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Kentucky Extends Official 2020 Football Scholarship Offers


August 1 marks the beginning of Kentucky football camp and the start of a new recruiting calendar year.

Football Subdivision Schools can now officially extend scholarship offers to prospective recruits. It’s not the first time a team will verbally offer a scholarship to an athlete, but it’s the first time they can put it on the record. Throughout the day UK football recruits will be sharing the photoshopped messages they’ve received from the school. Four-star wide receiver commit Kalil Branham was the first to share his on Twitter.


Louisville wide receiver Jordan Watkins also got in on the action.


In the month of August, Kentucky cannot contact recruits in-person, except for the 48 hours leading into the Cats’ first game of the season August 31. Once the calendar turns to September, things heat up in the class of 2021. Coaches will then be able to call or text recruits like Dekel Crowdus and Jager Burton.

Four-star safety picks Michigan over Kentucky

Photo: University of Michigan

Kentucky’s been on a recruiting roll this summer, but they weren’t able to pry a four-star safety from his home state school.

Makari Paige, the No. 22 safety in the 2020 class, committed to Michigan tonight, which isn’t terribly surprising considering he visited the Wolverines for their BBQ at the Big House event this past weekend. Kentucky was in his top four, along with Ohio State and Penn State.

The Cats have other irons in the fire at safety, namely Vito Tisdale from Bowling Green and Rickey Hyatt Jr. from Westerville, Ohio; in fact, all three picks in Hyatt’s Crystal Ball are for Kentucky, a very promising sign.

Monday Night Football Notes: Fake College Football Quotes

Hello, Big Blue Nation. Nice to see you, in spite of the circumstances. The Fourth of July has past. There’s no more European football, just hot, steamy 90-degree days for the foreseeable future. We must wait 54 days to see the start of the Kentucky football season. It’s going to be brutal, but I’m confident we can power through talking season, one that, like the weather, is off to a hot start.

Deep Fakes Strike College Football

One Twitter account is stirring the pot in the middle of the offseason. @CFBQuotes is a bad parody account that takes itself seriously. The maker of graphics intended to go viral, last week it produced a quote from Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal that was completely fabricated.

After an immediate fiery response from each fanbase, the reporter refuted the quote and the Twitter account responded with some form of, “It was just a joke. Why is everyone so mad? haha”

After successfully stoking the fire, the account brought out the big guns by intervening in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.  The account shared a graphic of a “deleted Tweet” from Wolverines QB Shea Patterson that appeared to call out his head coach, Jim Harbaugh, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Upon first glance, it looks like Patterson intended for the Tweet to come from a burner account.

If you look closely, you can see signs of photoshopping in the Tweet near the underscore, as pointed out by Patterson, who avoided taking the typical “I was hacked” approach. Besides, if Patterson did accidentally Tweet the bulletin board material, surely another one of his 50,000 followers would have caught it.

College football fans go to great lengths to terrorize opposing fanbases. Some of it’s good natured rivalrying, while other times it’s downright cruel (see: Harvey Updyke). What makes this development strange is that it’s not one fanbase going after another. This account simply wants to get clicks, follows and create chaos during a slow part of the college football season. Some men just want watch the world burn.

(h/t Awful Announcing)

Official Visit Set

The last domino left from UK’s June football recruiting madness officially fell when Richie Leonard announced his commitment to Florida last Friday. Things will slow down as we near the season, but a few players will still trickle in before Stoops and Marrow host extravagant events on Kentucky football game days.

Ohio defensive back Rickey Hyatt Jr. told Rivals he has tentatively planned to officially visit Kentucky on the final weekend in July. A three-star safety from Benny Snell’s alma mater, Westerville Central, in the month of June the track star camped at nearby Ohio State and took an official visit to Michigan State. North Carolina and Cincinnati are also contenders. Pulling Hyatt away from Ohio State will be no small task.

Category: Ironic Urban Meyer Retirement Plans

Answer for $800: “What is a podcast on elite leadership, culture and behavior?” 

The podcast is not satire. The Focus 3 podcast is a real thing that will debut this Wednesday. If there’s one person who needs to give lessons on how to create a culture where good behavior thrives, it’s the man who constructed the 2007 Florida Gators’ roster.

