When you’re the University of Kentucky football program, it’s not easy to recruit with the other schools in the SEC. It’s not easy at all. That’s why Joker Phillips uses a unique tactic to try to keep up with the perennial powerhouses in the south: “We’re doing what we did at Minnesota.” (He was an assistant there.) “We’re following Wisconsin’s model of recruiting lean athletes and developing them.”
I get the recruiting model; it brought guys like Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan and Randall Cobb to Kentucky. But I don’t know if calling it “Wisconsin’s model” really sells it to those outside the program. Wisconsin had the 63rd best recruiting class in 2012.
Maybe call it “Kentucky’s recruiting model” that put guys with very few college offers in the NFL.