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Linebackers, check

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With the new commitment of Jordan Jones, Kentucky went 2-for-2 on its top linebacker targets in the 2015 recruiting class. Jones and in-state prospect Eli Brown were at the top of the priority list, now they’re on a new list: 2015 UK commits.

Brown is the headliner of the current class and one of the three or four biggest commitments of the Mark Stoops era, along with Drew Barker, Matt Elam and Jason Hatcher. But Jones is no scrub and may have just as much potential, supported by an offer sheet that included the Oklahoma Sooners, Miami Hurricanes and West Virginia Mountaineers.

Kentucky could still add another linebacker or two as there are a few more highly-touted guys on the board with interest in the Cats  — Marrow has eyes on another Ohio kid, Nick Conner — but if Brown and Jones are it for 2015, it’s still a great haul for the position, one that needs all it can get right now.

Go Cats, everybody.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

12 Comments for Linebackers, check



  1. RandyB
    12:51 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    I really hope UK gets Connor, and Emmitt Smith of Bowling Green. Smith is a 6-1, 230 Inside Linebacker with a 247 Composite Score off .8875 when 90 is a 4-0-Star. This is higher that Jones, yet he only has an offer from Western. When I have asked why UK hasn’t offered, I get that he has slow lateral quickness. But hey, KJorem could work on that. Plus both Brown and Jones are used to playing outside linebacker.



  2. UK
    1:07 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    Is the Hilliard kid from St. X in Cincinnati out of the question?



    • RandyB
      1:29 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      As of May 5, Cat’s Pause Josh Edwards had the Linebackers still on UK’s board as
      Nick Conner and Austin Smith, along with Jones, of course.



  3. Nick Connor
    1:40 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    Nick Connor lives in the suburbs of Columbus. He grew up a Buckeye fan. He’s been in close contact with Urban Meyer and staff, but hasn’t received an offer yet. He, himself, said in an interview that an offer from Ohio State would put them in the driver’s seat for his recruitment. The only way Kentucky would have a shot is if Ohio State didn’t offer him.



    • SEC
      2:02 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      That’s what Kentucky has to do. They have to feed on the scraps from elite teams like Ohio State.



    • Ryan Timmons
      2:18 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      ^^ sec- really?! Cause I’m pretty sure I told Ohio st. And florida to suck it.



    • Jason Hatcher
      2:20 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      ^^ sec- really?! Cause I’m pretty sure I told Usc to suck it.



    • SEC
      3:03 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      It was pretty hard for Ryan Timmons to tell Ohio State to suck it, when Ohio State told him they didn’t have a scholarship available for him. http://kentuckysportsradio.com/1/ryan-timmons-tuesday-news-and-views/ “Ohio State is also high on Timmons’ list, although reports last week say Ohio State has backed off its pursuit.”

      In state guys are one thing, but trying to recruit out of state against the elite schools is more than an uphill climb for Kentucky.



    • Thaddeus Snodgrass
      6:57 am May 9, 2014 Permalink

      OSU offered me, but I picked the Cats instead.



  4. Matt Elam
    2:18 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    ^^ sec- really?! Cause I’m pretty sure I told Alabama to suck it.



  5. UKfansNKY
    3:15 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

    SEC……come on dude I do believe the SEC has OWNED that elite Ohio St. Team over the years and oh btw your Ohio St. Coach is a product of the SEC you know the BEST Conf. out there!!



    • SEC
      5:15 pm May 8, 2014 Permalink

      No doubt about it. The SEC rules. That’s why Kentucky should be kicked out. Relegated to a minor conference until it earns it’s way back in.