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Go North, young man! How Ohio changed the game.

Looking back now it seems obvious. Kentucky, the northernmost school in the SEC should take advantage of it’s proximity to the talent rich neighbor. A state with the population to produce guys with the answers to Kentucky’s inherent limitations. In the South Kentucky will always play second fiddle to the Floridas, Alabamas, and Georgias of the world. In Ohio they can make a stronger case than anyone not named OSU. Kentucky’s own high schools may produce enough talent to fill the first tier of skill positions but not enough to build the depth needed to compete in the nation’s best conference. Ohio has that in bunches. Yet, inĀ  the recent history of Kentucky football no coach took advantage of the North. That is until Stoops rolled into Lexington.

Since Stoops’ arrival UK has picked up eighteen recruits and three transfers that hail from the state of Ohio. That’s 4 in 2013, 13 in 2014 and 4 so far for this next class. Of those 18, 13 were ranked in Ohio’s top 40 players. Kentucky has gone into Ohio, competed with the big dogs, and won. Previous staffs had the mentality that they should only target guys they knew they could land and as such UK had only signed 5 top 40 Ohio guys while Rich and Joker were calling the plays in Lexington. Stoops and Marrow, Ohio natives, have the mentality that they back down from no one and so far it’s been nothing but success.

Time will tell if Ohio players can bring success in the SEC but with guys like Heard, Horton, Edwards, and Baker expected to make an immediate impact we should have an answer pretty soon.

Kentucky isn’t finished in Ohio for 2015 either. They want more players from the Buckeye state to round out the 2015 class. Will players like Darrin Hall, Nick Conner, and Anthony Mckee come be a hero? Only they know. One thing for sure, Ohio is going to be a Kentucky hotbed for years to come.

What do you think the impact of all these player from OH will be on the SEC?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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23 Comments for Go North, young man! How Ohio changed the game.

  1. TDog
    2:44 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Williamson drafted by TN!

  2. L1C4
    3:13 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Who cares? UofK will never beat us again in football.

    • MC from Tiline
      3:48 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      Before the last 3, UK put it on y’all 4 in a row. Remember that. About to start a new streak.

    • Is Class a Prerequisite for U of L?
      3:49 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      You are pathetic. Focus on your team, not ours…

  3. #L1C4
    3:13 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Remember, we will still beat that butt. UL is a destination for a coach, UK is a stop over. #BCSBowlWinner

    • And you are?
      3:50 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      And you are a stop over for…nothing. Get lost.

    • Admiral Halsey
      3:52 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      Tell that to Charlie Strong and Pre-scandal Bobby Petrino.

    • quit while you are behind
      4:45 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      U of Smell a “destination” school, not a stopover? Right on the heels of Charlie Strong using U of Smell as a four-year stepping stone to Texas??? Then Tom (win-at-all-costs) Jurich…most assuredly at the strong “urging” of Louisville’s Big Dollar (win-at-all-costs) boosters…embarrassed themselves by bring back the infamous for all the wrong reasons Bobby Petrino? The most well-known “use U of Smell” as a steppingstone” coach who ever coached the Cards…screwed Jurich over before…screwed the Atlanta Falcons over bigger than life…before reviving the Razorback program in Arkansas…only to run roughshod over the rules of both morality AND ethics…morality by cheating on his wife…never an issue with Jurich though…those are “personal” matters…but illegally hired the hot young college girl he was banging on the side…for a paid position on his staff (so, I guess at that juncture she was “on his staff” in more ways than one)…at a state-funded university…both unethical AND illegal…discovered when Bobby wrecked his motorcycle with young lass aboard…but not before lying repeatedly to his boss…the AD at Arkansas…it got SO bad they HAD to fire him…he sits a year…goes to Western Ky…uses them as a one-year stepping stone…Charlie bolts the Tards…and Jurich brings back Bobby “Evel Kneivel” Petroleum Jelly??? Oh My GOD! Couldn’t get any better if Hollywood had scripted it! But Bobby promised Tom he would not lie to him again. And hey…everyone makes mistakes…and everyone (just about everyone) deserves second chances…but to bring back that clown shoe was a highly dubious choice…it may work out…only time will tell…but the majority of the U of Smell fanbase echoed the same win-at-all-costs- or more so “beat UK every year by as many points as possible” mentality…as the schools athletics department leadership…so what was Jurich to do? He had to rehire the guy. But U of Smell a “destination” job in football? Sorry to burst your bubble, but…more like a “best I can get these days” job for a one-year coach from Western Kentucky. The can can coach. No question. But is their no shame in Louisville? Guess not…

  4. Joe
    3:17 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    I love it! I bleed blue but live in football talent-laden northern Ohio. I believe we’ll witness more of these studs spurn the Big Ten and head to UK to compete against the best.

