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Numbers Game


Soon we will be starting our “Recruiting Outlook” by position here on KSR and thought it was a good idea to take a snap shot of UK’s current roster heading into the 2011 season. Currently UK’s scholarship roster breaks down like this….

Seniors (17), Juniors (13), Sophomores (17), Red-Freshmen (11), Freshmen (23)

Now, we expect about 10-12 of the true freshmen to see action this fall, but the staff prefers to redshirt as many as possible. Based on the numbers above, UK is projected to use 81 of the NCAA permitted 85 scholarships for the 2011 season.

The numbers above do not include James Elliott (OL), Josh Forrest (ATH) or Bubba Tandy (WR). While Elliott is on campus this summer, the plan has been for him to grayshirt and enroll again in January. Josh Forrest recently took his ACT again, but has not gained eligibility. He is close. Bubba Tandy announced he will go the Juco route. Therefore, the scholarship number could rise to 83 this fall.

In projecting UK’s 2012 recruiting class, the staff will sign at least 19 players in February. Personally, I think UK will sign a few extra as attrition appears to be inevitable. Recently, both Nermin Delic and Brice Laughlin left the program. At the end of last season, both Ryan Mossakowski and Donald Russell left. Attrition is part of football. It’s going to happen. Players leave for various reasons.

The SEC recently ruled teams are not allowed to sign more than 25 players per recruiting class. Could UK sign a full recruiting class in February? Absolutely. If they do, it will be because the staff feels there will be more attrition. I look for the staff to sign about 22 players. As of today, 19 scholarships will be available in February. I look for the staff to sign a couple of extra players based on turnover history. If they go overboard, they will likely have to pay it forward. Meaning, if they over commit themselves on scholarships, players will have to grayshirt and enroll in January of 2013 and count towards the next class based on the new rules.

One things I have learned….the numbers always work out!

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Article written by Aaron Cordero

8 Comments for Numbers Game

  1. Delk4three00
    11:44 am June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Can you give more info on Bubba Tandy? When do they expect him to be at UK, I at all?

  2. Aaron Cordero
    11:57 am June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Tandy is headed to Juco. He will be there two years and then we’ll see. I am sure he will end up at UK assuming he qualifies.

  3. Tom Edelen
    12:13 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    What about any transfers? I had heard rumors in the past that Jordan Whiting, former LB from Trinity, was considering transferring to UK from Ohio State.

  4. Tobias Funke
    12:30 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Really excited Aaron is part of this site now. His football insight and inside info is the best I’ve seen around UK. Don’t take this as a slight, Aaron, but your writing skills are a little lacking and it would behoove you to have another writer for this site proof your posts so they flow better and aren’t as repetitive. Beisner and a couple others (Lentz comes to mind) are top notch writer’s (as far as sports blogs…I’m not expecting Thoreau or Twain). GREAT content, look forward to seeing your posts get more frequent in the coming months.

    Quickly: How is EJ Fields coming along? hopefully cracking top 4 in the depth chart?

  5. Powerlifter165
    12:45 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    #3 If Joker is smart he would have a recruiter all over the OSU campus looking for transfers.

  6. chiddercheddar
    2:24 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    4.) Good Lord man. Is that really necessary?

  7. UKFan14
    10:16 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    Good to have you here Aaron!! I like your “to the point” style. Keep the info coming.

  8. Football Man
    10:42 pm June 21, 2011 Permalink

    I agree totally on Jumping on OSU Transfers!