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National Signing Day 2013

A running diary of National Signing Day 2013…

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9:50 a.m… Waiting on at Montgomery, Kemp, MacGinnis, Thomas and any surprises.

UK is still waiting on signatures from four UK commitments, plus Jason Hatcher and any other surprises.

We’re going to move this party to a new post, but here are the first 17 signees from this morning’s run:

Jeff Badet | Wide Receiver  | Orlando, FL
Alvonte Bell | Defensive End | Miramar, FL
Javess Blue | Wide Receiver | Babson Park, FL
Steve Borden | Tight End | Waxahachie, TX
Justin Day | Offensive Tackle | Aiken, SC
Nick Haynes | Offensive Line | Niceville, FL
Jacob Hyde | Offensive Line | Manchester, KY
Jaleel Hytchye | Cornerback | Cincinnati, OH
Blake McClain | Defensive Back | Winter Park, FL
Marcus McWilson | Safety | Youngstown, OH
Kyle Meadows | Offensive Line | West Chester, OH
Regie Meant | Defensive Tackle | Cape Coral, FL
Ramsey Meyers | Offensive Line | Orange Park, FL
Reese Phillips | Quarterback | Signal Mountain, TN
Ryan Timmons | Wide Receiver | Frankfort, KY
Za’Darius Smith | Defensive End | Greenville, AL
Nate Willis | Cornerback | Pahokee, FL

— Drew

 

9:40 a.m… Javess Blue gets high

He gets very high into the air when he jumps. You didn’t think I was talking about drugs did you? Shame on you.

–Nick

 

9:36 a.m…. Javess Blue is No. 17.

Could he be Kentucky’s top target next season???

JAVESS BLUE

Wide Receiver (JUCO)

6’1”, 195 lbs.
Butler County C.C.

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

Nick’s Breakdown:  JUCO Wide Receiver Javess Blue not only has a fantastic name for a Kentucky football player, he also has a skill set that should get him playing time next fall. A quick inside receiver, Blue does most of his work after he catches the ball. His style fits in perfectly with Brown’s system that emphasizes running short routes and letting the WR’s work for yards, while luring the defense asleep for the deep ball. It’s no surprise that Blue originally committed to Texas Tech, only to follow Coach Brown and Coach Scott to Lexington. Blue’s 1,000 yard 2012 season should impress you. If that didn’t work, know that he’s a winner that led his team in receiving en route to the JUCO Title game. Still not satisfied? A video of him doing backflips should do the trick.

— Drew

 

9:35 a.m…. Video of the first fax to come through this morning.

Kyle Meadows became Kentucky’s first signee early this morning.

If you look closely, you’ll see Kentucky has 22 spots numbered on the white board.

— Drew

 

9:34 a.m…Nick Haynes is a baller

Basketballer that is. Most guys are two sport athletes, but that’s usually limited to the skill-position players. Nick is listed at 6’4, 305 pounds. Oline coach John Schlarman says Haynes leads his basketball team in scoring, assists, and rebounds. Glad I don’t have to be the one guarding him.

–Nick

9:27 a.m…. Neal Brown thinks Ryan Timmons is underrated.

Brown said he believes Timmons would be a Top 50 player nationally if he played in another area.

He also confirmed reports that he and Coach Stoops yelled after receiving Timmons’ commitment.

— Drew

 

9:26 a.m…. Blake McClain rocked the bowtie while signing.

Swag.

— Drew

 

9:16 a.m….. 16 signatures on the board.

Jeff Badet | Wide Receiver  | Orlando, FL
Alvonte Bell | Defensive End | Miramar, FL
Steve Borden | Tight End | Waxahachie, TX
Justin Day | Offensive Tackle | Aiken, SC
Nick Haynes | Offensive Line | Niceville, FL
Jacob Hyde | Offensive Line | Manchester, KY
Jaleel Hytchye | Cornerback | Cincinnati, OH
Blake McClain | Defensive Back | Winter Park, FL
Marcus McWilson | Safety | Youngstown, OH
Kyle Meadows | Offensive Line | West Chester, OH
Regie Meant | Defensive Tackle | Cape Coral, FL
Ramsey Meyers | Offensive Line | Orange Park, FL
Reese Phillips | Quarterback | Signal Mountain, TN
Ryan Timmons | Wide Receiver | Frankfort, KY
Za’Darius Smith | Defensive End | Greenville, AL
Nate Willis | Cornerback | Pahokee, FL

— Drew

 

9:15 a.m…Alvonte Bell officially joins Jimmy Brumbaugh’s DLine

ALVONTE BELL
Defensive End

6’6”, 228 lbs.
Miramar, FL

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 79
247: 86

Nick’s Breakdown:  Alvonte Bell will be joining Mark Stoops’ first class after choosing UK over Notre Dame, Louisville, and Clemson (among others) during the summer after one of Joker Phillips’ camps. The pass-rushing defensive end’s upside is even greater with the new staff. Bell runs an above average 40 yard dash time for a lineman (4.88) that allows him to close well on fleeting opponents. Sometimes Bell’s over-aggressiveness puts him in the wrong spot during the pass rush, but in high school athleticism corrected those mistakes. Coach Brumbaugh can easily correct those mistakes, along with his tendency to stand tall in a game that is fought low to the ground (I feel ya pain Alvonte). His development will be crucial to the defense’s success after the departure of Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith two years from now.

–Nick

 

9:11 a.m…. Jacob Hyde is your new favorite player.

If you thought Ryan Timmons or Jason Hatcher would be the fan favorite, think again.

— Nick

 

9:07 a.m…. Jacob Hyde, the Kentucky boy, is officially a Wildcat.

