With the 2014 Kentucky football recruiting class, the integral early piece of the puzzle was the commitment of highly touted quarterback Drew Barker. Barker’s commitment got the ball rolling for arguably one of the best classes in Kentucky football history. Barker’s early decision gave confidence to many other members of the 2014 class that a key position was going to be filled and could be built around. Barker also obviously had a heavy hand in the recruitment process of many of the players to pick Kentucky afterwards.
For the 2015 class, the timing has played out a little differently. Another big in-state name is on the board, perhaps the biggest in-state talent in years. Damien Harris of Madison Southern, right here in the heart of central Kentucky, is the #1 nationally ranked running back in the 2015 class. Harris is the 4th overall player nationally in the class. Harris could become not only Mark Stoops’ biggest in-state haul since his arrival in Lexington, but also his biggest haul nationally. Although Harris has made plenty of trips to Kentucky to familiarize himself with the staff, team and program– Harris has yet to pull the early trigger in the fashion of Drew Barker. Instead, Kentucky is quickly setting the perfect table for a star running back with a 2015 class loaded with offensive line talent for Harris to run behind. If the early 2015 recruiting class Kentucky already has in place doesn’t entice Damien Harris to consider Kentucky hard, I don’t know what could.
Kentucky currently holds 2015 commitments from 4 impressive offensive linemen. Luke Hiers headlines the class as a 4-star OL, ranked as one of the top 5 in the country at center. Logan Stenberg, Larry Wells and Mason Wolfe make up the rest of the offensive line commitments, all coming in rated as 3-stars by Rivals.
Here’s a look at the load that could be up front for Damien Harris:
6-3, 290 lbs.
6-6, 327 lbs.
6-6, 310 lbs.
6-5, 299 lbs.
The early commitments on the offensive line have caught the attention of Harris– who also had a wonderful experience at Kentucky’s Spring game a few weekends ago.
Harris holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC. Just look at the list of names Kentucky is heavily in the mix with for Harris’ services.
Keep bulking up that line, Stoops.