ESPN has us >40 because they only rank the top 40.

    Joker got 14 commitments. Of those 14, seven were 2 Stars by Scout’s ratings and of those three were rated as 2 Stars by ESPN and one was rated a 2 star by all three. That player has had his offer withdrawn and was allowed to de-commit publically. UK’s average star rating immediately jumped in all three ratings services.

    So, Stoops is hampered by the number of Joker commitments. Since Stoops came on board, he’s received commitments from six. Z’Darius Smith is a Scout 3 Star, but ESPN and Rivals has him as a 4 star. Hytche and Blue are ESPN 4 stars and Scout and Rivals 3 Stars. Peterson and Meadows are both 3 stars by the three ratings services. Scout has Sting’s son as a 2 star and the other two ratings services have him as unrated, meaning they don’t have any info on him. JFWIW, that 3.06 average star rating by Rivals was 2.69 two weeks ago. For 2013, Kentucky has SIGNED two, not 18, so you’re statement is mistaken. We have 19 commitments including the two JUCOs who have signed. If we get commitments from some of the players that Stoops is after, you can’t expect to see some offers withdrawn and some current players transfer out. If, you will recall, Calipari did this upon his arrival. This process, while distasteful to some, is a common occurence. That coaches will sign the best players available is common practice.

    I find it very humorous that you pick and choose which stats from Rivals to use to support you argument while ignoring the highest star average we’ve ever had from Rivals. That alone is cause for celebration. You infer that Stoops has improved UK recruiting, but he has. You are in the sentence in bold, but that has nothing to do with Stoops and everything to do with Joker. How else can you explain the rating improvement with the (boo hoo) loss of Jalen Battle?

    The stats ignored by you, sir, are pulled out of your ass to make your argument seem valid when it isn’t.



  49. Big Whoop
    6:25 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Oh…as an aside, Rivals lists Louisville as 61st in their rankings while UK is 49th even though UK’s average star rating is 3.06 compared to Louisville’s 3.15. The reason for the disparity is in the number of commitments. Rivals has not yet taken into account UK’s Kyle Meadows as of today. Considering UL beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl and UK went 2-10 with only the toilet bowl to its credit, our recruiting effort from Stoops is quite remarkable.



  50. Jason
    7:26 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    @ Big Whoop

    Couldn’t have said it any better myself. Much appreciated.



  51. Big Whoop Says...
    7:32 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Here is an excellent article that puts things in perspective and offers some context regarding the SEC. I highly recommend reading it.

    http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2013/1/14/3866774/new-and-everything-that-comes-with-it-tennessee-butch-jones



  52. Big Whoop Says...
    7:59 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    @ Jason

    Sorry for the spelling and grammar errors, but this guy pissed me off.

    For those who don’t think our recruiting has improved any, go to Rivals and look at the last class Joker brought in as Recruiting Coordinator (2009) the 2010 class which was Joker’s and Randy Sanders’s joint class and the subsequent classes through 2012. Then look at this year’s class which isn’t even finished yet and tell me we are not improving.



  53. Jason
    8:11 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve been fighting the good fight on the recruiting in this post since last night. It’s nice to see someone say exactly what I wanted to say and do it better than I would have.

    It just goes to show, what Stoops has done in 45 days is more than what Joker was able to do in 3 years. And this is with a 2-10 team, largely prior to the state government approving the new stadium renovations. What gets me most excited isn’t the host of better 3 star recruits and handful of 4 stars who are highly considering us….it’s thinking about what Stoops could do in a full year of recruiting and coming off a season with more than 2 wins.



  54. UKfanNKY
    9:17 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    ALOT of football coaches and guru’s on here!!! UK FOOTBALL….GO CATS….STOOPS TROOPS!!! KENTUCKY FOOTBALL WILL BE THE SHIT WITHIN THREE YRS.!!!!



  55. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    9:28 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Why aren’t we recruiting a 5* punter!?



  56. Big Whoop
    11:32 am January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s put further holes in good ol’ From 10,000 Feet Up’s argument that things haven’t improved.

    Derek Dooley was fired at Tennessee on November 18, 2012 and Butch Jones was hired on December 7th. Joker Phillips was fired at Kentucky on November 4, 2012 and Mark Stoops was hired on November 27th. Let’s do a comparison of all four and their recruiting.

    Derek Dooley Commitments:

    Jason Carr — 4 star DE — Committed 1/28/12
    Riley Ferguson — 3 star QB — Committed 6/14/12
    Paul Harris — 4 star WR — Committed 7/17/12
    Chauntez Jackson — 3 star DE — Committed 10/13/12
    Brett Kendrick — 3 star OL — Committed 6/12/12
    Jalen Reeves-Maybin — 4 star ATH — Committed 8/12/12
    Austin Sanders — 4 star OL — Committed 8/6/11
    Joe Sanders — 3 star DE — Committed 11/7/12
    Dan Skipper — 3 star OL — Committed 6/26/12
    Josh Smith — 3 star WR — Committed 6/6/12
    Cameron Sutton — 3 star DB — Committed 8/7/12
    Cory Vereen — 3 star LB — Committed 3/2/12