JACOB HYDE
Defensive Tackle

6’2”, 313 lbs.
Manchester, KY

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 77
247: 86

Nick’s Breakdown:  One of Kentucky’s own, Jacob Hyde comes to mind every time my lawyer-boss uses the term “built like a brick shit house”. The giant defensive tackle stuck out like a sore thumb on this year’s Clay County Football team. The hoss is not only a great physical specimen, but according to his coach, “he could sell a ketchup popsicle to a lady in white gloves.”  Now that I’m finished with ridiculous hyperbolic sayings, I can inform of you how ridiculous some of his ‘stats’ are. The defensive tackle maxed out his squat as a junior with 565 pounds. His coaching staff didn’t want him to push on further simply because it is unhealthy at such a young age, but Hyde decided to give it a try: at 680 pounds, he permanently bent the bar.

Hyde was the first commitment of the 2013 class, and was initially set to fill the role as noseguard in Rick Minter’s 3-4 defense. He may not perfectly fit into the defense any longer, but his mobility and discipline lead me to believe that he will have no problem adjusting. Hyde has been touted by scouts during combine events and his weightlifting stats speak for themselves. His big body is complemented by a big heart- the kid grew up watching Kentucky football and will do whatever it takes to succeed. “Most kids can’t say that they can live out their dream.”

— Drew

 

9:05 a.m…. Timmons is Turnt Up!

Lost in all the excitement from Timmons’ announcement yesterday, the “Turnt Up” banner behind him in the Franklin Co. gym.

TURNT UP!

— Drew

 

9:03 a.m….Ryan Timmons is a hero

RYAN TIMMONS
Wide Receiver

5’10”, 186 lbs.
Frankfort, KY

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 82
247: 90

Tyler’s Breakdown: Timmons was Neal Brown’s top priority from Day One on the job, and with good reason. In 2012, Timmons rushed for 1,260 yards, caught 29 balls for 970 yards, and scored 45 TDs at Division 5A Franklin County. According to ElevenWarriors.com, this is the 2nd year in a row that Timmons has led the nation in yards per touch (23.8 yards) and he also scored a TD every 2.3 times he touched the ball this season. Franklin County’s offense is nearly identical to Neal Brown’s, so that knowledge combined with Timmons’ speed and versatility means he could have an immediate impact at UK. Timmons is exactly the type of playmaker Brown has been looking for to get the Air Raid offense going.

— Nick

 

8:57 a.m…. Nick Haynes and Nate Willis, come on down!

NICK HAYNES
Offensive Guard

6’4″, 294 lbs.
Niceville, Florida

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 70
247: 81

Tyler’s Breakdown: Haynes, who chose the Cats over Central Florida and Florida Atlantic, is an offensive guard who used to play tight end and is known for his athleticism. Haynes has only been playing football for two years, but his size and potential drew interest from Florida State and UCLA. There’s talk that Haynes may redshirt his freshman season, but with the lack of depth on the offensive line right now, the staff may choose to bring him in right away. Neal Brown visited him a week ago and Haynes liked what he said so much that he took an official visit to Lexington this weekend.

NATE WILLIS
Cornerback (JUCO)

6’0”, 180 lbs.
Arizona Western C.C.

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 78
247: 89

Drew’s Breakdown:  With the departure of Martavius Neloms and Cartier Rice to graduation and Marcus Caffey’s early dismissal from the team, there are plenty of minutes to be earned at cornerback for Kentucky next season.  You can expect Nate Willis to be in the mix, and maybe at the head of the pack, when the depth chart is announced.  Hell, Willis will already have the most experience at corner when they put the pads on this spring.

The JUCO transfer committed before ever taking a visit to Kentucky, picking the Cats over West Virginia, Mississippi State, South Florida, Utah, Ole Miss, Kansas State, Baylor, Arizona State and many others.  He said he wants to be a “one and done” at Kentucky.

— Drew

 

8:53 a.m…. Jimmy Brumbaugh talks

A variety of coaches will be joining UK’s live blog throughout the day. Defensive End coach Jimmy Brumbaugh came on and gave some fantastic answers. Line coaches all have very similar hard-nosed personalities that are hands-down my favorite. When asked, “Do you prefer to recruit big strong guys, or quicker athletic guys?” His response, “In the SEC we have to have guys with both size and speed.” Why pick, when you could have both? (cough, Hatcher, cough cough)

–Nick

 

8:51 a.m…. Mark Stoops moves press conference to 3:20.

Stoops moved his press conference back 20 minutes from 3:00 to 3:20.  Jason Hatcher is set to announce at 3:00.

Coincidence???  I think not.

— Drew

 

8:48 a.m…. Vince Marrow questions former staff.

Marrow told Dick Gabriel, “I’m amazed the previous staff didn’t recruit Ohio.  We’re really going to hit Ohio hard.”

Let’s not talk about the past, please.  We already know it was bad.

Drew

 

8:41 a.m….Blake McClain becomes official

BLAKE MCLAIN
Defensive Back

5’11”, 181 lbs.
Winter Park, FLA

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 74
247: 80

Nick’s Breakdown:  An exceptional open-field tackler with great closing speed, McClain brings run support when needed. Primarily listed as a safety, McClain does well filing the role as “last man standing” in the back of the 4-3 defense. Even though McClain will most likely not bring his Quarterback Asiantii Woulard to Lexington, he does bring 3-Star talent to a position that is lacking in depth. McClain is one of 8 holdovers that remained committed to Kentucky after the departure of Joker Phillips, turning down offers primarily from Iowa State and Pittsburgh. In Florida High School Football, it’s all about the SEC. “I don’t have any friends playing at Kentucky, but all my friends in the SEC say every SEC school is good and that’s the place to play.” He may not see immediate playing time at safety, but with 4.5 speed and a nose for the ball he could be an asset to the special teams unit in the fall.

