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Martaveius Neloms’ Monday News and Views

One of the great things about doing these nightly posts is that you never know exactly who will be the featured individual. Former recipients of the “honor” include Decartes, William Howard Taft and Charles Nelson Reilly. Add to that list a new member, Martaveius Neloms, the newest commitment to Kentucky football. Jeff Drummond of TCP reported tonight that this unknown cornerback from Memphis, Tennessee (and the guy handing off the baton above) apparently committed to UK this weekend and will be part of the 2009 class. Very little is known of the young man, but he seems to be another of the hidden gems that Joker and the crew have dug up in recent years to join the Kentucky class. The amount of scholarships is dwindling (3 or 4 by my count), so as we get close to Signing Day, the UK work is close to done.

To the news….

(1): With the win in Tuscaloosa, it is almost certain that the Cats will be ranked when the new rankings come out today. Much debate has gone on nationally (and via text as Jeff Goodman and I continue our battle from Friday via the medium used by 14 year old girls everywhere) about where the Cats stand and what type of team they are. But here is what we know. Kentucky is 5-0 in conference, has won 11 out of their last 12 and are one of only four teams in the nation (the others being Duke, Louisville and Oklahoma) to be undefeated in a BCS conference. In addition, no UK team (except the 1991 team from probation) has started out 5-0 in the SEC and not won the conference title (thanks to Tom Leach for giving me that stat). Haters need to recognize that the Cats are good… good may be up in the air, but this is a team to contend with and folks should start to come around.

(2): After the scare on Saturday, it is good to report that Ramon Harris’s health seems fine. He was given another round of tests today and sat out of practice. HE will be held out again on Monday, and his status for Tuesday is up in the air. All signs however are that what happened in Tuscaloosa is not a serious condition and may be more of a sickness than some connection to the head injury he suffered with Michael Porter earlier in the year. More should be known later, but it looks as if the Razor will be back soon.

(3): While much will be made of the play of DeAndre Liggins (who had a good game Saturday but was still inconsistent), I thought the story was the improved play of Darius Miller, specifically on the defensive end. The coaches for UK has been trying to make Michael Porter and DeAndre Liggins a combo, with each playing when matchups and situations favor their entry. That has come along a great deal in recent games. They hope to do the same with Ramon Harris and Darius Miller and Saturday was a huge step in making that happen. The thing that has held Darius back is not his scoring…..he didnt score on Saturday with any regularity, but it has been his defense. But Miller played one of his better games in that end on Saturday, garnering special mention from Gillispie. If Harris is out, he is likely to get the starting nod against Ole Miss. Here is hoping he makes the most out of it.

(4): On the football recruiting front, I am hearing that we may hear of 3-4 UK commitments in the next few days. I would assume the Neloms commitment is the first of those, but I have been told that there is at least one commitment that the staff has that has not yet been leaked out to the media and another 1-2 commitments could come from visits taken this weekend. Stay tuned as we should learn more very soon.

Its been a big week around these parts…..last week was the highest median week of hits for this website in its history. We keep growing in ways that still amaze me and we appreciate your support. We have a VERY big thing coming at the end of the week that will likely be the biggest moment we have had on the site. Stay tuned as it is getting fun…..

Article written by Matt Jones