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Top JUCO defensive end commits to Kentucky

Za’Darius Smith, the No. 1 junior college defensive end in America, announced today that he will sign with Mark Stoops and the University of Kentucky.  Smith recorded 6.5 sacks and forced four fumbles this past season at East Mississippi Community College on his way to being named to the NJCAA Football All-America Team.

He had offers from Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, and West Virginia.

Let’s read that again: He had offers from Florida State, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, and West Virginia.

Stoops gettin’ it done.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

62 Comments for Top JUCO defensive end commits to Kentucky



  1. Lane Change
    12:33 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    and he’s only 35 yrs. old!!



  2. blue happy pappy
    12:33 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Just keeps getting better!!!



  3. Tstone
    12:34 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops do Work!!



  4. Old Henry Man
    12:34 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    STOOPS!!!!
    Great get, starter from Day 1



  5. davefromdagap
    12:36 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    It’s early in the game, but I sure like the way this thing is going.



  6. blue happy pappy
    12:37 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Did I read tis correctly? The No. 1 junior college defensive end in America!!



  7. KYStout
    12:38 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Oh hells to the yes…can he play next season? Doesn’t have to sit out?



  8. richbrookslikestomatos
    12:39 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    This makes me so happy



  9. Al's IndiCats
    12:39 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I love the direction this is going. “Stoop’s group” are hitting the pavement HARD. Go Cats!!!!!!!



  10. Al's IndiCats
    12:40 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    7, NOPE he plays right away! no sitting!



  11. Incredblue
    12:41 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hatcher at the other end would be sweet!



  12. robbieh
    12:41 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Like I said yesterday coach Stoops can build a winning football tradition at UK anyone who says different knows absoloutly nothing about football or is one of these ul loosers that is coward enough to make negative comments on a UK web site.



  13. Heisenberg
    12:41 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    A lot better then seeing he picked us over little sisters of the poor. Great job Stoops!



  14. The Word...
    12:45 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    AWESOME!!!!



  15. UKani
    12:46 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    WOWWWW!!!!!



  16. DenimJerseys
    12:47 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why are there busty 40 somethings on the ad to the right?



  17. jlove
    12:47 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    We might be SEC this year.



  18. southbound
    12:47 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Bud Dupree and this Za’Darius Smith coming off the end may make some QBs a little scared.

    Our DLine just got a lot better if this kid works out.



  19. Sin The'
    12:47 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Question is….Does he start school next semester. If so he can be a force next year.



  20. Let's be real
    12:49 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a good get, regardless of the circumstances. But let’s not forget that Brumbaugh was at EMCC last year. I’m happy to have the guy, but let’s not act like us beating out some of those schools for a player is ever going to be anything but out of the ordinary.



  21. Joe
    12:51 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why are there busty 40 somethings on the ad to the right? Because they live in your area and want to talk to you, RIGHT NOW. Currently I have FilipinoCupid on my advert…

    I don’t know what it says about Drew/Matt/Shannon that this is the advertising that their website draws. Or about the readers of this website.



  22. Sin The'
    12:51 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t you mean Smith? Brumbaugh is a coach. You make no sense fella.



  23. ads
    12:52 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    16 – The ads are linked to what you search on the internet…



  24. DEasy
    12:53 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    LOL. You guys know that the ads on the side are based on your personal internet usage right? No judging, if you like Filipino girls that’s fine with me.



  25. Drew Franklin
    12:54 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    16. — Joke’s on you. I see ads for pizza and shoes.



  26. RichmondRob
    12:56 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    According to ESPN Junior College 100, this is a 4 star player, 10th overall. He also had an offer from Auburn.



  27. Jen
    12:56 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Adblock Plus. Everyone should have it installed on their browsers. It’s free and blocks all ads. This site looks like garbage. I can’t believe anyone would look at it, or the rest of the internet, without blocking the ads.



  28. Greginky
    12:56 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Here we go. I have always said that the only way the UK football team can win is if they can recruit good players. It seems that Mark Stoops is on his way to doing just that. He is getting a late start, so I don’t expect great things for this recruiting class but next year should be awesome. I think that this class may still end up being the best so far if Stoops can get a few more players to commit. II am checking into season tickets right now before they are all gone. The next few years are going to be exciting. I think that Kentucky can and will compete in the SEC and a conference championship may not be the pipe dream that most of us have thought it to be. It is asll a matter of recruiting and maybe keeping this staff together. Football success at any level always BEGINS with defense. Add the air raid offense and we will be competitive.



