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The 5 Most Important Recruits Going Forward

“Who’s awesome?”


With Drew Barker’s commitment yesterday, Kentucky has now landed 3 4-Star players, and 5 players who are ranked in the Top 25 of their position in the country. Now normally that’s a solid recruiting class for Kentucky, but there are even more top-flight players who are still looking to don the Blue and White. These are the 5 recruits that I believe are the most important for UK at the moment, although as the staff begins to develop more relationships and with Barker spreading the gospel of the Big Blue Nation around the country, more elite names may start to show some attention to UK.¬†


DT Matt Elam – 3 Stars

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

6’6 325 lbs., #29 DT

Matt Elam is probably the next biggest recruit for Mark Stoops and Co. for the simple reason that behind Barker, Elam is the highest rated recruit in the state of Kentucky. Alabama has¬†reportedly told Elam that they’ve evaluated him as their top target at DT, and holding off a charge from Nick Saban, who is the John Calipari of football recruiting these days, will be a huge test for the young staff to try and keep one of the state’s best home.


WR Braxton Berrios – 4 Stars

Raleigh, North Carolina

5’9 180 lbs., #33 WR

Neal Brown has made it perfectly clear that the team is short staffed on WR’s at the moment. Brown wants at least 12 scholarship receivers on the roster to run his offense and landing Berrios will give Kentucky a great fit at the slot receiver position alongside Ryan Timmons, Jeff Badet, and Demarco Robinson. Big key in this decision is Drew Barker’s friendship with the 4-Star wideout, and named him personally as someone he was going to try and convince to don the Blue and White. Berrios has 17 D-1 offers from schools like Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee among others, and Braxton is looking to visit Lexington sometime over the summer.


WR Derek Kief – 4 Stars

Cincinnati, Ohio

6’4 199 lbs., #37 WR

Another WR for Coach Brown to play with. Kief has been rumored to be a UK lean, due to the relationship he has formed with other Ohio UK recruits on his visits. Kief also is teammates with 2013 UK commit Jaleel Hytche. Kief is a big, lean, receiver who will be a deep threat on the outsides in UK’s offense with his great straight-line speed. Kief holds offers from programs like Alabama, Notre Dame, West Virginia, and Ohio State. Of the players on this list, Kief seems like the most popular choice of “Who will commit next?”


RB Stanley Williams – 4 Stars

Bethlehem, Georgia

5’8 186 lbs., #11 RB, #98 Overall

With 2 4-Star RB’s in Mikel Horton and Braylon Heard already on board for 2014, adding a 3rd would be crazy right? Not so fast, the addition of Williams would be an absolute game-changer for the Wildcats, because as his nickname “Boom” suggests, Stanley is an EXPLOSIVE athlete. He has the ability to line up as a slot receiver, or play out of the backfield, but either way, he’ll be bringing his sub-4.4 speed with him. Williams is being recruited by a who’s who of college football including Georgia, Clemson, LSU, and South Carolina, but according to some reports, UK stands a much greater chance at landing the 4-Star RB then some might believe. Georgia will be tough to beat out, but along with the Bulldogs, Clemson, Tennessee, LSU, and West Virginia seem to be the ‘Cats’ biggest competition.


ILB Delvin Purifoy – 4 Stars

Pensacola, Florida

6’2, 228 lbs., #8 ILB, #97 Overall

Stoops and D.J. Eliot have made the defensive secondary and the D-Line their main focus over the course of the 5 months they’ve been here, but Purifoy along with Dorian Hendrix would provide the staff a solid combo at the ILB position to move forward with after Avery Williamson graduates this season. Purifoy is currently a Florida State commit but has long been rumored to still be open in his recruitment, with UK still maintaining a chance to flip the 4-Star LB. Along with UK, FSU will have to fend off Auburn, Miami, and Ole Miss among others to keep his services. If UK manages to flip Purifoy’s commitment it would be a huge step toward shoring up the LB corps. for the next 4 years to come.







Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

32 Comments for The 5 Most Important Recruits Going Forward

  1. Jimmy
    11:38 am May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Love it, great seeing the football team with some Serious talk !!!!!!

  2. Jimmy
    11:38 am May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Ha maybe we won’t be a joke of the sec after all.

  3. H.A. Milton
    11:40 am May 11, 2013 Permalink

    You forgot Andrew Wiggins…

  4. smeogol
    11:49 am May 11, 2013 Permalink

    What is taters, precious? What is taters, eh?

  5. Strange days
    11:52 am May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmm. The calm before the storm is just so ominous!

