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Recruit’s Mother Forges LOI

He get it from his mama.

He get it from his mama.

He get it from his mama

Each year, the football recruiting world goes haywire on National Signing Day. The craziness hit a new level this year, as I’m sure many of you have heard, when 4-star cornerback Floyd Raven’s mother forged his signature on a National Letter of Intent to attend Ole Miss. Raven’s true intentions lie at Texas A&M, where he will attend next year now that this forgery business has been taken care. Maybe she thought she should have the last say in his recruitment, considering that he stole her hairstyle and extensions. I would like to say this is punishment enough for Ole Miss beating us last night, but until a public shaving of Chris Warren’s beard occurs in downtown Lexington, we still owe them one. The Rebel’s athletic director, Pete Boone, commented on the ridiculousness, terming it a “soft signature.” Until now, the only soft signature I had ever heard of was the one Pitino signed the check with when he closed up shop at Porcini’s.

Time and time again, parents play a major role in the recruitment of these young athletes. Whether the kid wants to stay close to his family at home or mom and dad just can’t seem to let him go, teenage stars are forced to find a way to cope with the many directions they find themselves pulled.

We have seen plenty parents of players in the headlines in recent history:

– The Cam Newton debacle shed some light on the shady underbelly of NCAA football, as his father solicited him to SEC universities.

– Last year, we saw the softer side of family ties when Terrence Jones struggled with his decision to leave friends and family behind on the West Coast in order to enter the beloved Bluegrass.

– If we travel further back, we recall that Peyton Siva‘s dad forced him to sign with Louisville after trying on a Card jersey and realizing how magnificent he looked in it.

– Xavier Henry‘s parents came to a split decision on where he would attend once Cal took the helm at UK.

– Alex Legion‘s mother took blame for his leaving Kentucky after her brush with the oracle.

– This trend continues into the professional level as well; LeBron James‘ mother, Gloria, recruited Delonte West to Cleveland for ‘personal reasons’ (hope that isn’t herpes on your lip there, Delonte, for your’s and the James’ family sake).

– And there’s always the classic tale of Jesus Shuttlesworth‘s struggles with his father Jake’s desires to get him to Big State, chronicled in Spike Lee’s  film He Got Game.

This pandemic will never end, considering most teenagers struggle to decide how many O’s they need to put in legggooooooo. Parents have a say, and with very good reason. These guys (and gals) are young and inexperienced as far as the real world goes. The parents raised the kids. They put in the time, effort, and money (unless they are Jake Shuttlesworth) to place them in a position to succeed so as long as they continue working hard.

But, sometimes, and rightfully so in Raven’s case, the athletes will be left realizing:


Article written by Chris Thomas

28 Comments for Recruit’s Mother Forges LOI

  1. SexnNursinHomes
    9:39 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    So is that a photo of the recruit or his momma? She has that “talk to the hand” kinda look.

  2. Nix112
    9:53 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    A whole post just to setup a Fresh Prince joke? Bravo good sir, bravo.

  3. BBN
    9:54 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink


    #30 – University of Louisville

    Unranked – University of Kentucky

  4. Stickman
    10:11 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve looked and I don’t see any announcements about the huge surprise we were supposed to get. Fill me in.

  5. shadowboxer
    10:22 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Uh, she forged his signature? I am assuming this momma pimp will be charged with a crime, right? She certainly should be.

  6. C Note
    10:24 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Free UK football recruiting!!!

  7. uk7
    10:36 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    i wish someone would have forged joker’s name on his contract. now that would be the best surprise this year. the big surprise this year is that joker now realizes that randall cobb should have had more touches last year and opposing teams are going to run the ball 95% of the time against us. but joker is still going to stick with his offensive game plan, if something is working, stop it and save it for later when we are down 2 or 3 touchdowns.

  8. mattyice33
    10:41 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    does anyone know that uk for sure got daryl collins? bcuz espn has him shown as signed with Alabama

  9. Cal'sManRack
    10:45 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    The KING of the NIT – Anyone want to guess what happened after the 04-05 season? Thats right – the power players left CUSA ans WWW started handing him NBA players.