— Nick

 

8:37 a.m….. 10 signatures in.

Jeff Badet | Wide Receiver  | Orlando, FL
Steve Borden | Tight End | Waxahachie, TX
Justin Day | Offensive Tackle | Aiken, SC
Jaleel Hytchye | Cornerback | Cincinnati, OH
Marcus McWilson | Safety | Youngstown, OH
Kyle Meadows | Offensive Line | West Chester, OH
Regie Meant | Defensive Tackle | Cape Coral, FL
Ramsey Meyers | Offensive Line | Orange Park, FL
Reese Phillips | Quarterback | Signal Mountain, TN
Za’Darius Smith | Defensive End | Greenville, AL

— Drew

 

8:35 a.m…They’re getting fancy in the war room

Kentucky football consistently lacks flashiness (see Bon Jovi “It’s My Life”). They picked it up at the Stoops press conference and are continuing this morning.

— Nick

 

8:20 a.m… Justin Day and Regie Meant make No. 9 and 10.

JUSTIN DAY
Offensive Line

6’8”, 285 lbs.
Aiken, SC

Rivals: 5.5.
ESPN: 68
247: 79

Drew’s Breakdown:  Day made no secret of his excitement when he committed to Kentucky last summer.  He called it “the best day ever.”  Day went on about being eager to join the Wildcats following the time he spent in Lexington for camp.  He said he can see himself growing up to be a man in Lexington after spending time around the program, coaches (pre-Stoops) and players. His awareness of the Kentucky program was in part fueled by his stepdad, who was born in Bardstown and has always loved Kentucky.

As far as his actual football ability goes, Day made the move from the defensive line to the offensive line prior to his senior season, though he still played some on the defensive side.  He said he didn’t argue or make a big deal about the move, and he found he was somewhat of a natural at offensive tackle.  However, he’s still very raw at the position and will need experience and coaching to develop his technique.

REGIE MEANT
Defensive Tackle

6’5”, 265 lbs.
Cape Coral, FL

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

Nick’s Breakdown: Mark Stoops has been successful developing premiere defensive lineman, starting with a simple foundation of ‘bulking up’.  Adding a big brute in the middle like Regie Meant is exactly what Stoops is looking for. Meant can play on the outside, but his ability to clog the middle will keep him at DT during his time in Lexington. Meant is a run stuffer that reads his blockers very well for only having played organized football for the last 3 years. There have been many players in recent memory that were ‘full of potential’ but never could translate athleticism into execution on the field. Stoops and Jimmy Brumbaugh have the intangibles to this Padawan into a Jedi Knight before his 4 years are over.

— Drew

 

8:18 a.m… McWilson!!!!

Marcus McWilson is in!

MARCUS MCWILSON
Safety

6’0”, 195 lbs.
Youngstown, OH

Rivals: 5.8
ESPN: 78
247: 85

Drew’s Breakdown: McWilson is one of the stars of Mark Stoops’ first class at Kentucky and a guy we’ll be talking about for years to come.  He already has the build of an SEC safety and he’s only going to get better under Stoops’ staff.  He’ll need time to adjust to the speed and reads at the next level, but McWilson has the upside to be a force at safety.  Pursuit, range, speed, strength, tackling — the tools are all there to be great.  Just give him a little time to polish it all up and improve his pass coverage.

Originally a Nebraska commit, McWilson was flipped to Kentucky by Stoops and Vince Marrow, two fellow Cardinal Mooney alums.  He also had offers from Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia and many others.

— Drew

 

8:17 a.m… Nick is here.

This 8 AM thing is something I DO NOT want to get used to. Fingers are moving slow, but the fax machine is burning up right now; not time to slow down. ESPNU has done their best to provide us with Derek Dooley’s sweet soothing southern accent to keep us motivated throughout the morning.

— Nick

 

8:12 a.m…. Za’Darius Smith, Steve Borden and Reese Phillips signed early.

Just a reminder: JUCO transfers Za’Darius Smith and Steve Borden signed in December, and freshman quarterback Reese Phillips enrolled at UK early for the spring semester.

That means Kentucky currently has seven signees in its 2013 class.

— Drew

 

8:09 a.m…. Jeff Badet and Ramsey Meyers are also official.

JEFF BADET
Wide Receiver

6’0″, 162 lbs.
Orlando, Florida

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: 77
247: 86

Tyler’s Breakdown: Badet is a former South Florida commitment who chose Kentucky over Wake Forest and Iowa State. Despite his small stature, Badet is quick and elusive. He explodes off the line, can create a lot of space between him and his defender, and can change direction very easily. He’ll play in the slot in Neal Brown’s offense. In fact, Badet is already familiar with Neal Brown’s offense since his high school ran the spread, and he played every position in it from flanker, to slot, to wildcat quarterback.

Badet’s height and good hands give him an advantage in the red zone, as he can go up and make an acrobatic catch, something he proved over and over again at Freedom High School, where he was his quarterback’s favorite target. His 4.5 40 may not knock your socks off, but his lateral movement will. Badet is great at taking a five yard catch and turning it into a 50 yard touchdown. His speed, athleticism, and familiarity with the spread will not only make him a natural fit in the Air Raid offense, it will give him early opportunities to prove himself.

