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The Future Starts Now: Signing Day Running Diary

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We will continue to update this post today as Kentucky receives signed letters of intent from the players that will make up the 2011 class – the first of the Joker Phillips head coaching era.  There are a handful of announcement ceremonies scheduled, with Boyle County’s Lamar Dawson’s being the most notable, and we’ll keep you abreast of what happens and where you can watch them when available. 

8:00 Let’s do this!  Cats got another commitment last night in the form of Alcoa (Tenn.) defensive lineman Darrell Warren.  He is unranked by Rivals and switched his verbal from UT-Chattanooga.  That’s right, I said Alcoa.  The Cats have also received a verbal from three-star offensive lineman James Elliott, a teammate of commit Demarius Rancifer.

8:15  Things seem a little grim on the Lamar Dawson front right now.  A lot of people are saying it looks like he’s headed to Tennessee, including Larry “Cats are 4-1 favorites” Vaught.  Even Mary Jo Perino says she’s being told he’ll pick USC.  I could really go for a “I saw him in a UK hoodie last night” rumor right now….

8:25  The Cats have received LOIs from Farrington Huguenin, Ashely Lowery, Nile Daniel and Darrian Miller

8:37  Vaught joins the “Dawson to USC” camp.

8:40  Eric Dixon’s letter is in.  He was voted All-State First Team in Alabama as a senior.  Sadly, he did not have a guess on Dawson.

8:46  The table at Lamar Dawson’s press conference has only UT and UK hats.  He’s either pulling a USC hat out of nowhere or he just threw the local media a curveball that would impress Barry Zito of three years ago.

8:49  The camera just zoomed out to reveal Oregon and USC too.  I bet someone has a Lids Passport card.

9:02 UK receives letters from Demarco Robinson, Josh Clemons and DJ Warren. Robinson, who broke Georgia’s high school receiving yards record last season, and Clemons, voted as Georgia’s 4A Offensive Player of the Year,  should add speed to the offense. DJ Warren will likely just have copyright issues with this guy.

9:10 Dawson picks USC. I would like to start a motion to change February 2nd back from Lamar Dawson Day to Groundhog Day.  If you’re emotionally fragile, cover your eyes:

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9:30  Just poured a glass of orange juice.  Time to get re-charged for the second rush.  You should do the same.  Just a reminder:  Jon Davis announces at 1:30pm.

9:50  If you missed it, here is Dawson’s announcement.  Here is the collective reaction of the UK fanbase (for Fake Gimel).

10:08  Another player is on the board:  Zach West of Lexington Christian, one of the highest profile names in the class, is now signed.  He becomes the first co-worker of Drew Franklin to accept a Division I scholarship and the first Cat to sign while on a mission trip in Costa Rica.  Tim Masthay would be very proud.  A very nice piece to have up front (that’s what she said).

10:14  UK just received a signed LOI from defensive end David Washington, another Georgia All-State first-teamer.  He is one of the players being said to potentially be “special”.  His mother thinks he already is.

10:25  Rumors now stirring that Darryl Collins will switch his verbal to UK at a 2pm press conference.  It was reported earlier this week that Collins had re-committed to the Tide, but he could be joining his primary recruiter, Tee Martin, in picking the Cats over Nick Saban’s program.

10:30  Great news for UK bloggers everywhere:  Theltus “Bookie” Cobbins is now officially signed.  He is the nation’s 26th-ranked dual threat quarterback and played only four games as a senior due to injury.  Three-star rating, five-star name.

10:38  The crown jewel is in:  UK just received All-American safety Glenn Faulkner’s LOI, who can play both safety positions and potentially becomes a kinder “F” word ahead of “Winston Guy”. 

10:44  Tee Martin just said UK’s motto for the spring is “Faceless and Nameless…Just Do Work.”   I like it, but I don’t know how they’re going to fit it all on the back of mesh shorts.

10:48  Feel the air getting sucked out of the room?  It’s Demling.  He’s saying he’s heard Jon Davis is headed to Illinois.

10:49  Cats announce signing of Rashad Cunningham.  He’s a 6’4 receiver who received some bigger late offers after (I’m not making this up) his play improved after getting contact lenses.  The countdown until Matt calls him “Ahmad Rashad Cunningham” starts now.

11:00  Energy is fading fast.  LOI from three-star running back Marcus Caffey is in.  Yet another Georgia kid.  Martin said he coached against him two years ago and knew he was a big time star.  Called him one of the top two backs in Georgia this year. 

11:01  Nine spots remaining as DJ Warren is not listed on UK’s official list but was announced by Tweet Martin.

11:12  Tweet Martin just announced that there will be a “huge announcement” coming soon regarding UK’s Signing Day.  It’s a Lamar Dawson Day miracle!

