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KSR Football Podcast: 2018 Early Signing Day Special

You thought we’d only have one KSR Football Podcast for our incredible listeners this week? You thought wrong.

After our Citrus Bowl Special on Tuesday, the KSR crew decided to release yet another special edition of the podcast focused on Kentucky’s successful haul on Wednesday’s Early Signing Day.

Nick Roush, Jack Pilgrim, and Adam Luckett threw on their headsets and discussed:

  • How the KSR crew avoided a Signing Day tragedy.
  • Why is the coaching staff so confident?
  • Freddie had Josh Allen. Luckett has KD McDaniel
  • Kentucky’s massive haul in the front seven
  • Recruiting pitches
  • Versatility in the class

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Vince Marrow: “This is probably the best linebacker corp we’ve signed since we’ve been here”

Vince Marrow got us all excited by teasing some more “very interesting things” still on the way, but he also raved about the players who signed with Kentucky this morning, particularly on defense.

“First of all, this is probably the best linebacker corp we’ve signed since we’ve been here,” Marrow said on KSR. “Very talented young men. A lot of top guys in the Top 250 and three in our own state, Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff, Jared Casey, and JJ Weaver. We’re very excited about these guys, but the whole group is very, very athletic, long, physical and can run.”

Knight-Goff, Casey, and Weaver are all from Louisville, an area that’s churning out so much talent these days Mark Stoops asked Marrow to prioritize it alongside Ohio.

“I spend a lot of time in Ohio and at one point, [Stoops] said, ‘I need you to go into Louisville. We need to really make our presence there.’ Going in there, there are some real good high school coaches but man, I can tell you, there’s really good talent there. There’s probably, in Louisville, I think seven guys that could play in the SEC and we signed five out of the seven.”

Like the 2015 class that included Josh Allen, Jordan Jones, Christ Westry, and Derrick Baity, Marrow believes this class includes some players that flew under the radar.

“Yeah, no doubt. We’ve got some kids in this class, like Shawn’Kel Knight-Goff. He’s just as talented as any of the four-star linebackers, but this kid never went to camps. A lot of these kids don’t go out and get showcased because some of these kids work jobs or whatever their circumstances are.”

Because the 2015 class is on its way out, Kentucky had to make defense a priority in the 2019 class. Marrow is confident this group fits the bill.

“I’m going to love to see what these guys turn out to be,” Marrow added. “When you look at these linebackers, dude, I’m telling you, these guys are — a lot of people wanted these guys. They’re a pretty good bunch.”


JUCO Defensive Back Quandre Mosely Commits to KENTUCKY


For the second time today, Kentucky received a commitment from a lengthy cornerback.

Quandre Mosely announced on ESPN Radio Coastal Georgia that he will be a Kentucky Wildcat.  The Arizona JUCO defensive back picked UK over Utah and Oregon.  Mostly will enroll at UK in January for spring practice.

“That was the best fit.  When I went there I felt like home,” Mosely said.

Mosely will be the 21st signee in Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class.  247 ranks Mosely as the No. 2 junior college safety and No. 16 JUCO prospect in America.  After playing safety in junior college, the sixth 2019 signee from Georgia will move to cornerback at Kentucky.

When Mosely was asked what kind of player the Big Blue Nation is getting, he responded, “The best player in the world.”  See for yourself:

Mark Stoops is Working on an Afternoon Signee


Mark Stoops received national letters of intent from 20 prospects this morning.  Almost half are expected to arrive on campus in January for UK’s spring semester.  That number could continue to grow.

We’re working on one defensive back right now late into the day here. Maybe have some news later on today. We’ll see,” Stoops said at his signing day press conference.

That one defensive back is safety Quandre Mosely.  The 6’1″ safety from Eastern Arizona College is considered the No. 16 JUCO prospect in the nation by 247 Sports.  Mosely officially visited UK December 7.  He’s also considering Utah and Oregon.  If the Georgia native chooses UK, he will be the 2019 class’ sixth player from the Peach State. Mosely is expected to make his announcement around 2:45 ET.

After this afternoon, Stoops will use the final spots in the class for the best available prospects.

“Obviously I want to carry some forward into February. I want to have some available. You never know what’s going to happen, what’s going to shake out,” he said.

“There’s a lot of talk and motion with kids nowadays with transfers and things of that nature, and certainly just the recruiting, the guys that are available still. We’re on some really good kids that we knew were going to take it into February. We’re still going to continue to battle with those guys as well.”

Four-star recruits Devonta Lee and Jammie Robinson are top priorities for Kentucky heading into the February signing day.

Stoops’ comments do raise concerns about JaVonte Richardson and Elijah James.  The two Iowa Western CC teammates committed to Kentucky were expected to sign this morning.  Stoops’ comments don’t appear to include that duo.  Why that is the case, I do not know.  One can only assume it’s because they can’t find a fax machine in western Iowa.