 

RAMSEY MEYERS
Offensive Line

6’3”, 290 lbs.
Orange Park, FL

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: 73
247: 83

Nick’s Breakdown: Ramsey Meyers enters Kentucky’s class with the goal of replacing a legendary hole on the offensive line after the departure Larry Warford and Matt Smith. If you look at Meyers’ highlight video, you’ll rest easy knowing that he is VERY capable of filling that spot. I caused an awkward moment or two in the library, giving out shouts of “PANQUEQUE!” after Meyers smothered an opponent. Meyers has the size and mobility needed to play guard, with the opportunity to push for a starting nod in fall camp. Offensive line coaches will yell, “Block TIL THE WHISTLE BLOWS” until they are black and blue in the face, but you rarely see a player consistently drive their man downfield until the play is over. For Meyers it is a constant, making a typically boring position to watch, entertaining.

— Drew

 

8:05 a.m…. UK confirms signatures from Jaleel Hytchye and Kyle Meadows. 

A little bit about them…

JALEEL HYTCHYE
Defensive Back

5’11”, 165 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH

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

Drew’s Breakdown: I don’t think there’s a Kentucky recruit who understands and has embraced Big Blue Nation like Jaleel Hytchye.  He’s active on Twitter, active in pursuing fellow recruits, and even got into it with an assistant football coach at Louisville after his decision was made to attend UK.  He gets it, as Coach Cal would say.

But it’s not just his attitude and love for UK that makes Jaleel Hytchye a favorite in the class; he’s also a hell of cornerback.  The Cincinnati product has excellent speed, footwork and quickness that’s needed to shut down receivers in man coverage.  He also has a knack for finding the ball in coverage, something I feel like we didn’t see enough of from Kentucky’s secondary last season.  I remember yelling “Turn around and play the ball!” at Kentucky’s corners far too many times, especially in the end zone.  Hytchye has the ability to locate and play the ball without losing a step.  He should get plenty of playing time as a true freshman.

 

KYLE MEADOWS
Offensive Line

6’5”, 270 lbs.
West Chester, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 79
247: 86

Nick’s Breakdown:  Kyle Meadows comes to Kentucky as one of the best offensive tackles in the nation, turning down Oklahoma, Louisville, and Florida State, to wear the blue and white. That sounds like good news, but that’s just the beginning. Meadows comes from Lakota West High School in the suburbs of Cincinnati. The Lakota High Schools look more impressive than most buildings on UK’s campus and pump out powerful players like John Conner annually. Opening that pipeline is significant, and comparable to Meadows’ physicality and upside as an offensive tackle. A somewhat raw talent that is still growing in size, Meadows saw assurance from the new coaching staff that they would be there to help his development for all 4 years of play.

— Drew

 

7:51 a.m…. Kentucky starts the day at No. 30 in the Rivals.com rankings.

The goal: Top 25

— Drew

 

7:47 a.m…. Rober Nkemdiche is going to Ole Miss.

The No. 1 recruit in America just announced that he will attend “the University of Ole Miss.”  That’s not a real place, but Hugh Freeze is gettin’ it done in Oxford.

Now back to UK…

— Drew

 

7:40 a.m…. Coach Stoops is already working hard.

— Drew

 

7:33 a.m….  Jaleel Hytchye says he sent his too.

Hytchye tweeted that he faxed his over too.

— Drew

 

7:31 a.m….  Jeff Badet sent his fax.

Jeff Badet tweeted that he has faxed over his signed Letter of Intent.

Waiting for confirmation that UK received it.

— Drew

 

7:10 a.m…. Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel on Stoops at UK and SEC dominance

While we wait for the first signed Letter of Intent to come through, why don’t you take a second to read this article from Dan Wetzel on Stoops’ nine-week mop-up at UK and the SEC’s dominance.

Wetzel writes:

“He didn’t need to see Lexington. He didn’t need to tour the facilities. He didn’t care that the program had lost at least five games every season since 1990, was just 110-160 overall and 9-85 against ranked teams.

Stoops believed in his own plan, believed in the people at UK and believed in one thing that increasingly carries incredible power on the recruiting trail — membership in the SEC.”

When’s the last time Yahoo! did a feature story on Kentucky football the night before National Signing Day???  I’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with never.

— Drew

 

6:30 a.m…. Good morning!

Good morning, Kentucky football fans and those of you joining us to talk trash in the comments section.  We’re up early at the KSR compound and ready to provide the best coverage of National Signing Day 2013 for Big Blue Nation.  It’s lining up to be a great day for Kentucky football as Mark Stoops receives the signed LOIs from his inaugural recruiting class at UK.  If things go as planned, Kentucky will have its best recruiting class ever — yes, EVER — and, hopefully, a top 25 ranking overall.  That’s not supposed to happen here.

Stoops has already done an amazing job in his 71 days on the job and, today, we’ll see the final product of all his hard work on the recruiting trail this winter.  Let’s hope for surprise additions, Jason Hatcher, and no last-minute de-commitments.

Stick with us throughout the morning as we update you as the news rolls in.  Nick and I will have the names and profiles of the signed players as soon as UK’s fax machine spits out their paperwork, along with other fodder and discussion about the new additions to Big Blue Nation.

It’s going to be a fun day, so sit back and enjoy it.  Tell your boss this is more important than whatever you should be doing.

Drew

(@DrewFranklinKSR)

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

119 Comments for National Signing Day 2013



  1. ukfaninwv
    6:34 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    STTTOOOOOOOOPPPPSSSS gettin’ ‘er done!!



  2. UKCats!
    6:40 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Lets keep it rolling!! Hoping Hatcher is a cat today. Go Cats!



  3. BigBluePhysics
    6:43 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Incredible time to be a UK football fan. Not to be greedy, but I really hope we make it to the top 25 recruiting class…..I work with a bunch of Tennessee and Vandy fans and I don’t want to hear their crap 😉

    Go Stoops!



  4. Reality
    6:57 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Come be a ZERO. As in the number of wins for you all next year.