11:15  Defensive end and Tennessee “Dream Team” member Christian Coleman is officially on board.  He’s 6’4 and weighs 255 pounds, but doesn’t necessarily qualify as “huge”, right Coach Martin?  The suspense is killing me!

11:20  UK assistant Randy Sanders says that he is “a little disappointed in the timing of Ryan’s (Mossakowksi) decision” when asked about where Max Smith is at this point.  Says that the timing of Mossakowski’s transfer makes Smith’s grayshirt huge and they are pleased with him.

11:24  This diary is nice, but it’s not Alabama’s “Fax Cam”, which includes special “helpers”.  Those poor girls will do anything for their national championship rings.  Take a look:

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11:27  Speaking of “things that make you walk funny”, Shaq Love just sent his LOI to the Cats.  The defensive lineman is another three-star talent and five-star name.

11:43  UK confirms DJ Warren’s signing.  Only fitting the guy named DJ gets a remix.

11:54  The great name train continues to roll with the faxing of Alvin “Bud” Dupree’s LOI.  Dupree is a three-star athlete expected to play defensive end, but was projected as a tight end by some and is believed to be one of the factors in Jon Davis wavering on his UK commitment.  He was also the recipient of a late offer from Florida State.

12:00 Worth noting on the Jon Davis watch:  UK assistant David Turner was very vague when asked where Dupree would play, noting his multiple skills and saying, “We don’t know which side of the ball he will play yet but that is a good problem to have.”

12:45  UKAthletics Tweets out the banners being hung as each recruit commits.  There are a lot of wives with sore fingers today.  Take a look:

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12:46  All updates will now be posted as new posts at the top of the page.  Thanks for the fun times.  I love you.

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Signed to the 2011 class

**** Glenn Faulkner, S, picked UK over Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota

***  Max Smith, QB, already on campus as grayshirt

***  Jabari Johnson, LB, already on campus as a grayshirt

***  Tim Patterson, LB, already on campus as a grayshirt

***  Ashely Lowery, S, picked UK over Illinois, UAB, Navy and Air Force, can jump

***  Darrian Miller, OL, picked UK over Louisville, Purdue and Tennessee

***  Nile Daniel, WR, picked UK over Maryland, USF and Troy

***  Eric Dixon, CB, picked UK over Louisville, USF and Louisiana Tech

***  Josh Clemons, RB, picked UK over Maryland, Northwestern and Mississippi State

***  DeMarco Robinson, WR, picked UK over Louisville, Minnesota and Marshall 

***  Zach West, OL, picked UK over Penn State and Tennessee

***  David Washington, DE, picked UK over Mississippi State and Virginia

***  Theltus Cobbins, QB, picked UK over Michigan and Tulane

***  Rashad Cunningham, WR, picked UK over Arkansas

***  Marcus Caffey, RB, picked UK over Purdue and Arkansas

***  Christian Coleman, DE, picked UK over Duke, Memphis and MTSU

***  Shaq Love, DE, picked UK over Duke, Vandy, Kansas and Memphis

***  Alvin “Bud” Dupree, TE/DE,  picked UK over Auburn, Florida State and Georgia Tech

**   Farrington Huguenin, DE, picked UK over NC Central, South Carolina State and NC A&T

NR DJ Warren, DE, de-committed from UT-Chattanooga

Article written by Thomas Beisner

160 Comments for The Future Starts Now: Signing Day Running Diary



  1. therye
    8:10 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    300lb OG from Pensocla. 3 star



  2. brentwelty
    8:12 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    lets get this started, after last night we need some good news!!



  3. HubbaBubba
    8:14 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Hate to rain on the parade, but everyone is reporting Dawson to UT.



  4. UT-Chattanooga fan
    8:20 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Man….we just lost a recruit to Kentucky! We must really be bad! LMAO!!!!!!!!



  5. Don
    8:22 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dawson to UT would be embarassing



  6. Jezz
    8:23 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Tell me I’m wrong : we did not lose to Ole Miss last night. Miller did drain this wide open 3, Warren did not drain a 30 foot 3. We won last night.



  7. mistake
    8:27 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Hopefully that is not true about Dawson to UT. Anyone remember Chester Ford??? Came out of Danville, went to TN and saw limited time on the field. TN was better then, but it would be a big mistake for Dawson. Go join your ex coach at KY, PLEASE, we need you in BLUE!



  8. DJK
    8:27 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    If we lose Dawson, this program is in real trouble.



  9. Just saying
    8:28 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Just because a kid plays at the same High School as Lebron James doenst make him a future LeBron James. Getting unranked players from Alcoa and hoping they develop is exactly how UK recruiting has been for the last 50 years. To bad for UT-Chat, Im sure their season was riding on this guy signing. While the real KY talent is going to UT, and UL. None of the top KY kids are coming to UK.