T.J. Carter: IT Expert

Kentucky’s 4 for 40 series is highlighting summer internships by the Wildcats. This one has got to be the most difficult to date. Dealing with IT issues at a bank? I can’t even get the KSR printer to work. Now we know who to call to get things back in order.

I can almost see Hoover

Next week Hoover, Alabama is the center of the universe. The Wynfrey Hotel will be filled with Sunkist, Dr. Pepper, Belk mannequins, Paul Finebaum, the deep-voiced guy from Touchdown ALABAMA and dozens of sweaty fans screaming “ROLL TIDE!” Folks, that’s what I like to call paradise. Mark Stoops and the Wildcats will not be there till Thursday, but I’ll be there for every single second. As the great Bart Scott once said, “CAN’T WAIT!”

Of all the commitment videos in the world, this is certainly one of them…

Of all the commitment videos in the world, this is certainly one of them…

Bryce Mostella, a four-star defensive end out of Grand Rapids, MI in the class of 2020, announced his commitment to the 2019 Citrus Bowl runner-up Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday afternoon.

What relevance does this have to Kentucky football recruiting? Well, none really. Mostella did hold an offer from the Wildcats and UK’s go-to recruiting guru for Michigan recruits, Steven Clinkscale, was his primary recruiter, but Kentucky wasn’t seen as a serious candidate to land the talented pass-rusher.

The way he announced his school of choice, though, is what makes this important for the Big Blue Nation to see.

I promise it will blow your mind and/or freak you out. Likely both.

Between multiple conversations with himself in the dark, getting beaten up by himself, the paint, the dancing, and the five seconds of Mostella’s actual commitment, this thing is a true masterpiece.

Or a failure. I still haven’t decided.

5 Things to Know About Samuel Anaele

5 Things to Know About Samuel Anaele

Late Monday night Samuel Anaele officially flipped his commitment from Miami to Kentucky. You are probably already well aware that he’s a talented edge rusher. Here are a few things you may not know about Anaele.

1. One of the Highest Ranked Commits Ever

Mark Stoops has picked up a few talented recruits over the years. Only two commitments have ever been ranked higher by Rivals than Anaele, the No. 5 defensive end and No. 96 player in America. Landon Young was No. 29 overall and one of Anaele’s future teammates on the defensive line, Justin Rogers, is ranked No. 12 overall.

If you prefer the 247 Sports rankings, Anaele is the tenth-ranked defensive end and No. 160 overall in the 2020 class. Even though he’s not ranked quite as high, in the 247 Sports all-time rankings he’s the eighth-highest ranked commitment since they began charting recruiting rankings in 2000.

2. Another One for Clinkscale

Vince Marrow’s developed quite a reputation as a recruiter, but he isn’t doing it all by himself. In 2017 Eddie Gran reeled in a handful of players from South Florida. More recently, Jon Sumrall has picked up a few commitments from the South. Meanwhile, Steve Clinkscale invested heavily into Michigan. That has paid dividends over the last two classes. Marquan McCall was the highest-ranked player in the state. He came to UK with DeAndre Square, who made the SEC’s All-Freshman team in 2018. Clink brought in the biggest fish to date with Justin Rogers’ commitment, then went South Florida to convince Anaele to commit to UK. The Cats have a pair of Top 100 players in the 2020 class thanks to Coach Clink.

3. New to Football

Anaele is one of the best football players in America and he’s only played the game for three years. Born in Nigeria, he began his athletic career with a roundball on the hardwood. His career trajectory mirrors Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald, a Nigerian-born Kentucky defensive lineman who first came to Florida as a basketball player. The two posed for a picture on Anaele’s most recent visit to Lexington.


4. He’s at The Opening Finals

Last week recruits flocked to Atlanta for Rivals Five-Star Challenge. This week’s invitation only national football camp is hosted by Nike at Jerry World in Dallas. He’s the only UK commitment in attendance, but one of Lexington’s finest, Frederick Douglass rising junior wide receiver Dekel Crowdus, is making plays.

5. A Low Profile Recruit

Even though he’s one of the top-ranked players in America, Anaele has stayed out of the public eye. Interviewed only once every few months, he’s not concerned with all the hoopla that surrounds the crazy industry. A wise man once said there’s a difference between somebody who likes being a football player vs. someone who likes to play football. Anaele is the latter, determined to put in the work to become a significant contributor at the next level.