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!