  10. .......
    8:32 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I predict:
    5 Stars = Z E R O

    4 Stars = Zero maybe 1

    3 Stars = Many

    2 Stars = Even More.

    YEAH that’s sounds like a recruiting class that can compete in the SEC…….

    Joker you need to start cheating cause that’s the only way you’re going to make uk a football school…ops wait Mumme did CHEAT i think and still nothing HAHAHAHA



  11. Juan4UK
    8:37 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    James Elliot is a big get for us with a laundry list of offers



  12. mistake
    8:44 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    If Dawson does not pick UK, I would prefer he go anywhere but UT or UL.



  13. middlesborojoe
    8:45 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    nobody really knows where Dawson is going…right?? I think Vaught is clueless!



  14. Tyrone Biggums
    8:48 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dawson to UT… it will be known very soon.



  15. SanDiegoDave
    8:50 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    10) Kentucky is NEVER going to be a “football school.” That hope was lost when Bear Bryant left.



  16. Tyrone Biggums
    8:52 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I kid I kid… who knows where he is going.



  17. Tyrone Biggums
    8:54 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    SanDiegoDave, great positive spin guy eh… it can be done.



  18. LamarDawson
    8:56 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK here i come.



  19. Johnny America
    9:04 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Tennessee didn’t offer Darrian Miller, morons.



  20. Tobias Funke
    9:04 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Commit to UT and you’ll never be All SEC and may never make it to NFL. Commit to UK and you can be the next Woodyard or Trevathan. You choose, Lamar.



  21. Johnny America
    9:05 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    20.) 26 consecutive wins. Also, who has more players in the NFL? I’ll answer that. Tennessee by a long shot.



  22. Johnny America
    9:07 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dawson is headed to USC, fellas.



  23. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    9:08 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Lamar Dawson – hero or zero?



  24. SanDiegoDave
    9:09 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Tyrone Biggums,
    Please tell me why you think UK will ever be a football school. Please, don’t get me wrong. I love UK as much as you or anyone else in the great state of Kentucky. Sometimes, it’s easier to see the real picture from 2,000 miles away.



  25. Jonah Hex
    9:10 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Lamar Dawson day, seriously?



  26. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    9:10 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    zero…



  27. gvillecat
    9:11 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Who wouldn’t want to play for Lane Kiffin?



  28. catfainchattanooga
    9:11 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    well…at least it’s not UT



  29. Tobias Funke
    9:11 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    LOL. This kid just put his and his family’s future in the hands of Kiffin? Have fun transferring to a Juco after he’s fired in a couple yrs.



  30. Vols and Cats
    9:11 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Now Cats and Vols fans can both hate Lane Kiffen.



  31. LamarDawson
    9:12 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    sorry fellas



  32. Jezz
    9:13 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    SoCal, who can blame him? I’d move to SoCal tomorrow if I could. If Lane freaking Kiffin wasn’t part of it OF COURSE. Damn…



  33. Kiffensucks
    9:13 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Bad call passing up the SEC. Enjoy getting stomped by Oregon the next 3 years.



  34. HEHATEME
    9:13 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK should split from the SEC and head to the Big East….Big East caliber basketball and football…win/win



  35. Cawood44
    9:14 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Not a lot of reward for being a uk fan these days



  36. Fire Joker Hire Tee
    9:14 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Focus on coaches who can recruit, focus on coaches who can recruit. How’d that work out for you Joker? You know when we are winning recruits away from North Carolina A&T that pretty much equates to failure. We “have” to hire a name coach if we want to get anywhere…plain and simple folks. Yes, the sky is falling…. Lose to stinkin’ Ole Miss….ugggg..



  37. ShepherdsvilleKAT
    9:16 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    wish him well, but done with him…next!



  38. pissed off cat fan ny
    9:17 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’m so tired of year after year of losing recruit after recruit to everyone else. Why can’t we do better? The ville is overtaking us in talent under strong. Nothing against Joker, but things aren’t looking pos. for the program, just status quo.



  39. bluesince66
    9:18 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    At least it wasn’t UT that would’ve been too hard to take.



  40. Kiffensuckssodoeshiswife
    9:18 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Good luck at USC Dawson. Bad choice, but good luck



  41. James
    9:21 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, haven’t been following signing close enough. When does Davis sign?



  42. Tyrone Biggums
    9:22 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Davis and Dawson should both go to USC so they can put all this drama to good use.

    AT UK we need football players not actors.



  43. recuitwiithrolls
    9:23 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Kiffin pays well. If you don’t recruit with rolls you can get the big boys.



  44. Thomas Beisner
    9:24 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    41, 1:30



  45. voice of reason
    9:24 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    am i wrong is is usc on probation?