  5. WildcatFanStuckInIowa
    7:01 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, it’s totally normal for a UK fan to wake up at 5:30am for signing day!!! #stoopeffect



  6. UKBlue1!
    7:04 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #3. I will take a true solid top 35 class. I just hope several of the signees aren’t non-qualifiers. We need help ASAP. As a season ticket holder, I witnessed a very slow undersized UK team play football last season.A couple of good recruiting classes will straighten the mess up. I am exited and pumped! Go Cats.



  7. buzzard
    7:05 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s going to be a great day for the Blue and White. Lets go Mr. Hacther, you know you want to be a Wildcat.

    STOOOOOOOOPS! GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  8. Ridge Runner
    7:05 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Where we have come from in such a short amount of time. Awesome.



  9. Travis
    7:06 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Timmons, Kemp, Smith and Bidet (or is it Ba-dey, Matt?) were huge recruits for Stoops’ and his staff who are killin’ it on the recruiting trail!

    Jason Hatcher: “So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance?”



  10. UKIT
    7:07 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Not slamming Stoops or UK – but damn – we were still ranked #14 out of 14 in the SEC on espn’s recruiting rankings yesterday (yes, counting Hatcher and Timmons). The SEC is ridiculous. Our coaches are going to have to earn their money coaching ’em up. I can’t imagine how pathetic today would be if Joker were still manning the ship. Wish Barnhart had pulled the trigger 1 year sooner, I think Stoops’ 2nd recruiting class will be eye popping. And hell, uofl is comming off a Sugar Bowl game, and for all I can tell, they only got 1, maybe 2 kids that we really wanted – and there is NO buzz comming out of them.



  11. Kaboom
    7:10 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    4) Good to see the trolls are up early this morning, hope mommy made you breakfast. Did she iron your Affliction tshirt and lay out your nicest flat bill cap for this occasion?



  12. thats budda
    7:15 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Good morning Drew! I’ve got my little Mississippi pony by my side and we are ready for some FOOTBALL. Haters can kiss my big blue ASS!!!!!!baby steps, baby steps, baby steps, walk walk,walk, run, run, run [email protected]#$, run. Get’er done STOOOOOOOPS



  13. MustangCat
    7:16 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if Stoops will leave 1 or 2 spots open for Hearns and the big kid from LSU? Waited for today for a long time! Like the last 3 years in particular. The last 40 years overall. Go Cats!!



  14. WildcatFanStuckInIowa
    7:19 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Reality,

    I completely understand that UK football has not been a contender in quite some time but what I don’t get are trolls, such as yourself, who spend their time coming to UK websites to inform us of this. Do you think UK fans possibly confuse their recent National Championship in Basketball for one in Football and you are just here to set the record straight? Maybe it’s that you see UK making strides in football and you need an outlet to convey your displeasure? Either way can I get a #6 with a Diet Coke, please and Thank You?!?!



  15. emlang08
    7:20 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Beautiful Win last night, Beautiful day this AM…….. Isn’t it great to be a UK fan????

    #weareUK, #BBN…….

    Let’s GO!!!!



  16. emlang08
    7:21 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #14 – Almost lost the coffee on the screen to your last request!!!!! LMAO!



  17. UKCats
    7:35 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Hatcher committed last night, ESPN scrolled it 1000 times during the UK game. where was everyone?



  18. Catlanta31
    7:38 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Joker you suck! I hate you and what you did to the football program. And took 2.5 million and laughed out of town. UK should sue your sorry ass for non-performance, you little bitch!



  19. UKBlue
    7:38 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    What is happening now at least so far at UK was always possible; we’ve just had the wrong people, plan & mind set running the program for years. We’ve just been hiring the wrong CEO’s to run our business for years.

    UL trolls: Your team is an NCAA phone call away from having to forfeit all your wins because of Hurtt; this isn’t going to end well for you. You just joined another dying conference that is just temporary using you before the good schools jump ship leaving you behind. You are now on the hook for a bunch of money to your coach, once again joined another dying conference, with a soon to be dwindling ACC TV contract. You guys are so screwed & you are too stupid & hard headed to see it.



  20. Jason
    7:47 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    @10

    While we’re still low in the SEC in terms of recruiting, the gap is closing considerably. We were recruiting worse than this under Brooks and we managed to win 7 and 8 games. What it’s going to come down to is if we can get to that next tier of athletes (what we’re doing this year), you can put the job then on the coaching staff to coach them up. We’ll never compete yearly with Bama and LSU but we can win 8-9 fairly regularly with this type of a class and the right coaches. South Carolina has been doing it. Mississippi State is doing it. Vanderbilt seems to be on the path of doing it. Why not us?



  21. Billy Crystal
    7:47 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    What Stoops is accomplishing at UK is “UNBELIEVABLE” :
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/hl-40036333/saturday_night_live_bowling_alley_season_10/



  22. UL Football
    7:47 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    We are going to be sick about that Charlie Strong contract in a couple years after Bridgewater leaves. Without Teddy, UL is below .500. Fools!!



  23. Bobbum man
    7:58 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Will everyone shut up about “we’re still last in the SEC though” some fans never will be happy…. We coulda got crazy name #1 recruit guy and you’ll still whine. It’s his first year and hasn’t even had a full year to recruit and he’s near a top 25 class…. Baby steps people, baby steps



  24. Wildcatfan812
    7:58 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    What time does the fun begin?



  25. Scotty B
    7:59 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Is Nick really there?



  26. Dave
    7:59 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m Stoopified!



  27. Kaptain Kat!
    7:59 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Who says you can’t recruit in the SEC against the “Big Boys”? Ole Miss finished where last year (7-6) and just landed the #1 recruit in the nation and maybe by the end of the day the #1 class.



