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Yahtzee!: Kentucky’s current 2014 football recruiting class

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Having a hard time keeping up with Kentucky’s 2014 football recruiting class? It’s a common problem these days. UK football is averaging one new verbal commitment every two days in June, a month Big Blue Nation usually spends counting down to the NBA draft. It’s all foreign to us now, football excitement in the middle of summer, but the hype is real. Kentucky is second in Rivals.com’s 2014 class rankings, trailing only Texas, ahead of Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama, Notre Dame and Michigan.

You’ll find the 17 pieces that make up the historic class below. Know them, love them, and pray they stay on board through signing day.

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STANLEY “BOOM” WILLIAMS
All-Purpose Back (1st)

5’8”, 186 lbs.
Bethlehem, GA

Rivals: 5.9
ESPN: 82
247: 89

Picked Kentucky over: Clemson and West Virginia

Twitter: @boom_that_guy

— No. 96 in the Rivals250

— ESPN’s 16th overall running back

— Originally committed to his home state Georgia Bulldogs

— Highest ranked UK commitment since Micah Johnson (36th) in 2006

 

DREW BARKER
Pro-Style Quarterback (5th)

6’3”, 214 lbs.
Burlington, KY

Rivals: 5.9
ESPN: 83
247: 94

Picked Kentucky over: South Carolina and Tennessee

Twitter: @DBarker_7

— No. 117 in the Rivals250

— No. 111 in 247’s Top247

— Lifelong UK basketball fan

— Was likely headed to South Carolina until he visited the UK’s spring game

— Writes for KSR

 

MIKEL HORTON
Running Back (12th)

6’1”, 230 lbs.
West Chester, OH

Rivals: 5.9
ESPN: 79
247: 87

Picked Kentucky over: Florida State, Louisville and Vanderbilt

Twitter: @mikelhorton1

— No. 131 in the Rivals250

— At time of commitment, he was Kentucky’s highest ranked running back commit since Rivals rankings began in 2002 (See Boom Williams)

— Said he was impressed by the turnout at UK’s spring game

 

DARIUS WEST
Safety (15th)

5’11”, 196 lbs.
Lima, OH

Rivals: 5.8
ESPN: 82
247: 90

Picked Kentucky over: Louisville, Michigan State and Wisconsin

Twitter: @D_1west25

— No. 185 in the Rivals250

— ESPN’s 21st-ranked cornerback

— Committed hours after his good friend Mike Edwards

— Was expected to commit to UK in May but postponed his announcement

 

THADDEUS SNODGRASS
Wide Receiver (29th)

6’1”, 184 lbs.
Springfield, OH

Rivals: 5.8
ESPN: 83
247: 87

Picked Kentucky over: Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Notre Dame

Twitter: @ThadSnod1

— No. 205 in the Rivals250

— No. 183 in ESPN300

— Highest ranked receiver to commit to UK

— Committed to Kentucky on KSR radio show

 

MIKE EDWARDS
Safety (33rd)

6’1”, 184 lbs.
Cincinnati, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 78
247: 88

Picked Kentucky over: Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Notre Dame

Twitter: @M_Edwards6

— Four-star prospect, according to Scout.com

— Wanted to commit in April but his high school coach held him back

— Has long said he’d attend college with Darius West

 

DENZEL WARE
Weakside Defensive End (15th)

6’1”, 241 lbs.
Crestview, FL

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 84
247: 97

Picked Kentucky over: Florida State, Florida, Alabama, USC, Texas

Twitter: @9Otl

— Four-star prospect, according to ESPN and 247.com

— ESPN’s 9th-ranked defensive end

— No. 45 in 247’s Top247

— Decommitted to Kentucky prior to spring game after becoming first commitment of UK class in February

 

DARRYL LONG
Tight End (23rd)

6’5”, 234 lbs.
Westerville, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 77
247: 86

Picked Kentucky over: North Carolina, Louisville, Purdue and Pittsburgh

Twitter: @darryl_long

 