  46. Monty
    9:25 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    How the hell did we lose Dawson???? The few quality Kentucky born talents left to play for a team completely across the country, for a school that can’t play in a bowl game…… Just another slap in the face



  47. Darius"NoShow"Miller
    9:25 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Enjoy playing football at USC, Dawson. You may get to play a snap by your Senior year.



  48. Manbearpig
    9:29 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    jeez…looking at current ESPN class rankings, we are going to have long years ahead of us unless Joker can pull a horseshoe out of his arse



  49. 3 fan
    9:29 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dawson will be surrounded by hot women, movie stars and great weather. Kinda a no-brainer.



  50. Franktown
    9:31 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Fire chuck smith as recruiting coordinator.. If I were chuck, I’d be embarrassed…



  51. Monty
    9:32 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    In his recruiting interview he stated being close enough for his family to watch him was his most important factor…….. What the hell happened with that????? What’s the odds on Davis coming to KY??? Wasn’t recruiting jokers calling card??? Seemed like the deck was stacked to get Dawson, ESPN even Listed him as Kentuckys to lose.



  52. Dude
    9:33 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    USC served their bowl ban this year. They can go bowling this year



  53. Tyrone Biggums
    9:34 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Lane Kiffin… you dirt beastaat



  54. deer boss
    9:35 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Losing winnable games = Losing Dawson. UK football cats are on the porch….just can’t get in all the time.



  55. Paducah fan
    9:35 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    With some luck, we’ll split the good but not great players with U of L, which is probably about right for both schools. With SC, Dawson will see the country and play in some great places. Tough to recruit against glamour programs, even when they are not currently at the top of their game.



  56. voice of reason
    9:36 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    i thought usc got a 2-year bowl ban



  57. deer boss
    9:38 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    KSR should have had Drew Franklin announce somewhere today having an open auction of gifts from respective schools.



  58. i'm-a-superfan !!!!!
    9:38 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    we keep playing this kind of football and we’ll have a self-imposed bowl-ban



  59. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    9:43 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, why play when the SEC when you can join a team on probation and can’t play in a bowl game. Good riddance, “Hollywood” Dawson



  60. TimPRP
    9:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Cant wait for Davis to annouce Illinois!!



  61. RicksVD
    9:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    53) 2 year bowl ban for USC unless appeal is successful.



  62. knightynight
    9:48 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’M IN A GLASS CASE OF EMMMMOOOOOOTTTTTTIOOOOOONNN!!!!! This is the worst day imagineable!!! At least we’re not getting pounded with snow.



  63. Officer Rod Farva
    9:50 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    As a Boyle native I wish Lamar the best, but how can you pass up being a starter in the SEC as a freshman? USC already has multiple elite recruits at LB, so he will be lucky to even see the field



  64. North Carolina A&T fan
    9:52 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Wow!! we just lost a recruit to Kentucky! We must really suck!!!!



  65. Johnny Utah
    9:53 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I agree that not getting Dawson is huge, and Smith’s role needs to be re-evaluated but I think people need to pump the brakes a little bit. First of all, for those that keep wanting to compare a hoops 5 star to a football 5 star, you’re comparing apples to oranges. As of this moment Bama is said to have the top rated class and has 2 5 star players out of 22. If you look at the high profile programs vs. UK the real difference is in 4 star players. While UK’s class is based on 3 stars (which is more than we used to be able to say)if you look at a school like UGA, they have 23 guys– 1 5 star, 11 4 stars, and 11 3 stars. That’s the 7th ranked class in the country as I type this. Now, I realize all this will likely change as the day goes on, but when it comes down to it, if UK can regain the on field momentum it’s had the last few years and continue to hit the recruiting trail hard, MAYBE we’ll start to see some of our classes be a little heavier on 4 star guys which needs to be the focus. Lots of ifs, but in general I see reason for tempered optimism.



  66. TimPRP
    9:54 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    53- So basically he redshirts this yr and will never miss a bowl game.



  67. tstine
    9:56 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Nice get Chuck!! You can’t even recruit your hometown?? Pathetic. Obviously, Lamar is not a bright kid. Why would you go to a school that is getting ready to be slammed by our friends at the NCAA?



  68. whackaflocka
    9:56 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Just a little reminder…there is only ONE Five-Star High School recruit that is playing in the Super Bowl this weekend; Lamar Woodley. And Aaron Rodgers was never given a D-1 offer coming out of high school. Too much hype for kids that have never done anything.