    Butch Jones Commitments:
    A.J. Branisel — 3 star TE — Committed 1/2/13
    Malik Foreman — 3 star ATH — Committed 12/29/12
    Ryan Jenkins — 3 star WR — Committed 1/7/13
    Riyahd Jones — 3 star DB — Committed 12/21/12
    Woody Quinn — 2 star TE — Committed 1/14/13
    Dylan Wiseman — 3 star OL — Committed 1/4/13

    Joker Phillips Commitments:
    Alvonte Bell — 3 star DE — Committed 6/5/12
    Ander Bodkin — 3 star OL — Committed 10/3/12
    Jake Boynton — 3 star OL — Committed 6/17/12
    Justin Day — 3 star OL — Committed 6/29/12
    Darren Dowdell — 3 star ATH — Committed 10/3/12
    Jacob Hyde — 3 star DT — Committed 3/1/12
    Austin McGinnes — 3 star K — Committed 6/23/12
    Blake McClain — 3 star DB — Committed 6/27/12
    Ramsey Meyers — 3 star OL — Committed 6/23/12
    Reece Phillips — 3 star QB — Committed 6/6/12
    Kahlid Thomas — 3 star RB — Committed 7/8/12
    Deangelo Yancy — 3 star WR — Committed 7/31/12
    Jalen Battle — 2 star S — Committed 09/29/12 — Offer withdrawn by Stoops

    Mark Stoops Commitments:
    Steven Borden (JUCO) — Non Rated TE — Committed 12/19/12 — signed LOI
    Za’Darius Smith (JUCO) — 4 star DE — Commited 12/19/12 — signed LOI
    Javess Blue (JUCO) — 3 star WR- Committed 1/13/13
    Jaleel Hytchye — 3 star DB — Committed 1/5/13
    Kyle Meadows — 3 star OL — Committed 1/12/13
    Lovell Peterson — 3 star DT — Committed 1/12/13

    I think you can plainly see that Joker’s staff couldn’t hold a candle to Dooley’s, but Stoops is more than holding his own against Jones.



  57. Raging Against the Machine
    12:22 pm January 15, 2013 Permalink

    All 3-star players. How is this any different than Joker’s recruiting? Where is the big windfall we are supposed to get from this staff’s recruiting prowess?
    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.



  58. RATM duh
    1:20 pm January 15, 2013 Permalink

    #57, read much or too busy trolling?



  59. jonathan
    3:10 pm January 15, 2013 Permalink

    Big Whoop, thx for your efforts to dispel the nonsense being spewed by this 10,000 clown. I attempted to do the same but to no avail. At some point you have to acknowledge that he’s a troll – likely a UofL fan – with nothing better to do than ruffle feathers amongst a rival fan base.

    For the record, I have no problem with people posing the question about how to compare/contrast Joker’s recruiting classes with this one, or with his recruiting ability overall versus that of Stoops. Assuming these people are objective and open-minded, it’s not difficult to differentiate the two. What pains me to no end are the people who will then continue to espouse the same ‘all 3 stars are equivalent’ mentality like its gospel. But what are you gonna do?



  60. jonathan
    3:36 pm January 15, 2013 Permalink

    and 10,000…as I said above I’m not convinced you’re real but for argument’s sake let me address a couple of your earlier points. As to where this “awesome” recruiting class is, when did I ever use that word? I didn’t. It’s a relative term, so the 50th ranked class could be awesome if it was better than what you were used to (i.e. WKU), or it could suck if it was worse (i.e. Alabama). And as your nice little breakdown shows, this class is already the best (talent-wise according to star average) than any class in the past decade! (and further back if you were to look) To me, yes that is encouraging.

    You then argue that KY is still ranked 13 out of 14 schools in the SEC. So let me get this straight, a coach is hired with TWO months to go til signing day, and not only do you expect his class to not fall apart (as is often the case when a coaching change occurs, esp this late in the game) but rather you expect him to come and sign a BETTER class?! Ok, maybe he can solve the fiscal cliff, broker an arab-israeli peace deal and bring about an end to global warming while he’s at it! Yes, to win in the SEC we’d love to see our classes improve over his tenure, but to do it in two months? Please.

    Secondly, 3 star recruits aren’t graded by scores in the 3’s, from 3.1 to 3.9 like you said…it’s the 5’s, but I’m sure you already knew that since you’re such a guru.

    Lastly, what is your point? Honestly. No one, or at least not me, is saying that we’re bringing in the best class in the country or anything close. But are the players better rated than previous classes? Yes, as proven by your chart. Are we beating out better schools for players (a more accurate predictor of talent if you ask me since this would be based on coach evaluation, not scouts)? Yes, as evidenced by our players offer sheets. Are we getting in the homes of, and visits from, players who have rarely considered a school like UK before? Undoubtedly, as illustrated by our visitor list this past weekend. All of those points can’t be argued. So, having said that, what is your point? If you were real I’d be interested to hear it. But since you’re not I’m sure you’ll make up some bs like before about how facts are irrelevant to us and we’re just sycophants drinking the big-blue koolaid. So go ahead and come up with something good, at this point you’re a welcome comic relief from an otherwise dreary, frigid Tuesday afternoon.



  61. derekabney
    3:41 pm January 15, 2013 Permalink

    I dont see Asiantii coming here. We already have 4 QB’s on staff with Phillips coming in. Towles will be your guy next year starting game 1…MARK IT DOWN!