  6. This Is It...
    11:56 am May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Will…You need to research a young man named Jamal Adams…He would be the highest rated player maybe ever(besides Couch) that this program has ever had and KENTUCKY has some SERIOUS connections here…

  7. Will Totten
    12:09 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    I know Jamal Adams, but I haven’t seen anything that suggests his recruitment is a top priority at this point. Would love to see the staff recruit him though, but with Mike Edwards and Darius West close to decisions, that could determine how UK approaches Adams. Gonna be hard to get him out of Texas

  8. BBN
    12:12 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    The WR prospects and RB prospect are too short. Better to recruit prospects with more size and height, particularly at WR.

  9. BBN
    12:13 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Kief would be great to have at WR with his good size.

  10. Bobbum man
    12:26 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    8- Maybe one day when you get a D1 job you can go recruit a bunch of 6’8 WRs… Until then ill trust stoops plus I think they would like to have speed more than size for this offense

  11. kadizkat
    12:28 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have been a UK football fan for almost 50 years, I know the internet has changed the information available, but I have never seen anything like what has happened since Stoops’ arrival!! #BBN #WeAreUK

  12. Shaffer
    12:31 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Berrios is the real deal. I have a couple buddies who coach at his school Leesville Road and he plays against my high school yearly. Is short but is a stud athlete.

  13. DACats86
    12:33 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Clemson is the threat with Stanley Williams. He has already decommited from UGA and they (UGA) have replaced him with a commitment from a 5-star RB (Sony Michel) and about to get another 5-star RB.

  14. I Say
    12:33 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    8 every 5’10 slot receiver in the NFL says suck it. Most Running backs in the league are below 6 foot

  15. homestead fred
    12:41 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    What about safeties and cornerbacks?

  16. CardinalsSuck
    12:44 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Will — how long before UK gets a 5 star in ur opinion?

  17. This Is It...
    1:15 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Will…Can you ck to see how much interest there is between the two parties…It would sure be great to get this legacy recruit…May be the highest ranked at UK ever besides TC…His dad was pretty damn good and I know that JP is his God father so Fla may be in the mix…

  18. This Is It...
    1:17 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    #16..Jamal Adams is a 5* guy…

  19. BBN
    1:24 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops and company doing awesome job! Even more impressive are the fact these kids are committing before the season starts, and recruiting each other to the big blue nation. We are only one year away for contending for the sec east, and with quality coaching staff we have, we could possibly go to a bowl this year. At the very least we will have extremely talented first year players getting experience and being coached the right way. BBN is here to support this football team!

  20. Chaz
    2:05 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    To anyone making a prejudgement about how tall a running back is:
    1-Walter Peyton 5’10”
    2-Emmit Smith 5’9″
    3-Archie Griffin 5’9″ (back to back heisman trophy winner)

    I realize these guys go back aways and I love to watch the bigger backs knock people down, just don’t rush to judge a RB based on how tall they are. Herschel Walker was “only” 6’1″ and he ran over one or two linemen. I’m just excited we’re talking about multiple 4 stars and I’ll let Coach worry about how tall they are.

  21. noelreddingson
    2:23 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    than some not then some

  22. Bobbum man
    2:39 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    ^ this guy

  23. KY Realist
    2:47 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    That Elam is one fat SOB.

  24. Scooby
    2:48 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    You keep talking about highest rated recruit and if you consider Braylon Heard he is the highest recruit ever that this school has got. Ranked 55th in 2010 behind Michael Dyer, Silas Redd and Marcus Lattimore. 4th best rb in the nation.

  25. Woods
    3:03 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Of I’m not mistaken wouldn’t Micah Johnson be the highest rated recruit we have ever had?

  26. Woods
    3:03 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink


  27. SevenT
    4:19 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    I will take the 325 DT over any of the skill players. Kentucky will score points but we have always had trouble stopping anyone we play.

  28. Travis
    4:29 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with 27. Elam is the key to the DT position for the Stoops era. Bama recruiting him and offered for a reason. What offensive lineman can block him one v one?

  29. Weird
    4:43 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Not sure why, but in that picture Braxton Berrios looks like a white Randall Cobb.

  30. Andeverythinglikethat
    4:58 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Elam is a 4 star Scout and 247 composite. Do you guys “round down” for UK ball recruits as well? The post on here from a few days past was especially curious. Multiple examples in that one…

  31. mashburnfan1
    5:17 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with 23, he just looks fat and not strong. In high school that may work but not in college. Seems to me his work ethic is not that great to look like he does. I will trust in Stoops though to make him a player.

  32. Rocket20
    11:24 pm May 11, 2013 Permalink

    Cats need to offer Charles Walker of St. X. Fabulous running back that has started for two years against top flight competition, Charles was rated Rivals #1 Wide Receiver at their Midwest camp in Cincinnati. Last week Rivals rated him their #25 WR in the country. Trememdous athlete – he will compete with Barker for Mr. Football this year.