  69. Monty
    9:56 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Split the good players with Louisville??? That would be a step up Louisville currently swinging a top 20 class and possibly adding Davis. Louisville went out and spent the money to get someone who has experience and a recruiting knack. Hopefully this latest embarrassment will propel UK to do the same



  70. TimPRP
    9:58 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    70- Yeah we keep Steve Brown and hire Rick Minter. Co-coordinators FTL



  71. Norm
    9:58 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I bet UK wasn’t even in Dawson’s Top 2



  72. Bundy
    9:59 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    For those who wonder why we will never be a top level program. Case and point…Kentucky does not produce a lot of top level talent, but when it does, we have to keep them here. Instead, we lose our best recruit in years to a f’n snake charmer, coaching a school on probation, heading no where but down. Unbelievable!

    Did we not offer him enough money or what?



  73. Bundy
    10:01 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    66- Maybe you didn’t watch this past season…we are losing on-the-field momentum.



  74. Dude
    10:02 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Just a little reminder…. The NCAA is not the NFL. Ryan Leaf



  75. Davefromthegap
    10:03 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    64 My Guess Would Be Because He Is A Football Player Who Wants To Go To A Football School. You all can bitch moan, complain about his disloyalty and all that, I don’t blame him a freaking bit. Kid probably wants to win.



  76. Johnny Utah
    10:03 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    74– Maybe you didn’t finish high school. Do you not know the meaning of the word REGAIN?



  77. Monty
    10:04 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I think that UK needs to move conferences, we Dont have the surrounding football talent that the southern schools do, not to mention our basketball record historically against these sec schools. If u have two teams in your conference that have running 25+ year win streaks on you its time to move on. Big Ten has better basketball competition and far less dominating football programs(as a whole conference)



  78. 2020
    10:06 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    OL Darrian Miller… Will he shoot the open 3?



  79. beau9738
    10:06 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Who’s seriously surprised at losing any recruits in football? I mean being in the mighty SEC only helps if you are actually a good team in it. We were not… If you look at our comments and compare those to schools we consider “lesser” in basketball that would looke eerily similer. “Do we not pay enough?” Think about Wash U this past spring when Terrence switched to us. You think they werent all over their coach for not being able to keep a “local” guy out there? Same situation. UK is just not a good football school and it won’t change, except for the possible lightning in a bottle scenario. I wish it were different but it isn’t. At least we have basketball… right?



  80. Cheatin'Pete Carroll
    10:08 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I told old Lane if his pretty little wife would flash those puppies he’ll get a lot of prospects, whether on probation or not.



  81. OutlawJoseyWales
    10:11 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    This is truly the beginning of the end for Ky Football and Joker.



  82. B-Dub
    10:12 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dawson could compete for a position at USC, but if doesn’t like his PT, he could transfer to UK.
    Just sayin’, there’s always a possibility. Plus, So Cal weather is more delightful than Lexington.



  83. Phat Jones
    10:12 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    79… I’m afraid that one play speaks volumes about Darius’ deep-down confidence in himself. A truly confident player would not have hesitated to take that shot in that situation.



  84. Kidnut
    10:13 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Congratulations, looks like this is going to be a good group of signings.



  85. ebell55
    10:13 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s start with some positive vibes for our football program round here now! You can start by taking that piture of Dawson down and putting one of our New CATS up! Let’s GO CATS!!!!



  86. RicksVD
    10:15 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    67) He may “attend” the bowl game but certainly won’t play in his 1st 2 or 3 years.



  87. bush54
    10:15 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    If I was a poor young man growing up in Danville, KY and could choose between UK,UT,Oregon and USC I would probably choose USC. Look at the tradition and national titles. Live on the west coast and have sunshine year round. Get away from everything and be your own person. Smart choice.



  88. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    10:16 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    He was sold on a fairy tale dream by lane Kiffin and Crew. A shame that he was lied to by people with selfish interests.

    The best football in college is in the SEC, bar none. EVERY YEAR. It’s all about level of talent, if you go elsewhere your being sold something else, or being lied to.

    You’d think kids like this would learn from the OJ Mayo’s who made the same mistake. Bright lights big city sales pitch, and even with his talent realized within a semester that he wasn’t the big ticket in that town, he wasn’t even in the top 100.

    Unless you live on the beach and have a helicopter, So Cal has traffic that would make you dream of Nicholasville Road at 5pm on a Friday.

    I wonder how many people Lane Kiffin will eventually be responsible for destroying when it’s all said and done.



  89. beau9738
    10:16 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I would like to move to ACC not the BE. Better elite basketball programs in UNC and PUKE and maybe a little better in football. Also, less traveling required. Don’t know if UK could make the cut acedemically but that’s my vote. Enough of this 2-6 or slightly better slightly worse in SEC play. I personally don’t care how goodhow good our conference is if we can’t share the limelight as one one of the teams that makes it so good. And in basketball we could play a home and home yearly series with UT to keep that rivalry going. That makes sense, no?



  90. Burlington_UK_fan
    10:16 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK gets 3 stars, most other teams in the SEC get 4 and 5 stars. Sigh…..



  91. ThankfulCat
    10:18 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Interesting that Caffey has not signed yet.

    Could it be that he is waiting on Isaiah Crowell’s decision.

    there is a big rumor floating that if Crowell goes to Bama and disses UGA, Caffey will sign with UGA



  92. Waterview1
    10:22 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    When does the moving van show up at the Dawson family abode?



  93. Kanter Banter
    10:23 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Dawson will not survive USC. He will take his hayseed a$$ to California and he’ll get homesick and sit the bench for 2-3 years. My guess he’ll transfer after 2 years when he realizes that he won’t or can’t play at USC. He’ll come crawling back….then he can go to UL…they’ll love him there.



  94. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    10:24 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    UK will not leave SEC. It is called revenue sharing. I am sure they have it. The only confrence I could see the Big Boo going to is Big East then maybe Big 10. Being the southern most Big Ten school or Big East school helps more then some think. As for Dawson….WOW!!! I’m not sure being a UK football fan is worth it anymore. I can only get kicked in the nuts so many times before I find someone else who don’t. BTW Darius SHOOOOOOOOOOOOT



  95. Mr. Chin
    10:27 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    starting to get concerned about Glen Faulkner signing with another school.



  96. bush54
    10:28 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    As a side note, if the staff thinks our Newton is going to be the next Cam Newton they are sadly mistaken. I’m thinking he’s the next Shane Boyd. He doesn’t have the speed to play QB in the SEC. No wonder Moss left. Didn’t even get a warmup call in a bowl game we were losing badly. He’ll probably go somewhere and play like Case Keenum. Cobb could see the writing on the wall, too. If we are lucky enough to get a prospect like Moss and never give them a chance to play, how many five star QB’s are going to come here to play? Most school’s (like UT) go with the youth and by the end of the season they look good for next year. What did Hartline get us? Another 6-6 season and recurits leaving or bailing after a very poor bowl showing. Very sad.



  97. beau9738
    10:29 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah I don’t see UK moving conferences anytime soon, or ever really. I loke the idea of Big Ten too, but don’t se UK making the grade acedemically there for sure. BE is most likely from that standpoint. My statement earlier was more of a wish from a fan’s perspective. Tired of dissapointment in SEC. Nothing changes.



  98. Kanter Banter
    10:33 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Is there a firejoker.com website yet? I would think by now there would be one up and running. Operation Win!



  99. Kiffensuckssodoeshiswife
    10:36 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    My god people! Go jump off a bridge… the world is coming to an end… KY is landing primarily 3 star recruits so far. THAT IS AN IMPROVEMENT!!!!! We ARE competing in the SEC versus what we have done in the past. Give the doom and gloom a rest. The SEC is tough, but Joker has some good people in place and one of the best trainers in the business. Lets support our Cats.



  100. Tyrone Biggums
    10:41 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Faulkner signed



  101. Sense & sansibility
    10:43 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Any word on Lucas or Patterson?



  102. Mr. Chin
    10:44 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Man am I relieved. that kid can play. Watched him at the AAB and he is good. I expect he will start next year. He’s better than anyone we currently have in the secondary now. He can play CB or safety.



  103. Big Blue 66
    10:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    You can tell by the “pikced UK over” area exactly where we are in the minds of recruits, I wil feel better if there were 5 or 6 guys that picked UK with a picked over section that included anyone better than a louisville or marshall or USF……when we start seeing kids pick UK with a picked over list of South Carolina, LSU, etc, then we have improvement.



  104. JOKE-r
    10:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Everybody on here SHUT UP!!! I can’t get any funding, the stadium is propped up with 2×4’s, AND CHARLIE STRONG IS KICKING MY @$$!!! BE HAPPY going to the BVVLMNOP bowl and SHUT THE F#$%#K UP!



  105. BigCatDaddy4263
    10:50 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    There better be improvement this year because I’m spending a lot of hard earned money on season tickets and not getting any results on the field.



  106. TimPRP
    10:51 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Cant wait to see what Steve Brown does with Faulkner.



  107. BigCatDaddy4263
    10:52 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe we can get Coach Cal call Lamar Dawson and talk with him before he signs his LOI and he will wait for 2 weeks before signing with the CATS



  108. Shot
    10:55 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    with a name like bookie cobbins, he needs to start at QB as freshman



  109. MainStreetCat
    10:58 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    A close friend of mine coaches at Eastern High School and is a HUGE UK fan. He is not optimistic about Jon Davis. UK having 10+ Tight Ends on the roster might be part of the issue….