  29. Common Sense
    12:56 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    what a huge get. considering he had offers from those schools, he must have talent. anyone know what year he would be?



  30. Mattcat68
    12:57 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I am officially stoopified!



  31. will
    12:57 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    19, he’ll have 3 years to play 2 seasons as is the rule with JUCO transfers. he’s immediately eligible for next season. will be interesting to see how he performs in the spring game.



  32. GO4ward
    12:58 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    stoops is not re-building a program, he’s constructing a bigger, better, faster one. is this a baby step?

    Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 250 | 40: 4.70 (thanks to: 247sports.com).

    don’t hurt ’em Za’Darius



  33. DEasy
    12:59 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    28. Nice analysis Greg. Good players=Good team. Really in depth stuff here.



  34. Amaze Pants
    12:59 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve got O and I’m sitting on s#^t. Oh s#^t!



  35. Blueneck
    12:59 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I was so tired of reading “so and so picked UK over EKU, Middle Tenn St, Central Mich” etc

    Go Stoops!



  36. mike
    1:02 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Am I the only one concerned that we are signing top flight football talent the same week the mayans say the world will end. Just sayin.



  37. catfanatic
    1:04 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    smart way to get this program going in the right direction using juco players. the new recruits will see the impact of the new coaching system immediatly and will want to come to kentucky too. lets get this train rolling



  38. DenimJerseys
    1:04 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m actually on my work computer. While I may search for such things in the privacy of my home, never at work. Must be the damn government tracking me down again. If I dont post again, you all know what happened.



  39. Ads - Actually
    1:04 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    There are default ads for those that clear history & cookies automatically – I see the Bad Idea T-Shirts also the guys above are mentioning. Its not because I’ve been there. Can’t even go to those sites where I’m at.



  40. DEasy
    1:06 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    39. Whatever helps you sleep at night man..



  41. Lets be real
    1:07 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    22 – No, I mean Brumbaugh. He coached at EMCC last year, where Smith was a player. I thought the fact that Smith was at EMCC last year was a given, considering it says that in the post.



  42. justafish2002
    1:13 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    39, It seems that way. Sometimes I get Great Wolf Lodge, and sometimes i get bad t shirt ideas. Other times I get Victorias secret or norton ads, all on the same computer



  43. Auburn J
    1:14 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Do we know anything about Lauren Jackson, DT at the same school?



  44. Rick
    1:15 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Watch out Cal, here comes footballllllllll.



  45. Behind Enemy Lines
    1:15 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Now that we’re talking about older women in the comment thread… the add is showing up on my browser at work. Thanks guys.



  46. Behind Enemy Lines
    1:15 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Now that we’re talking about older women in the comment thread… the ad is showing up on my browser at work. Thanks guys.



  47. Buckets
    1:18 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops there it, I thought you knew.



  48. Defense
    1:21 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Video Footage… He’s # 94 in red

    http://youtu.be/9XZscQqPwKY



  49. Sin The'
    1:28 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’m Rick James Beyotch!



  50. dub c
    1:28 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Bring Back Joker…



  51. Diaper Fillers
    1:32 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Sad that he was not recruited by Alabama or Notre Dame. Until we get those players, we suck.



  52. CatsFans2
    1:32 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    cut and paste this kids name and check out the sites that write ups on him. he reports Jan. 13th. He’s the real deal 6’6″ 250



  53. bdown
    1:34 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Great get for Stoops and his staff!!! This is a kid we never would have gotten with Joker



  54. Laker Cat 18
    1:37 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Wow. This is impressive.



  55. 46
    1:44 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    I want those ads. “No boss, im not looking at busty mature blondes. I’m just wasting time on KSR til its time to go. “



  56. UKNeal7
    2:26 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Smith on weakside and Dupree on strongside. Watch out Teddy, you’re going to be tired from running away from these guys all day



  57. kyle heavy
    2:56 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    So what does our commitment list look like?



  58. Photoshop
    3:06 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    That pic looks like someone mixed Stevie Johnson and Greg Oden.



  59. Al's IndiCats
    5:44 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    Fellow UK fans……I think Hell’s starting to get a bit nippy.



  60. Tom Sim
    7:02 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink

    So who broke this story, Kige? I WANT TO KNOW WHAT KIGE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS.



  61. fatkidineastky
    7:34 pm December 19, 2012 Permalink


  62. plowboy
    9:26 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    #51 Are you a ul or iu fan? You havn’t seen the boy take one play at the college level and you come down on him. You know more than coach Stoop. Of course you may be a middle school kid trying to act big. Easy to take pot shots behind a computer.