    • Bubba
      3:32 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      Well Stoops better pull out a winning season this year or the spiel he is pitching to recruits isn’t going to fly any longer. It will be, come to Kentucky to get run over by everyone else.

  5. CAT888
    3:23 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Never understood hiring Coaches who could not recruits any players from where they had previously recruited especiall Coaches such as Brooks and Archer who had been Head coaches long enough to pick up second generation players or why UK didn’t hire assistiants Coaches from Ohio that could Recruit Ohio, Curry tried to send Coaches from Ala. and Georgia to Ohio and the rest of the North didn’t even speak the same English.. These Coaches have did a tremendious Job and I think it has changed UK football forever.

  6. gobgblu37
    3:32 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    It’s about time. Ohio has lots of excellent players that can turn our team around and Stoops is getting it done! GBB!!!

  7. bluegrassstu
    3:34 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    In 2007 (?) Urban Meyer and his Gators curbstomped a whole team of players from Ohio for the national title, I believe that pretty says it all. Maybe Coach Stoops should try getting players out of Florida and Georgia, instead of Ohio. Also the following year Les MIles curbstomped a bunch of them Buckeyes for the National Title. Pretty much says it all,

    • Billy Hill
      3:58 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      You are a freakin’ moron. Do you somehow think people are made differently in Florida or Georgia?

    • That would suck....
      8:44 am May 11, 2014 Permalink

      If having UK make it all the way to the football game and lose is all we can do the I say fire Stoops now

  8. bluegrassstu
    3:35 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    One more thing, if them buckeye teams had been in the SEC and not in the weak big10, they would not have made it to either title game.

    • Opinions are like
      3:52 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

      I also seem to remember Ohio State curbstomping an Arkansas team in the 2011 Sugar Bowl. Now STFU troll.

  9. Catfan32
    4:00 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Bluegrassstu do a little research before popping off at the mouth. Stoops and company are not just recruiting Ohio. They are getting players from all over. They are going into Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Alabama, North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and other states to get recruits. Don’t let facts get in the way of stupidity. You must be an under cover UofL fan. If u were a Cats fan u would of known that. But I give u an A for the stupidity. Go Cats!!! Stoops Troops!!!!

    • bluegrassstu
      9:03 am May 11, 2014 Permalink

      Catfan: if I was a Louisville fan I would hang myself. Loserville is the worst college. Any college that employs role models (coaches especially, that commit adultery) is despicable. Loserville is a very desperate university, very desperate.

  10. classof68
    4:06 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    It was obvious to a lot of people years ago that UK should recruit Ohio as heavily as it could. The problem was we didn’t have any connections there (or anywhere except one small area of GA). Joker was obviously not a good recruiter no matter what anyone says. If I were Stoops I would also start looking at PA. A lot of football players up there too. And it’s right next to Ohio. Back in the 60’s at one point we had almost as many players from PA as KY.

  11. Geography police
    5:09 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew you are under arrest. Both the state of Missouri as well as the city of Colimbia (Missouri) are further NORTH than Lexington and the state of Kentucky

  12. Flyingkat
    5:59 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    You guys need to study your UK football history. Every UK coach that has seriously competed in the SEC has gone north for good players to compete with. Bear Bryant, Fran Curci, and Jerry Claiborne all used the formula that Stoops has rediscovered for success. Get all the good in state players and then go to Ohio and Pennsylvania to get the talent needed to compete in the SEC. Curci even said that it is much easier to convince a good player from a northern state to come south to Kentucky, than to convince a southern player to come north….

  13. GoBigBlue
    6:08 pm May 10, 2014 Permalink

    Is not Columbia, Missouri, now technically the northernmost school in the SEC?