  110. The sky is falling
    11:00 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Bring back the good old days when we were 8-5 and winning the Music City Bowl. What a bunch of losers. Give Joker his time, he will do fine.



  111. JOKE-r
    11:04 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I’m tellin’ you guys, this is a ‘SPECIAL’ class of recruits.. it said so on their high school doors, “Special Education” class . . . NOW SHUT THE F#[email protected]#$K UP!!!!



  112. Ville Cat
    11:05 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    When will word drop about Bubba Tandy??



  113. ThankfulCat
    11:05 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Marcus Caffey is the steal of this class. If Richt doesn’t get Crowell, he will end up regretting not pursuing Caffey. Many folks in GA believe Caffey is a better back even though not as highly rated.



  114. voice of reason
    11:07 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    espn is showing Faulkner as not yet signed…but they show we signed glenn faulkner, OG from southwind high school (TN)… please tell me we have signed Faulkner the 4* safety



  115. The sky is falling
    11:09 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    116. Espn is tracking 120 classes, probably an error on their behalf.



  116. C'mon MAN
    11:10 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    USC who is on probabtion, USC where you wont ever get to play, USC where your family cant watch you play cause the networks have dropped USC football, USC to play against a weaker conference who will not prepare you for the next level like the SEC, USC to play for KIFFIN?????????????……C’MON MAN!

    What are you doing? Stupid, stupid,stupid!



  117. swampbreath
    11:12 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    we are really going to piss off ucf, appalachain state, tulsa and uab, by taking all their players



  118. GMo
    11:13 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Lamar Dawson and Jon Davis can go F themselves. There I got my childish comment out of the way early.



  119. Ville Cat
    11:14 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Who is DJ Warren??



  120. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    11:18 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I just saw that Jim Thompson just switched his commit from Southwestern North Dakota State of the blind and mentally challenged. Good get Joker.



  121. Burlington_UK_fan
    11:20 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    This recruiting class is Billy Gillispe-esque…….



  122. Jezz
    11:21 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Theltus Cobbins FTW !!!



  123. GhostofBearBryant
    11:23 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter if this class is better than past ones. It only matters if it’s better compared to rest of conference. That’s how the coaches/admin should be measured.



  124. Colonel Sanders
    11:25 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    This looks like a decent class. The question is what can Joker & Co. Do with it?



  125. eff_the_ncaa
    11:25 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    The big announcement is Clowney to UK is the huge announcement…. I wish



  126. eff_the_ncaa
    11:26 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Wow I’m an idiot.. I love my redundancy



  127. Charlie Strong
    11:27 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    You guys leave little Joker alone!!! He’s really, really trying….Don’t worry JP, you’ve got a job anytime you want it just down the road. I’m going to need all the help I can get with this TOP TWENTY RECRUITING CLASS I’M BRINGING IN!!!!!!



  128. voice of reason
    11:34 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    129—>currently UL ranked #20 class and UK #26 so not much difference other than UL plays in a ladies conference



  129. Paducah Girl
    11:40 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    What will Mr Boyle county Larry Vaught’s droid say about next month when he gets the news about Dawson?



  130. Oliver Simmons Ginger Crew
    11:41 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t worry Fax Cam, we lurk GYERO too.



  131. 9inball
    11:41 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Bubba Tandy is scheduled to anounce and sign today at 2:30 central time.



  132. Kiffensuckssodoeshiswife
    11:43 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    And half of UL’s will be arrested prior to the start of the season… no guns, no hitting…..



  133. Darius"NoShow"Miller
    11:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Shaq Love? Really? Hell, this year’s class is a success already by getting a guy with that jewel of a name. Shaq Love? Priceless.



  134. Cristoforouk
    11:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    125 – You’re joking right? Do you think that’s how the other SEC schools feel about their basketball recruits in comparison to Kentucky? As long as we are making progress every year in our recruiting classes, we are headed in the right direction.



  135. Kiffensuckssodoeshiswife
    11:47 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    125 – they should be compared to the others in the conference, but compare how we used to stack up from a talent standpoint. They are getting the same level of “star” recruits while we are improving our “star” recruits. Improved recruiting, while also being competitive on the field, should yeild more wins.



  136. GET REAL
    11:48 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    130)… Are you part of the Special Ed. class too??? ESPN doesn’t show past the top 25 [email protected]$$!



  137. Kiffensuckssodoeshiswife
    11:48 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    well said 136



  138. voice of reason
    11:51 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    138–>yes, espn has the classes on the verge of being top 25 listed below the rankings… thanks for playing



  139. Tyrone Biggums
    11:52 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I felt like we lost momentum this season… I can’t lie.

    But this is turning out to be one of the most exciting recruiting classes since I have been alive.



  140. GET REAL
    11:54 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    “on the verge”??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!!!



  141. voice of reason
    11:57 am February 2, 2011 Permalink

    laugh all you want… I don’t thinkour class is anything to brag about.. I am only stating the facts



  142. Jezz
    12:01 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares? Theltus Cobbins is on board. Theltus. Cobbins. God’s Gift is next.



  143. Tyrone Biggums
    12:02 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    143.) just better than any past classes… not bragging just happy about improvement.

    UofL has a bandwagon for all you jumpers… we are used to the diehard bball fans leaving early and trashing the team. We won’t mind if you go cheer for someone else BBN won’t miss ya



  144. cracka
    12:05 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    glenn faulkner (og) has signed with uk, he’s a nobody! glen faulkner (s), one of the best players to give us a verbal, has not yet signed



  145. Old man sleeping in lower arena
    12:06 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I understand that we can’t have the best class. Only thing I ask is that we keep in state talent in state. That being said the 2 best players from this state are going else where. #FRUSTRATING



  146. Hello McFly
    12:10 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    This recruiting class is actually shaping up pretty well. On the cusp of being ESPN top 25, full of big athletes with offers from big-time programs (Caffey, Clemons, Dupree, West, Miller, Cobbins, West, Cunningham) with still a few spaces to fill (Collins, surprises?) and some athletes that may turn out to be just what we needed at the position (Coleman, Smith, Love, Hugeunin) all sounds like the kind of improvement you want to see out of a program entering its second year with a new head coach. I, for one, am pretty satisfied with this class so far. Getting Davis would be great, and missing on Dawson was big, but so long as we don’t have to play against these guys year in and year out, the sting is less than it could have been.



  147. Friend of a friend of Davis
    12:14 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    It’s not looking good for Jon Davis to come here. His girlfriend seems to be holding him back. He probably won’t go to Illinois, but it looks pretty promising that he won’t be coming to Lexington either. Lets hope I am wrong and that he just likes to pull peoples legs. #WildcatsEatCardinalsEveryTime



  148. Vandy says
    12:16 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like it you and I again fighting to stay out of the cellar… We rank 11th and 12th in SEC recruiting AGAIN!!!! BUT DID YOU SEE OUR PAYCHECK for getting the $H!T beat out of us year in and year out??? It’s all worth it in the long run… We don’t care about football and looks like you guys don’t either…. Looking forward to our annual cellar-dweller bowl again!!!!



  149. Scott
    12:17 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Where do you see this class rated? Rivals doesn’t even list it as top 50



  150. cracka
    12:24 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    now both faulkners are signed



  151. ebell55
    12:28 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Joker said when he took the job that we needed more TE and Def end type of guys 6-5 250 to 280 and that is what he is getting Davis should be suprised that we signed a lot of TE a lot of those guys will end up polayind Def!



  152. Trouble
    12:33 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    I think this site itself said that if we missed on Davis and Dawson, this recruiting class could be considered catastrophic… Catastrophe is looming boys! The momentum is gone, lets all go back to basketball!



  153. Cristoforouk
    12:39 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t know why it is so tragic to lose Davis and Dawson. Both are very good players that would help the program, but come on, this is one of our best classes in a long time even without them. It’s not like those two guys were going to make or break this class. It only stings because they are in state guys.



  154. Badly Need Good News!
    12:42 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    what was tweet martin’s big news?



  155. Hello McFly
    12:44 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    155: How is basketball treating you these days? Don’t worry, spring ball is just around the corner!



  156. Monty
    12:45 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Shaq Love, DE, picked UK over Duke, Vandy, Kansas and Memphis….Ironically the man with the royal basketball name pretty much lined up basketball royalty in school selection.



  157. Monty
    12:50 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    Guys i want better as well but to completely dog this class as a failure isn’t accurate. We have 3-4 players who are gonna be impact starters eventually and a couple players who do have the ability to be special. I agree there’s no reason an SEC school doesn’t pull at least 4-5 4 star local talents but what yea gonna do. Joker had no HC exp coming in and he made some coaching mistakes during the season but i believe hes done well with his first class and you guys know next years performance and recruiting class will be the mark at which he will be measured.



  158. Badly Need Good News!
    12:57 pm February 2, 2011 Permalink

    156 – I disagree, if you take a look at scout.com, we had 2 -4stars and 1 – 5star in 2006, we had 3 – 4stars in 2008 and we had 4 – 4stars in 2009. Last yr we had 1 but he was a kicker and this yr we’re looking at 2 without davis or dawson. Certainly we have fewer 2stars this yr, but personally i think you need to upgrade to 4 star guys to compete in the sec and we’re just not doing it. In state is where it starts and from what I see, Strong is cleaning house against Jokster. I wish the cats could do better but I’m a realist.