Kentucky’s 2016 class is signed, sealed, and delivered, and according to the latest Rivals rankings, it’s the 29th best class in America:
According to Rivals’ rankings, this class is tied with 2013’s for second best in the Stoops Era. If you go by stars, the 2014 class was still the strongest, ranked #17.
- 2016 class: #29
- 2015 class: #36
- 2014 class: #17
- 2013 class: #29
(In case you were wondering, Louisville’s class was ranked 37th.)
Because this is the SEC, Kentucky’s class is only the 11th best in the league:
247 Sports Composite ranks Kentucky’s 2016 class 34th in the nation, ahead of Louisville (36), Missouri (49), and Vanderbilt (53). That’s also tied with 2013 for the second best in the Stoops era behind the 2014 group.
Even though this may not be Stoops’ highest ranked class in terms of stars, he was adamant that it is his best.
“I definitely do. I believe so. I feel that way. I don’t know where the numbers stack up. I don’t really care. From my point of view, absolutely top to bottom, I feel like it’s the most solid group. I feel like there’s elite talent in this group and I feel like there’s great glue, there’s great players, great program guys. There’s guys that you can develop, guys you that can play right away, there’s impact guys, there’s guys that can change the scoreboard, guys that can get difficult yards in the run game, the big uglies you want. I think there’s a nice combination of guys in this group, I definitely do.”
Why do I feel good about this class? These guys: