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Comparing the 2014 and 2017 football recruiting classes

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With the addition of Lynn Bowden to the 2017 recruiting class yesterday, Kentucky’s class is now listed in the Top 25 of every major website.

Joe Mussatto of SEC Country compared the 2014 class, the best in program history from Stoops second year at UK, and 2017 class to figure out which one was really the best.

The class of 2014 brought Kentucky six four-star recruits, the top ones being Drew Barker, Matt Elam and Darius West. However, it was several others who contributed the most, according to Mussatto:

“Boom Williams, who declared for the NFL Draft, was the No. 5 prospect in the class and was a 1,000-yard rusher in his junior season. He averaged more than 6.5 yards per carry in his three seasons with the Wildcats and found the end zone 20 times. Kentucky had no more dynamic playmaker than Williams.

Safety Mike Edwards and linebacker Denzil Ware have developed into two of Kentucky’s best defenders. Both were top-10 commitments of the 2014 class. Edwards was second on the team with 100 tackles and intercepted Lamar Jackson twice in the regular-season finale against Louisville. Ware was Kentucky’s fourth-leading tackler and was second on the team in sacks and tackles for loss.”

Overall, the 2014 class was ranked No. 22 and tenth in the SEC by 247Sports and then No. 18 and ninth in the SEC by Rivals.

From the class of 2017 Kentucky has four five-star recruits coming in, the top ones being Lynn Bowden, JaVonte Richardson and Joshua Paschal. Ranked N0. 21 and ninth in the SEC by 247 Sports and No. 17 and eighth in the SEC by Rivals. Time will tell with this class, just as it did with the 2014 class but here’s what Mussatto had to say about it:

Bowden projects as a slot receiver and he will join incoming No. 2 prospect JaVonte Richardson in the pass catching corps. The Cats are loading up on playmakers and 4-star wide receiver prospect Danny Davis (Springfield, Ohio) remains a top target.

Defensive end is another position group that sticks out. Three of the top-8 commits in the class are defensive ends, led by 4-star Joshua Paschal (Olney, Md.). Three-star prospects Alex King (Mason, Ohio) and Jordan Wright (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are the other two.”

National signing day is just a little more than two weeks away, meaning the staff will be spending the time keeping the recruits they have settled with Kentucky. February 1st will tell the tale of which class is the better.

To read the rest of Joe’s post, click here.

Article written by Haley Simpson

I'm from Bullitt County but I'm not a 6'9 power forward with a solid outside shot. Follow me on Twitter: @haleysimpKSR

8 Comments for Comparing the 2014 and 2017 football recruiting classes

  1. WeareBBN
    7:14 pm January 15, 2017 Permalink

    The top 3 you list from 2014 have done little unless you count what Elam has done at the buffet. Really hope we don’t have to compare this group to that 2014 group for long, really think this class will do alot at UK including this season.

  2. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    8:24 pm January 15, 2017 Permalink

    For his sake, I hope he makes it to the NFL. Because with that neck tattoo, he will be lucky to work at Wendy’s.

  3. hweathers
    8:38 pm January 15, 2017 Permalink

    I think I would hold the comparisons until they sign on the dotted line.

  4. hweathers
    8:39 pm January 15, 2017 Permalink

    I think I would hold the comparisons until they actually sign.

  5. Luether
    8:46 pm January 15, 2017 Permalink

    Neck tatoos or not – we need a lot more of these guys to successfully compete in the SEC…

  6. Papa G
    3:10 am January 16, 2017 Permalink

    Haley, you wrote that we have four 5-star recruits in the class of 2017. We have zero 5-star recruits. We have four 4-star recruits in the class of 2017.