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Kentucky is 12th toughest recruiting job in football


The college football experts at ESPN Recruiting Nation ranked the 65 jobs in the Power 5 conferences based on difficulty to recruit.

Five factors were considered in the rankings: local recruiting territory; football/recruiting budget; facilities to attract recruits; NFL alumni; and other factors, including gameday atmosphere, academics and tradition.

The programs were ranked from the easiest to toughest jobs, and it may not surprise you that the University of Kentucky is near the bottom.

Mark Stoops’ current position came in at No. 54 on the list, making it the 12th toughest job among all Power 5 programs. Only Vanderbilt was worse in the Southeastern Conference.

Meanwhile, seven of the top 20 were SEC schools, with Georgia earning the top position for the most fertile spot to recruit.

With these rankings it mind, it says a lot about Stoops’ first three classes in Lexington, which ranked well beyond where Kentucky falls on this list. Say what you will about his coaching, coaching hires or in-game adjustments, but the man is doing well with what he has at UK when it comes to bringing in talent.

So he’s got that going for him.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

16 Comments for Kentucky is 12th toughest recruiting job in football

  1. dean winchester
    2:26 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Over time good recruiting can cover a multitude of sins. Like good shooting in basketball hides your other weaknesses. Hope he keeps it going.

  2. Loserville Hater
    2:32 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Even the best recruits need to be well-coached.

  3. RobRaisor
    2:38 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Its Bowl or bust for next season. The talent level is much improved so some development and on the field results need to follow this coming season. I need to see the receivers catch passes that hit them in the hands. I need to see the DLine get pressure without blitzing linebackers. Most of all we need to see the little errors that fall on the coaches during the game come to a stop. Season 4 has to be a season that bears fruit from all the labor and recruiting this staff has done. If not i hate to say it but this fan base will be calling for stoops head. I’m not asking for 10 wins but 6, 7, 8 should be the norm not once every 15 years. Stoops troops need to be combat ready in 2016!! Go Gridiron Cats

  4. Sentient Third Eye
    3:09 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    To be honest there’s been some growing pains for Stoops as a first time head coach, but he’s learning and improving all the time, and we will never get another coaching staff who can recruit like him. Absent a locker room problem, this would have been a 7 win team. I really believe that. Yes, he has to win more next year. It is make or break, but I still say there was steady progress even if circumstances kept this years record from reflecting that.

    • The Professor
      4:52 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      I would question that Stoops is learning and improving. The coaching decisions got worse as the season progressed. We can only speculate about the locker room. What we can see is incompetence in play calling, setting defensive formations, having the right amount of players on the field, preparing for a running QB, defending a zone read, etc. The SEC is full of excellent coaches. Stopps needs to get some sideline help on his staff, now.

  5. jtrue28
    3:20 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    The 2015 class was ranked 35th (Rivals). That’s not bad. Unfortunately, it ranks 12th in the SEC.

  6. Badboy
    3:48 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Another season like the last two and recruiting will drop like a rock.

  7. cats paw
    3:51 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Keep slapping the lipstick on the pig!

    • dean winchester
      4:19 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Cp…serious question. Who in your opinion should replace Stoops? Not Saban or someone unattainable, but who do you believe would take UK where you feel it should be?

    • Booby Petrino
      4:28 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      The only person cats paw wants here is Petrino. He probably wants to put his lipstick on Petrino’s joy stick.

  8. leon singleton
    4:02 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Need ole used car salesman Calipari to help football recruiting.

    • dean winchester
      4:21 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      So….dont like Cal or Stoops but you comment all the time on a UK site?

    • Booby Petrino
      4:31 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

      ole? You putting some Spanish into your comment, or too dumb to know it’s “ol”? Actually it’s not the recruiting we need help with, it’s the coaching.

  9. kyjohn
    4:29 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    And Vanderbilts recruits keep finding ways to eat UK.Heck even ULL and EKU can pretty close this yearI’m just glad UK no longer plays Western.

  10. kybigblue
    4:54 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    EKU up by 2 TD’s in the fourth quarter and this was not even one of their best teams in the FCS. They often make the FCS playoffs but not this year.

  11. bigblueforever
    6:14 pm December 9, 2015 Permalink

    If I was coach of a team playing UK, I’d have a receiver squat down on sideline and then take off for a wide open TD pass. Every play. UK would never figure out how to stop it. As we all witnessed time and again, if something works against this coaching staff, keep running it! They never adjust and can never figure out what to do. They just go back to work the next week.