    2000—01 Memphis 21—15 10—6 2nd (National) NIT Third Place
    2001—02 Memphis 27—9 12—4 1st (National) NIT Champions
    2002—03 Memphis 23—7 13—3 1st (National) NCAA 1st Round
    2003—04 Memphis 22—8 12—4 T-1st NCAA 2nd Round
    2004—05 Memphis 22—16 9—7 T-6th NIT Semifinals

  10. David Taylor
    10:46 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I am also reminded of the kid a few years ago who wanted to come to Kentucky and play for Tubby, and his mom made him go to Missouri. Anyone else remember this. He was a forward I believe.

  11. SexnNursinHomes
    10:48 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    10- yeah and the U.S was behind 9-11. we never landed on the moon, and jfk was killed by monkey assassins. blah blah blah. Pitino has 8 violations when he was cheating for hawaii and cheating on his wife aborting hawaiian babies. true story

  12. David Taylor
    10:48 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I am also reminded of the kid a few years ago who wanted to come to Kentucky and play for Tubby, and his mom made him go to Missouri. Anyone else remember this. He was a forward I believe. Criswell maybe?

  13. Shootin' Blanks
    10:48 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    So the big surprise was a 3* recruit? Wait I forgot, this is KY

  14. SexnNursinHomes
    10:48 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    11- leo criswell. but his momma made him change his name

  15. bleedblue
    10:49 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    10) Thanks for the irrelevant stats.

  16. UKBlue22
    10:51 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN just scrolled the top 25 football classes across the bottom of the screen. Anyone know what our ESPN ranking is. The Tards are #21

  17. blueblue
    10:53 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Aren’t most of these highschool recruits under age?? Is it not true that a minor cannot enter into a legal binding contract?? How can the NCAA enforce these LOI unless the parents are involved??

  18. Pitino'sLackofEndurance
    10:54 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    10 – Troll much? Shouldn’t you be mugging someone? How about attending your meth lab in da ville?

  19. Cal'sManRack
    10:58 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Who is fatter, Cal or that fat guido that sits there and sweats on the bench?

  20. Don
    10:59 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Brooks brought in higher ranked classes.

    Did anyone notice we weren’t even mentioned in the top 50 classes?

    Winner, with name recognition along with strong demographic familiarity = Strong.

    Loser who was promised a job from old fart who is best known for craft screen plays = Joker.

  21. BPsycho
    11:09 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    #20 Yo Momma, she be sweatin cheese son.

    Da ***** starts dancin and aybody breaks out Tostitos!

  22. GoCats2010
    11:14 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    You know there are a lot of trolls on here when you keep complaining about a football class and comparing it to UofL. It’s the middle of bball season and this is UK. I love our football team, but not so much in Feb

  23. secretagent0014
    11:58 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    lot of trolls… short green, smelly, hairy, ugly trolls.

  24. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    12:28 am February 3, 2011 Permalink

    Pitino signs at least 3 soft signatures a day in his Armani slacks.

  25. test
    6:24 am February 3, 2011 Permalink


  26. BlueDNA
    8:44 am February 3, 2011 Permalink

    Loserville trolls finally have something to talk about after four years of UK football dominance, but football recruiting rankings do not equate to on the field performance. Yule of El loses to the Cats again this Fall in Commonwealth for five in a row. Pansy Cat “fans” need to stop panicking over one recruiting class. Tons of four and five star recruits for both the red and blue have been busts over the years and our best players have often been unheralded recruits. So chill, UL is still Little Brother, even in football.

  27. uk7
    11:02 am February 3, 2011 Permalink

    @27, sure am glag coach cal has the gambling spirit to take chances on those 4 and 5 star busts like wall, cousins, bledsoe, knight, jones, lamb, teague, gilchrist, davis, wiltjer, etc. yeah, nick saban, chizik, urban meyer (before retirement), les miles, jim tressel, mac brown, pete carrol, mark richt all these coaches have had terrible success with 4 and 5 star recruits. getting the top recruits is 75% of the game. being a competive program in the sec doesnt go through loserville, and they did out recruit us this year. so your stance that uk doesnt need to worry about other programs reeling in 4 and 5 star recruits is just plain retarded b/c ul is our little brother. who under petrino whipped our a$$ regularly.