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Kentucky football setting a nice table for #1 RB Damien Harris




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.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for Kentucky football setting a nice table for #1 RB Damien Harris

  1. NL
    6:40 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Not to mention Krok, Richardson and LaRubbio are all studs from this years class. No doubt that our line will be deep and capable of providing plenty of room for a RB of his caliber to have a very nice career

  2. Come be a hero
    7:26 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink


  3. To State the Obvious
    7:31 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Kid would be a huge get and could only add more momentum to the class to be.

  4. CAYTS!
    10:25 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Man I really want to see this kid in a Kentucky jersey. Stay at home, Mr. Harris, and get this program rolling. I seriously can’t wait for UK Football to become competitive again. It has always amazed me at how much support the the UK Football Program has despite the many many poor seasons. I have been one of those people, and I have only missed 5 home games since 1995. I love what Stoops is doing for this program, and he deserves every bit of that contract extension he received today. Can’t wait for Football Season baby!

    And…. PLEASE, come be a hero, Damien.

  5. SEC
    10:34 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Yes, bulk up that line. It still won’t have the size and athleticism as all the schools mentioned. Air Raid? Yes, let’s talk to the #1 RB and tell him about UKs commitment to running the ball. At the same time, let’s talk to guys like Stamps and other receivers and tell the them about the Air Raid. You can’t have it both ways. If UK does a balanced attacked it gets destroyed. Our only hope is to sell out to either pass or run and stick with it. Mark Stoops is starting to sound like Bernie Madoff. Pay day is coming.

    • Tom Tom cats fan
      10:37 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      This is not a UK fan. Troll. Can’t run the ball and pass?? Uh… Ok. Get lost.

    • Pistol Pete
      11:14 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      You sound like somebody who has never stepped into a football field before!

  6. Tom Tom cats fan
    10:35 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Saw this kid at the Cat Walk at Spring Game. Could not have been more impressed. Very calm. Very polite. Carries himself in a very mature way. Would be a huge recruit for us. Other teams want him. We need him to add to a great group if players coming here to finally turn this program around. How good would this kid look in blue and white? Wow….

  7. Blue To The Bone...
    1:17 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Damien had to be impressed by the running game at the spring game and especially by the CAT WALK with everybody yelling his name…Come on Damien …SHOCK THE WORLD and make an early commitment to the CATS and be this years Drew Barker and help bring some more big time players with you…We could play in the sec championship game in your time at KENTUCKY!!!!!!!!

  8. Kim
    9:59 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Great insight Tucker. It was really easy for me to notice the emphasis on linemen. Even though I wondered why, it never occurred to me it was an invitation to Harris. I’m truly impressed.

  9. UKfanNKY
    10:27 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    This young MAN is a STUD!!! Come on Damien be a hero apart of KY FOOTBALL HISTORY the BBN welcomes YOU with open arms!!! Good luck your Senior year the BBN will be watching you…….GO CATS!!!

  10. Someone who knows
    9:36 pm May 7, 2014 Permalink

    How much money is Damien’s momma getting out of it. Someone needs to investigate!!!!!!!!!