KOBIE WALKER
Outside Linebacker (31st)

6’4”, 210 lbs.
Olney, MD

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 78
247: 86

Picked Kentucky over: Miami and West Virginia

Twitter: @KobieWalker

— His commitment opens a potential pipeline to Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Maryland, an elite high school football program

— Played safety as a junior but is making the move to outside linebacker

 

JARRETT LARUBBIO
Offensive Guard (16th)

6’5”, 260 lbs.
Liberty Township, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 77
247: 86

Picked Kentucky over: Miami and West Virginia

Twitter: @jlube75

 

DORIAN HENDRIX
Inside Linebacker (25th)

5’11”, 225 lbs.
Huber Heights, OH

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 70
247: 87

Picked Kentucky over: Illinois and Indiana

Twitter: @D_Hendrix14

— The first of eight 2014 UK commitments from the state of Ohio

 

JARED TUCKER
Cornerback (44th)

5’11”, 162 lbs.
Stone Mountain, GA

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN: 73
247: 84

Picked Kentucky over: Miami

Twitter: @_SaluteToJared

 

SHYQUAWN PULLIUM
Cornerback (JUCO)

6’1”, 190 lbs.
Erie, PA
Blinn Community College (TX)

Rivals: 5.7
ESPN:
247: 85

Picked Kentucky over: Arizona State and Cincinnati

Twitter: @ShyquawnP

— JUCO teammate of fellow UK commit Ryan Flannigan

— Committed to Penn State out of high school

 

NICO FIRIOS
Outside Linebacker (NR)

6’2”, 225 lbs.
Longwood, FL

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 80
247: 84

Picked Kentucky over: Louisville, Purdue, South Florida and Wisconsin

Twitter: @NicoFirios

— Four-star prospect, according to ESPN

— ESPN’s 19th-ranked inside linebacker

 

RYAN FLANNIGAN
Inside Linebacker (JUCO)

6’1”, 220 lbs.
Missouri City, TX
Blinn Community College (TX)

Rivals: 5.6
ESPN: 
247: 86

Picked Kentucky over: Arizona State, Cincinnati, Houston, and Texas Tech

Twitter: @RFlannigan5

— JUCO teammate of fellow UK commit Shyquawn Pulliam

— Committed to Texas Tech out of high school

 

ADRIAN MIDDLETON
Defensive Tackle (NR)

6’4”, 275 lbs.
Bowling Green, KY

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: —
247: —

Picked Kentucky over: Louisville

Twitter: @59OnMyChest

— 5th-ranked prospect in Kentucky

 

TYMERE DUBOSE
Strongside Defensive End (NR)

6’6”, 265 lbs.
Youngstown, OH

Rivals: 5.5
ESPN: 74
247: 78

Picked Kentucky over: Michigan State, Arkansas, West Virginia and Maryland

Twitter: N/A

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

20 Comments for Yahtzee!: Kentucky’s current 2014 football recruiting class



  1. asdf
    2:12 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    The next step: get this bunch to signing day. When the losses start piling up this year, and they will because we have by far the toughest schedule in the nation, the poachers will be out in force. Coach has to keep their eyes on the prize. Two years out is when we get to make some noise.



  2. Rockfield, KY
    2:18 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    1. I hope they can hold on to them and sign them all. I just made a bet with my buddy (WKU fan) that we would still be a top 10 class on Rivals after signing day. For a nice bottle of bourbon.



  3. Risky
    2:25 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #2 your buddy will enjoy the bourbon. No troll here and this level of recruiting is certainly exciting. When the ink dries, however, its going to be #15 – 20 or so, which is still amazing.



  4. Creeker
    2:33 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like alot more defensive players than offensive players. That is the best thing about Coach Stoops – UK going to have a top defense.