  28. Scotty B
    8:01 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    UK War Room video is up!!



  29. Jezz
    8:02 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops might even flip Willie Cauley-Stein.



  30. Johnny Blue
    8:02 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why does that Rivals screen shot only show us with 2, 4-star players. KSR reported yesterday that we had 7 of them?



  31. Brink
    8:02 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    28 link?



  32. Travis
    8:04 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Every time a new recruit signs in football, we need to play a fax machine noise similar to when Shannon the Dude plays Conway Twitty for a cbball recruit. #BomBomBommm



  33. BHoward
    8:05 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I thought you guys didn’t care about football? That’s all I have heard from so many UK fans. Now you seem interested??? Maybe you shouldn’t be such bandwagon fans. I hear you crack on other schools for doing that and that’s exactly what you have been doing. With Stoops, I guess you care now…(unless the losses roll in again).



  34. Bobbum man
    8:06 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    30- they said we had 7 guys rated a 4 star by atleast one of the major recruiting places… They’re all different



  35. bloobloodcat
    8:06 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why are my comments awaiting moderation?!?! STOOOOOOOPS!



  36. Bobbum man
    8:07 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Lol at some UL fan on a UK site at 8am on national signing day…. #littleBrotherProblems



  37. Brink
    8:10 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    33 you are an idiot. The only reason attendance was down last year was because fans were making a statement. Look at any other year. UK football fans have suffered through manybmany horrible seasons and keep.showing up. Unlike ul fans who don’t even show up for a team that has the possibility of going undefeated.



  38. Eric K
    8:11 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    It’s Feburay 6th an the excitment about football is the highest I’ve seen in 35 years! IN STOOPS WE TRUST!! GO CATS!!



  39. Roland
    8:12 am February 6, 2013 Permalink


  40. Josh
    8:12 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Matt Jones is probably still getting his beauty sleep while drew and Nick are running his site. #DrewSportsRadio



  41. JPL
    8:15 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Blog post on Ramsey Meyers is the same as the one for Kyle Meadows. Not good.



  42. Ramsey Meyers
    8:15 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    When did I become Kyle Meadows? Change my paragraph please



  43. stillHere
    8:16 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Speaking of recruits I hear Billy Gillespie got a commitment from this kid: http://youtu.be/qmMbm78sEB4



  44. emlang08
    8:16 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    #33 – I endured every single minute of every game last season, its what we do!!



  45. Bobbum man
    8:17 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ok so I hate to be the guy with a “source” but I got a friend in Louisville usually pretty reliable with this stuff but tells me to just wait apparently so
    Something is going to really suprise all the UL fans out there( he’s a huge UK fan) refused to tell me what though and obviously already knows about hatcher…. Maybe aJames Quick flip with Hatcher????
    Stoooooooooooooooooooops



  46. Bobbum man
    8:20 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    On a unrelated note… How would one do Touchdown goggles?



  47. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:20 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I can picture it now:

    -Game day under the lights, the place is electric!
    -All of the sudden, the UK logo pulsates on the scoreboard, with the sound of a heartbeat in the background.
    -The screen goes black, as you hear the sound of a flatline.
    -then…the sirens… The place goes!
    -“Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome your 2013 Kentucky Wildcats!!”
    -“Heroes” by David Bowie plays as the players come out on to the field. All-the-while, the fans giving the team and Coaches a standing ovation.



  48. Ummm
    8:22 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Any reason why Kyle Meadows’s description is repeated under Ramsey Myers’s picture/name?



  49. Bobbum man
    8:24 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Either McWilsons height is a typo or we got the biggest safety in the history of football



  50. Travis
    8:24 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    McWilson is 6’9″?!?! Good GAWD!!! Go CATS



  51. Jimmer270
    8:25 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    17 – I know what you are saying, but Hatcher hasn’t said anything publicly about it regardless of what sites are already reporting it.

    You are talking about a recruit who Lane Kiffin isn’t going to give up on. I’m sure both Kiffin and ED O were talkign to him last even last night.



  52. notv
    8:27 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Up to #40 class ranking on ESPN



  53. Beverly
    8:27 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m so giddy right now!! LOVE THIS!



  54. Drew Franklin
    8:29 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    41, 42, and 50 — Thanks for correcting us. We’re trying to work fast. #NotPerfect



  55. Steve Rogers
    8:29 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Why all the excitement. We are still dead last in the SEC recuiting



  56. mark
    8:33 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    55-I know a Steve Rogers, he’s a douche. Is that you? Must be the name.



  57. Please?
    8:36 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Please maybe also post these kids Twitter names as well so we can follow them and congratulate them on Twitter?!?!



  58. Jimmer270
    8:42 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    55 – Actually both Arkansas and Missouri are behind us in recruiting rankings, which are two programs you definitely wouldn’t expect us to normally beat. Also, there is a big difference from a competitive standpoint between having a class that is just outside the Top 25 and 50th-60th.

    This is lining up to be the best recruiting class both national ranking and talent wise in UK history. Assuming there are no eligibility issues or surprising decommitments today, Stoops has hit a grand slam in his first class.



  59. Stickman
    8:42 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    33.BHoward Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 8:05 am
    “I thought you guys didn’t care about football? That’s all I have heard from so many UK fans. Now you seem interested??? Maybe you shouldn’t be such bandwagon fans. I hear you crack on other schools for doing that and that’s exactly what you have been doing. With Stoops, I guess you care now…(unless the losses roll in again).”

    Getting behind a new coach is not being a bandwagon fan. When you stop supporting a losing coach (Joker)and stay away till a new more effective staff is brought in, thats not bandwagon, that’s smart.



