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More on the new football commitment


A scrimmage at Stephenson High School is just a few cameras and Under Armor jerseys shy of being an all-star game, and ESPN was in Stone Mountain two weeks ago to see it firsthand. ESPN Recruiting’s Jamie Newberg was at the high school’s spring scrimmage and came out with a piece called “Stephenson loaded with prospects”. Those prospects include two Florida-bound players, a defensive lineman going to South Carolina, a linebacker going to Miami, and several other undeclared D-1 players. Yet, among all of these stud recruits, Shawn Blaylock really caught Newberg’s eye:

Another surprise standout was two-way player Shawn Blaylock. He’s a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback/receiver prospect with scholarship offers from Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee State. Yet on a field with a lot of high school stars and future college football players, he stood out by hauling in a TD pass and also making an interception and breaking up a pass.

“Shawn was terrific,” Gartrell said. “He’s had a great offseason for us. I have wanted to see him turn it loose. I wanted to see some other stars star out there. He and Jarontay really had a strong scrimmage for us.”

(via ESPN – May 18, 2011)

Although he only held offers from Arkansas State and MTSU, Blaylock sounds like a great pickup for Kentucky. He and DeMarcus Sweat should have a whole new focus going into their senior season at Stephenson with the recruiting process out of the way, and as Newberg pointed out, Blaylock is already standing out on a field of stars.

Go Stephenson Jaguars. Keep ’em comin!

(Hat-tip to Brent Carney for the find)

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

24 Comments for More on the new football commitment

  1. Blue Virus
    12:02 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Mediocrity is a bitch. Step ut up Joker

  2. UK Wildcat
    12:19 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not about to get excited over a recruit who currently has no star rating on Rivals, ESPN, or Scout. Offers from Arkansas State, MTSU, and Kentucky? I’m sorry, but if we want to compete in the SEC we can’t go around accepting commitments from players who would be in the Sunbelt conference otherwise.

  3. .
    12:36 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    No, he doesn’t sound like a great pick-up. Get real.

  4. Jeffrey Dahlmer
    12:41 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dang! Why you gotta post this article about him. Now FL, Bama or UGA will offer him once they see that he had a TD in a scrimmage game!


  5. Jonah Hex
    12:41 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Could be- but no reason to be A-holes about it. Way to make the guy feel welcome.

  6. UK Wildcat
    12:47 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    #5, so should we just pretend to be super excited about 0 star football commitments because their feelings might get hurt if they read this? Well then, maybe when we accept football commitments from nobodies KSR shouldn’t dedicate multiple posts to it. A little blurb in the News and Views would suffice for a player that NOBODY is excited about.

  7. starburst
    12:52 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    At least with Charlie Strong’s top 25 recruiting class coming in, we can add another team to the excuse of having to play against top caliber athletes week in and week out.

  8. 44 Stitches
    1:00 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Stephenson is loaded every year but it’s crazy all the talent they have on this years upcoming team. They are a D1 factory down here in metro Atlanta just like a lot schools are down here.

    I live in metro Atlanta and saw in the paper were Stephenson should lead the nation this season for players signing to play football at D1 schools. Stephenson staff works real hard at getting there players scholarships in football even if it’s not at a D1 school. The only thing is with all that talent each and every year Stephonson always chokes in the states playoffs. Last season they lost in the 1st round. It’s a common joke down here about them always being loaded and choking. Stephenson is really loaded this year but there are a ton schools down here that produce multiple D1 prospects each and every year. My high school started playing varsity football in 1992 and has averaged 3.5 D1 prospects a year and have produced 4 NFL players. My friends back in Kentucky can’t figure out why I follow high school football. The reason is because there is so much talent down here in Georgia it’s unreal. High school football down here compared to KY is like comparing the day to night its so different.

  9. Jarvis Redwine
    1:02 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Joker been in charge ONE year. Give him a chance to evaluate and bring in talent, stars be damned. I tend to believe most of you 1st 7 commenters are pretending to be UK fans. This September will be the 3rd year in a row we’ve beaten the Cards.

  10. f
    1:03 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink


  11. ebell55
    1:19 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Then we wonder why a player like Cobb calls the fans out!?! Welcome to the Big Blue Nation youngman!!

  12. BillDozer
    1:21 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    For the record, he also has reported offers from Indiana, Illinois, Memphis. The good thing is that kids that come from that school are winners and practice at a high level everyday. Nothing is given to them there…thats the type of kids our program needs. That counts for alot.

    #2…just so you know..many recruits have not been rated yet. Rivals has only rated the top 250 players…you would know this if you followed recruiting.

  13. Motodog12
    1:29 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    I hate to even say it, but how is Chuck Strong bringing in 4 and 5 star kids in the Big East just down the road? At this rate, this may be the last year we get to beat up on them, until they start getting this talent on the field.