  5. Twitter Account Denied
    2:35 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Are the last 3 guys all 6’4-275?



  6. Michael F. Jox
    2:35 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #2 – Hate to agree with #3 but your friend’s gonna win that one. Once all the 5 star recruits start picking, UK’s dropping. Plus, people don’t really consider the fact that half of these recruits that have given their verbal will most likely open their recruitment back up. No one gets the fact that maybe, just maybe, these kids are going along with this ride to enjoy all the attention that they get from BBN via twitter and other social media.



  7. Bobbum man
    3:10 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Wow flannigan is huge 6’4 275 lb linebacker??? He’s the same size as the defensive tackle right below him, hate to be the running back heading towards him



  8. Bobbum man
    3:12 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Lol ok I was wondering if that was right that’s a enormous lb



  9. Tampa Satchel
    3:15 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    3-No reason to believe Stoops & Co. cannot hold onto the cast majority of them. It is natural for some to be poached, but we have every chance to poach too, so I don’t imagine we will lose much. In fact, if we can hang near the top, I bet they could make some inroads on higher rated talent.

    While a 15-20 rated class would be just fine, I don’t think it’s out of the question to fall in the 10-15 range. Since Stoops has no track record from which to draw your negative conclusions, then you are basing your projections from previous coaching regimes which couldn’t hold a candle to this one.



  10. Tampa Satchel
    3:17 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    7-Wachu lookin’ at Willis?



  11. kadizkat
    3:17 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #6, you may be right but you may be wrong. However, you have to factor in Drew Barker and the effort he is making to get these guys committed to each other. If he succeeds, they’ll be less likely to open up their recruitment. No guarantees, but it is a good plan and appears, at least to this point, to be working.



  12. Bobbum man
    3:20 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    10- he changed it :/



  13. Tim
    3:24 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #2 you also have to consider which service your friend is going to count it on. These recruit rankings vary heavily service to service. For example Denzel Ware is listed as a 3* here, but on espn he is a 4* and an espn 150 player.

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/_/id/169959/denzel-ware



  14. Tim
    3:25 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    nevermind. Just looked at your post again. You clearly said Rivals.



  15. Risky
    3:44 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    #9 I really didn’t base my post (#3) on the assumption that this class will be poached. It’s just simple #’s. UK has 17 commits, more commits than all of the other top 25 ranked teams but two. And lots of uncommitted 4/5 star kids out there. I simply think that Bama, UGA, Michigan, LSU and the other traditional powers will pass us up as they add commits. No i am not basing my assumptions on previous UK coaches. Not being negative, it’s just a numbers game. No shame in dropping down to 15-20.



  16. Ron Burgundy
    4:10 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Yahtzee Game 2 clearly didn’t get the Upper Section Bonus… Drew, you need a different picture. Not that I’m superstitious or anything.



  17. dshwildcats
    5:00 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not really worried whether we finish in the Top 10 or not! A Top 20 class would simply be awesome for a school for like Kentucky, that is not a traditional football power. We will probably lose a few kids between now and February, but that’s typical, and shouldn’t be a reason for the fan base to hit the “panic button”. I think most of these kids know that we’re going to have a rough year. I think Coach Stoops and his staff have sold these kids on an offensive and defensive system; and, the chance to play in the best football conference in the nation.

    Let’s enjoy this uncharted territory, and not worry about what may, or may not, happen in February!



  18. g
    7:51 pm June 17, 2013 Permalink

    Must be a bunch of overrated scrubs if they want to play football at UK



  19. CatomicBomb
    8:29 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    18 – Clearly they are a lot of “scrubs” that UofL wanted as well, since I’m seeing a lot of “________ Picked Kentucky over Little Brother Louisville”. Okay, okay I added the little brother part, but you know they’re all thinking that already…



  20. Will
    10:56 am June 18, 2013 Permalink

    #1 is right. When the losses start coming, the big boys will be beating down their doors. If this class sticks it out and signs those letters, 2015, 2016 and 2017 are going to be the seasons that UK fans have always dreamed of. GO BIG BLUE!!!