  60. Brink
    8:43 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    55 if you are too stupid to know the difference, or why people are excited then there is no help for you.



  61. Hunter1249
    8:45 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Sam on ESPNU…..my gawd. Erin Andrews who?



  62. Stickman
    8:47 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    57.Please? Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 8:36 am
    “Please maybe also post these kids Twitter names as well so we can follow them and congratulate them on Twitter?!?!”

    Please no. That’s creepy. They’re 18 year old boys.



  63. Rockfield, KY
    8:48 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    right now we are #29 on Rivals



  64. Trublupopeye
    8:51 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    OK let’s all agree no negativity today. To all the folks who say yes but were still last in the SEC just shut up. It’s the SEC being last there is still top 20 to 30. The staff has done an amazing job in a short short time. Stoops Troops mobilizing the army!!!!



  65. Steve Rogers
    8:52 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Mark who are you. You are the douche. Brink I know the difference you don’t.



  66. hardin long
    8:54 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    didn’t joker have a top 25 class a couple of years ago?



  67. Wall2Cousins
    8:55 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    although i love Kentucky basketball…watching you all get all giddy over football is hilarious. The bandwaggon and cheers for reaching as lil exposure for having the 40th rank in anything is a celebration of mediocrity?



  68. BGF
    8:57 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m surprised it has taken a staff at UK to realize that Ohio produces a lot of quality football players, AND is not that far away!



  69. Travis
    9:03 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks, swarthy fellow! Haha…it’s all good. I saw the height and was like, “f*ckin’ a…he will dominate and might be the only DB in the nation who could play WCS man defense.” Love the football coverage!



  70. Bobbum man
    9:06 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    “Didnt Joker have a top 25 class a couple of years ago?” Now that’s funny right there I don’t care who you are



  71. Bobbum man
    9:08 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    69- good job takin the credit Travis, we won’t mention someone posted it before you… U have ur KSR moment



  72. Brink
    9:12 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    65 well I know the difference between getting kids that Florida and USC and other top teams wanted vs beating out middle tn state. And your still a douche.



  73. mark
    9:13 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    55- Instead of always focusing on the negative, why don’t you look at what Stoops and his staff have done in 2 months. Kentucky was ranked 76th in the nation pre Stoopds. They could possibly finish with a top 20 ranked class. Thus closing our gap substantially on the Bama’s of the world in a mere two months. This being done, for now, with inferior facilities and no ties to recruiting anywhere. Taking this into consideration, one could argue Stoops first recruiting class is as impressive as Cal’s first. And if you can’t find a positive in that, you are the douche.



  74. UKfanNKY
    9:15 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Stoops getting it done!!! All you haters such as #4 just what he say’s are nothing but zero’s!! Thanks #37 for setting them straight!!! BBN RULES…………GO CATS!!!



  75. Travis
    9:16 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I am not taking credit, nor do I give a f*ck about it. I am just posting on the recruiting thread, sir.

    Do you ever think more than one person posts the same thing or similar topics on KSR?



  76. Travis
    9:17 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!



  77. G-Unit
    9:21 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    2 and 3

    We will crack the top 25



  78. Steve Rogers
    9:22 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I am very happy for the football fans. But mark and brink you are the douche bags of all douche bags. If you know a Steve Rogers then you are a very lucky person



  79. Han
    9:22 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    You left Haynes out of the newest list. There’re 16.



  80. mark
    9:24 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    78-Solid argument.



  81. nick
    9:27 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    G-Unit u hearing of any surprises today



  82. Teresa
    9:27 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I’m already loving J. Hyde after seeing that picture! Can’t wait until Spring Game!!



  83. Jerry Tipton
    9:29 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I may have to investigate that lawn mower.



  84. G-Unit
    9:30 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Main guy to watch is at 1:30 on ESPN… Keith Bryant- 4 star DT…. said he is gonna “shock the world”



  85. JWill
    9:30 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I love signing day. With the explosion of social media, it has become more and more exciting for those of us who are way too plugged in. Hope all my fellow citizens of BBN are enjoying this day as much as I am!

    C A T S – cats cats CATS!



  86. Han
    9:32 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    84) Yup, but we should assume he’s going to the most likely place. People have pointed out these high schoolers often say “Shock the world” and then do the expected thing.

    Would be a huge get, though.



  87. Courtney
    9:35 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Who ever thought UK football would be ranked #29 according to our Recruiting Class? Not this Girl that’s for sure! I never dreamed we would possibly have a team here; can’t wait to see what these guys can do once they get together!



  88. Rob B
    9:35 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    85. Well said JWill it’s nice to have things to get excited about. I update religiously. Wat a wonderful world we live in. Proud to be a wildcat today and everyday.



  89. ChicagoCat
    9:36 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, was there a basketball game yesterday? I totally forgot! STOOOPSS!



  90. Stickman
    9:36 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    82.Teresa Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 9:27 am
    I’m already loving J. Hyde after seeing that picture! Can’t wait until Spring Game!!

    I’m excited for spring game too, but most of the guys signing today won’t be there. They’ll be finishing their senior year of high school. Just pointing that out in as non-douche a way as possible, lest I suffer the wrath of Steve Rogers, who I’m lucky to know…



  91. BCOJONCHARLES
    9:38 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    What the hell is goin on at Ole Miss?!?!



  92. JWill
    9:40 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Someone needs to tell the guys on ESPNU that some of the producer’s and director’s chatter is bleeding through into the on-air audio. Funny.



