It has been a very busy and exciting day for fans of Kentucky athletics. Let’s get right to it…
— We kicked off our Monday by bidding adieu to Keith Kelsey Jr., who chose to take his talents to Louisville over the University of Kentucky. The loss wasn’t a devastating one, though, as we await what will hopefully be good news from James Hearns, a better linebacker from Florida. Hearns visited over the weekend and he’s expected to commit soon.
Some UK fans have been hard on Kelsey for donning the UK hat before switching to the red one, but, to me, that’s just a kid having fun with his announcement. It’s good for the rivalry and I don’t think any of us would have a problem with Jason Hatcher doing the same thing — in favor of Kentucky, of course.
— Louisville didn’t have the lead for long in Monday’s recruiting showdown; it was only five hours after Kelsey’s commitment that Alex Montgomery, a wide receiver from South Florida, evened the score by picking Kentucky over Louisville. Montgomery isn’t a top priority at receiver in this class – Ryan Timmons and Jeff Badet are 1 and 2 — but he’s still a great talent on the outside and one who will get some looks next season. SoFlaFootball called him one of the 25 best talents in the south Florida, and then there is this:
— Oh, we’re not done. Kentucky also just landed a commitment from one of the top 200 recruits in America, Marcus McWilson. McWilson told Justin Rowland the SEC was a huge selling point. He said, “I want to beat the best. You have to play the best to beat the best.”
This is the biggest commitment of the class so far and it just further proves that Stoops can reel in talent we’re not used to seeing in Lexington. This is only the beginning, folks.
— What do you think about all this, Bud Dupree?
— Bud Dupree #GG (@Bud_Dupree2) January 28, 2013
— Switching over to basketball, Kentucky and North Carolina agreed to a two-year home-and-home series beginning in Chapel Hill next season. Calipari said the series would be renewed in 2013, so the news isn’t all that surprising. Deal with it, Hoosiers.
— Kentucky is still unranked in both college basketball polls. Michigan is now the top team in the AP poll, while Kansas is atop the USA Today Coaches poll. Louisville fell to No. 12/13 after suffering a third straight loss over the weekend and Ole Miss jumped up to No. 16.
— Calipari met with the media this afternoon to discuss tomorrow night’s game against the Rebels in Oxford. He reiterated what he said on the SEC teleconference by saying Willie Cauley-Stein will travel but he’s doubtful for the game. They’ll see how he holds up in practice today.
— Cal also said he wants to see his team lose its composure against Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss. He said he wants to see his players get mad and get angry. “If he talks to you, talk back,” he said of Henderson. No ducking and running; dig those heels in and fight back, he says. Ryan Harrow said Archie Goodwin will have the assignment of containing Henderson.
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