  14. UKFootballFan
    1:43 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    starburst needs to worry more about finishing the lawn at Charlie Strong’s house than surfing
    another teams blog. People are fooling themselves if they think UK Football can recruit day in
    and day out against the likes of Florida, Alabama, and Auburn. I believe that Joker will keep
    us competitive by signing players like this. Unless UK decides to focus on football (invest
    another 20 million), this school will always be basketball geared program.

  15. Yufoolzisblind
    2:08 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    Jesus, you people sound like morons.

    Joker gets Thomas Chapman, who has no stars and no other offers, You bitch . Then Chapman is rated a four star by one service and a three star by another and Joker looks smart an dyou look like morons.

    Joker gets QB Patrick Towles, who is not rated at the time while Zeke Pike, another QB from Kentucky, goes to Auburn. You all bitch. Then Towles gets invited to the Elite 11 QB camp in California, virtually assuring him of being rated a four star or better by everyone, and Joker is again proven to be pretty damn smart whil eyou look like morons.

    So the only logical conclusion is that yes, Joker knows what he’s doing and you’re all morons.

  16. Yufoolzisblind
    2:15 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink


  17. RodneyBlueBallz
    2:39 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    This year will be the 5th year in a row we have beaten UL. This kid is a DB who just camped with us. He ran a 4.49 and had 3 interceptions in 7 vs 7’s. This kid is a junior folks!!! When Ray Sanders committed he was a 1* recruit and then he blew up. Joker and Company have been able to find under the radar gems. Alex Smith was a 4* who ended up 7th on the depth chart before transferring to Ohio. We are not going to get nothing but 4 and 5* players. We are not a traditional power but we have been competitive against everyone but Florida. I trust Joker and our coaches who just watched this kid at length over a recruiting analyst that hasnt really saw this kid play. I guarentee this kid will be a 3* at least when its all said and done. He hasnt even started his Senior Year yet. Most of you fake ass fans are idiots. We have a 2nd year coach that I wouldnt trade for anybody. He bleeds blue and he will do whatever he has to to make us successful. Last years National Champ beat us with a last second field goal. We are not that far away from taking that next step. We are goin to be better than people expect this year. The fake fair weather fans and basketball only fans shouldnt even speak. The coaches, players, and true blue fans could really give a shit less about your uneducated opinion. I bleed blue and i just dont understand how someone can hate on their own team. Im sure some people on here are trolls but whats sad is you really have so called fans on here dogging their recruits, players, 2nd year Head Coach, and even program as a whole. Its really really sad but Im gonna cheer for my Cats as hard as I possibly can. Go Cats!!!!

  18. Buzzard
    3:00 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    # 17 Well said. Go Football Cats!

  19. f
    3:54 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink


  20. Fake DeCourcey
    4:23 pm June 2, 2011 Permalink

    4 in a row against the Cards. A beating of Spurrier. A last-second field goal loss to the national champion. A consistently high offensive ranking as coordinator/coach. The best run of drafted NFL talent in program history, including potentially the best all around football player in program history (a 2/3* I might add). Still the man can’t get any love.

    Did we have shortcomings last season? Absolutely. If you turn the ball over 12 times in 3 games you will lose 90% of the time. But that’s not on the coach. Was the SEC down last year? You betcha, see the previous comment.

    Honest, real, educated UK football fans knew to expect no better than a 7-5 record, and if the ball bounced the right way (which it clearly didn’t) maybe 8-4. Those same fans know that the “big time” four star recruits at U of L are having and will continue to have some eligibility issues. They also understand that phenoms in high school are just as easily a
    flash in the pan as opposed to setting of the flash bulbs on draft day.

  21. jauk11
    2:40 am June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Great post, Rodney.

  22. bluesince66
    7:48 am June 3, 2011 Permalink

    People that don’t know crap about football get on here and blast these kids because of the number of stars behind their names. Once again the star system in footbal is less accurate than any other sport. I believe Joker and his guys know a hell of a lot more about these kids than everyone on this sight put together, so after his sophomore year at UK if he’s a bust bitch then.

  23. 2012 Draft
    9:22 am June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Some of you all are really ignorant in regards to this kid. He had offers from Illinois and IU. While not murderers row, two Big 10 schools wanted him, and I expect a lot more offers were going to be coming as he is just finishing up his junior year. He has great height for a CB, and 4.49 forty is SEC speed. Those kind of measurables from one of the premier high schools in the country is definitely worth pursuing.

  24. 2012 Draft
    9:27 am June 3, 2011 Permalink

    #15 – Nail on Head – When you are UK, you aren’t afforded the luxury of waiting until after Florida, Notre Dame, and USC are involved before you offer a kid. You have to get in on kids early, and Joker’s track record at identifying talent is amazing. This is why Ohio State and Oklahoma both tried to take Joker away from UK before he became UK’s head coach.