  93. John W.
    9:40 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    So excited for Kentucky Football. I can’t believe I’m glued to KSR and ESPN on a National Signing Day that is not basketball. Anyone seeing what Ole Miss is bringing in. Hugh Freeze and Mark Stoops are ready to shake up the SEC. GBB! #Relevance

  94. 83, lol!
    The only thing missing from riding in on a lawn mower is he shoulda dressed like a redneck, like maybe the Duck Dynasty guys.



  95. Bobbum man
    9:42 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    James quick will be a cat…. U heard it here first



  96. Real talk
    9:42 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Ole miss be cheatin. #1 wr #1 de #1 ot



  97. tbradg
    9:43 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Love it that Stoops and Marrow are “boys” (from the video)…that’s a dynamic duo that will get some things done over the years to come.



  98. Stickman
    9:44 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    91.BCOJONCHARLES Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 9:38 am
    What the hell is goin on at Ole Miss?!?!

    This; $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$



  99. BCO
    9:44 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    We get our best class ever and espn still has us as the last place in the SEC. Dang man…

    Meanwhile, fellow bottom dweller Ole Miss is putting together the best class in the SEC. Wtf is going on in Oxford?



  100. Big Blue Hacker
    9:47 am February 6, 2013 Permalink
  101. Boy, Rivals has us 13 in the SEC (ahead of Mizzou), yet we’re 30 nationally. This conference only seems to get tougher every day!

  102. 99, didn’t mean to be redundant. I just read your post. Again, SEC is nails. I don’t care what UL fans say…I give them props for pounding Florida, but they know there’s no way they were in near as tough a conference as us.



  103. Rixter
    9:52 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    According to Rivals, this is the first time we’ve out-recruited our in-state rival since 2009, and we beat them pretty badly this year… hope Charlie Strong eats his words SOON: (oddly enough, this is Louisville’s lowest ranked class since Kragthorpe)

    ………UK…..UL
    2013…..30…..55
    2012…..62…..42
    2011…..61…..29
    2010…..50…..48



  104. ChicagoCat
    9:52 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    99 – I pay much less attention to ESPN’s rankings than Rivals or Scout. I get the impression ESPN doesn’t do as much due diligence and doesn’t update as often as the other two. Rivals has us ranked ahead of Mizzou and Arkansas, I believe. Should only get better later on today.



  105. Whats going on with
    9:54 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Jojo Kemp?



  106. Stickman
    9:55 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    99.BCO Says:
    February 6th, 2013 at 9:44 am
    “We get our best class ever and espn still has us as the last place in the SEC. Dang man…

    Meanwhile, fellow bottom dweller Ole Miss is putting together the best class in the SEC. Wtf is going on in Oxford?”

    Again, it’s $$$$$$$$$$$$

    And I’d go by what Rivals, 247 and Scout say before I’d spend a lot of time looking at ESPN’s rankings. I think Rivals has us fluctuating between 29 and 30 as the LOIs come in, and the other two have us in the 40s.



  107. G-Unit
    9:55 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    IF UK could land Jason Hatcher, Keith Bryant, and Tevin Lawson—->which is strong possibility, just gotta convince mom

    That would make us gain 180 points – that would land us 20th, and we would bypass Tenn and Miss St.

  108. Scout has us at 48 right now. Aren’t they part of ESPN?

  109. Ah, never mind. I see that Scout is part of Fox Sports (I THINK they were part of ESPN previously).



  110. G-Unit
    9:59 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    RIVALS is the BEST recruiting site…. ESPN is horrible, Scout is a tad better than ESPN, but Rivals has better evaluators



  111. BradinMississippi
    10:00 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    I feel like I woke up in a parallel universe. It’s 9:00am on February 6th and I’m watching a live stream from the Kentucky FOOTBALL war room and following a live blog about FOOTBALL. What has happened??? STOOOOPPPPPSSS



  112. Just saying
    10:00 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Rumors are flying hatcher only decommitted from USC and committed to UK because he convinced Quick to come with him



  113. Big Board
    10:01 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops’ big board only had 22 numbers on it, so not expecting any surprises (other than Hatcher who really isn’t a surprise anymore).



  114. Rixter
    10:07 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    @112, regardless… that pipeline into Trinity is now OPEN!



  115. Charlie Strong
    10:14 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Please forgive me when I made the statement that UK would never beat little brother again while I was coach. I got caught up in the moment and know realize that without my teddy ear we are a .500 team at best, plus who knew that the NCAA was going to scare Hurt from buying us anymore players this year. I’m sincerely sorry and Go Big Blue. p.s. Please don’t tell Tommie
    I wrote this.
    sincerley,
    Charlie



  116. MustangCat
    10:15 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Fitting that the sun is shining beautifully on us in Kentucky today! We have a top 25 class when they all come in, and I still believe we can get in the top 20!! Can’t wait till football season, so we can see what an 8 win season and a full year of recruiting will get us! Well be a top 10 class next year. Well see “Kentucky” on that big board on ESPN a lot next year! We have one talented class this year! I think the steal of the class may well end up being Mr. Hyde. Talk about names in this class?! We’ve got a Big Blue, a Jo Jo, a Turnt Up, one “Meant” to be a Cat, an “M&M’s”, a Meadows, an “all Day-ER”, a Smitty, and hopefully a down the Hatch-er”! A “lightening Quick” would fit right in there! Hey, we can dream! Stoops has given that back to us.



  117. Charlie Strong
    10:17 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    What time does Quick plan to sign? I’m starting to dream of a package deal, could that big the big signing day surprise?



  118. bobedthom
    10:24 am February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Not to draw ANY comparisons…….But doesn’t Blake McClain look alot like COBB. I didn’t check the eyes, but if he has half the Cobb Effect….SCARY.



  119. Steve Rogers
    2:30 pm February 6, 2013 Permalink

    Stickman how do we know each other