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Who Does Kentucky’s Football Recruiting Hurt Most?



Kentucky’s football resurgence, at least on the recruiting trail has been nothing short of spectacular. In less than 8 months, and without playing a single down, Mark Stoops and his staff have reversed the momentum of the Kentucky program and have helped fans move past the 2-10 debacle that was Kentucky’s 2012 football season. Every coach and analyst in America will tell you that recruiting is the probably the most important factor in rebuilding a program, and not just in terms of rankings either. Bringing in the right mix of high-caliber recruits and those who may be underrated yet willing to work is crucial, especially at a school like Kentucky where you can’t count on 4 and 5 star recruits to bang down your door for a spot every year.


Needless to say, sitting at 4th in the nation in recruiting rankings is unprecedented territory for Kentucky, so I decided to take a look at the offer sheets of UK’s 21 commitments so far in the 2014 class and see who exactly the ‘Cats are beating out for these recruits. UK’s commitments received an average of 11.7 scholarship offers from a total of 74 different D-1 schools, with the most coming from DB Darius West (23) and OL Jarrett LaRubio (22). Now, to judge which schools recruiting has suffered most from Kentucky’s surge I compared all the offer sheets to find out which teams have offered the highest percentage of Kentucky’s commitments. From that I found out that 48 different schools had a scholarship offer out to at least 2 of Kentucky’s recruits. Here they are, with the number of players in parentheses:


(10) — Cincinnati, Indiana

(8) — Louisville, Toledo

(7) — Georgia Tech, Wisconsin

(6) — Missouri, Bowling Green, Vanderbilt, Ohio

(5) — Illinois, Purdue, Akron, Michigan State, NC State, West Virginia

(4) — South Carolina, Tennessee, Nebraska, Central Florida, Minnesota, Arizona State

(3) — Miami (FL), Ole Miss, North Carolina, Iowa, UCONN, Rutgers, South Florida, Notre Dame, Boston College

(2) — Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Maryland, Kent State, Penn State, Georgia, Clemson, Mississippi State, Florida, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Arizona, Syracuse, Miami (OH), Florida State, Texas Tech, Houston


Obviously the Ohio schools would have more offers out due to the closeness of the recruits in question, but it’s clear that Kentucky has dealt a minor blow to the Midwestern schools like Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, etc. who have usually filled the void underneath the Ohio State’s and Michigan’s of the world in the state of Ohio. Long live Stoops.

Article written by Will Totten

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

11 Comments for Who Does Kentucky’s Football Recruiting Hurt Most?

  1. Kevin C.
    4:39 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    I’m guessing it mostly hurts schools who also go after 3-star talent. Even though we recruit heavily from the states of Georgia, Florida, and Ohio…UGA, FLA, FSU, Miami, and OSU aren’t losing any sleep over us.

  2. bigblue
    5:16 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Completely off topic in regards to the post and I know Matt has addressed this in the recent weeks… but is there any truth to people saying ‘Jerry Meyer is reporting that the twins and James Young have eligibility issues’… or is it just the usual trolls stirring things up? Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.

  3. HighTimes
    5:31 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    WOW! That list is a who’s who of top 25 teams, conference champs, and national championship contenders! NOT.

  4. Rei
    5:50 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    the eligibility issue lies with them not being enrolled in school due to arriving on campus too late. once they’re signed up for classes, they’ll be cleared. You can’t play for a school if you aren’t taking courses at that school. It’s really a simple answer, but of course, Loserville fans love to try and scare people because they know they’ll be lucky to win 22 games this year.

  5. bigblue
    6:03 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    @ 4) good deal. appreciate the explanation.

  6. ky
    6:49 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Cincinnatti is in Ohio, that last sentence makes it sound like you have no idea where Cincinnatti is.

  7. Bobbum man
    7:11 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Yea all the twins young crap is nothin but people lookin for some hits, they graduated late therefore couldn’t enroll in time for summer classes, they’ll be here in the fall to get #9

  8. John Wilmhoff
    7:21 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    Taking away recruits from Indiana is not impressive at all, taking 10 away from Cincinnati is somewhat impressive, but pay attention to the teams below that. Taking away 8 from Louisville, 7 from Wisconsin, 6 from two SEC East foes, five from a handful of impressive schools and so on…that’s what is impressive about the class.

  9. bluegrassstu
    9:06 pm July 28, 2013 Permalink

    As for affecting any school, i dont see stoops hurting the big boys. Ul, cincinnati, indiana, and other non powerhouse teams for sure will be affected. Alabama, osu, michigan, florida, lsu, usc and others, not at all. Think the best high school kicker from kentucky is going to osu, neurenberger? How did stoops not get him?

  10. Do whut?
    1:06 am July 29, 2013 Permalink

    And oh yeah, you mean the German born kicker who transferred to Oldham County from a school in Illinois a year ago. That Kentucky kid?

  11. bluegrassstu
    4:25 am July 29, 2013 Permalink

    @10. Yup that one. Yahtzee for you, you figured who i meant.