Earlier today we were reminded by Drew Franklin that regardless of last night’s very late and insane circumstance in Fayetteville, Julius Randle was was in his desk for class at 8:00 AM this morning. I am here to remind you that he wasn’t the only one in class this morning; today the college careers of seven members of the class of 2014 began. The unofficial future of Kentucky football is finally in the building to begin learning immediately. Here are some insufficient summaries from the two JUCO transfers and five early high school graduates.
Drew Barker– The Future, Golden Boy, All-American, Big Blue Drew, etc. etc. The 6’4 phenom showed in just two drives during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he is equipped with the tools to lead a Neal Brown offense; this semester he’ll have the time to prove it to his coaches.
Mikel Horton– Neal Brown had nothing but good things to say about this powerful Ohio Running Back last week on KSR, “I think he’s as good of a big running back as any other in the country.” Horton will join forces with a swarm of fellow young’uns at RB.
Thaddeus ‘Bluegrass’ Snodgrass– A joy to watch, this 4.4 40-yard dash WR committed to the Cats Live with Matt Jones on KSR. The 4-Star prospect will get plenty of reps this Spring as the Cats try to add depth at the most inexperienced position, wide receiver.
Dorian Hendrix– Avery Williamson leaves a HUGE void at MLB this year, a void that can hopefully be filled by the big fella, Dorian Hendrix. The first commit of the 2014 class enters a linebacking core that returns only two players (Khalid Henderson, TreVaughn Paschal) with significant playing time.
T.V. Williams– Every uptempo offense needs a ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ in the slot to stretch the field to create space for big plays. TV can fill that role for the Cats, allowing the staff more room to do creative things with Ryan Timmons.
Cory Johnson (JUCO)- While fans sweat out Matt Elam’s decision for another few weeks, another gigantic defensive tackle is putting in work on campus. Johnson was listed as 300 pounds, but when Mark Stoops announced the signing of Johnson in early December, he laughed it off saying that he was currently “at least 330.”
A.J. Stamps (JUCO)- Not many people knew Stamps his freshman year as a wide receiver with Za’Darius Smith’s East Mississippi Community College, but after switching to the defensive side of the ball it took Stoops’ staff til the 11th hour to beat out Ohio State for the 6’0 cornerback’s services.
It’s easy to anticipate what they’ll look like on the field, but it’s even easier to forget the transition for high school kids to college. It can be a little overwhelming to live on your own for the first time, and the schedule for D-I athletes can be brutal; Dorian Hendrix is starting to figure that out.
My schedule with School and football is gonne be tough
— Dorian Hendrix (@D_Hendrix14) January 14, 2014
How tough is it? Drew Barker’s pic says it all:
— -Drew Barker- (@D_Barker7) January 13, 2014