When Mark Stoops closed his eyes late last night, he went to sleep knowing he just signed a top-30 recruiting class at Kentucky, the best in school history. And when he woke up this morning, Stoops got right back to work on that class as he tries to add a few more pieces before closing the book on 2013 recruiting. Stoops said yesterday he still hopes to sign a couple more players to the class of 2013, and Neal Brown added that they’re hoping sign another player on both sides of the ball. Here are three of the known targets:
6’4”, 275 lbs.
Denham Springs, LA
Lawson committed to LSU almost a year ago, but he was recently told there aren’t enough scholarships for him and he’ll have to pay his own way through school in the fall. Four-star defensive tackles aren’t usually asked to greyshirt, so Lawson reopened his recruitment and is now considering Kentucky. He’ll fly into Lexington tomorrow for an official visit to UK this weekend and then sign with a school shortly after.
6’3”, 230 lbs.
James Hearns is the seventh-ranked inside linebacker in America and a top 200 player overall, 28 spots ahead of Jason Hatcher on the list. Hearns originally committed to Florida but he and the school agreed to part ways when his academic eligibility became an issue. Kentucky, having more scholarships to play with and a reason to take the gamble, jumped on Hearns after his decommitment from the Gators and immediately became his new favorite option.
However, it’s looking like Hearns won’t make the grades to play D-1 football next season, unfortunately.
6’4”, 170 lbs.
Like James Hearns, Taj Williams is a highly-ranked top 250 recruit from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida. And, like Hearns, Taj Williams is also struggling to qualify. Even if he does get his grades up, Kentucky will have to fight off Auburn, Louisville, and others for a signature.
Williams had offers from top programs like Alabama, Florida, USC, Notre Dame and Florida State before grades became an issue.