Mark Stoops’ early recruiting success at Kentucky has been unprecedented. Now he has some wins to reinforce what he’s been pitching to top prospects.
“We’re going to continue to step up our game, and continue to recruit at an even higher level, and with the wins, it’ll help us do that,” Stoops said in an interview with ESPN Radio’s Championship Drive.
There are many obstacles when recruiting at UK. Recruits want to play in the SEC, but you can have a Top 30 recruiting class and still finish at No. 12 in the league. Winning games against SEC opponents has put the Cats in a much better position.
“I’ve been extremely pleased with the way this class is shaping up, the way our coaches are recruiting. We feel like we have many great players that have great interest in Kentucky. I definitely see it moving the needle to a more positive direction and having an opportunity to close on some big-time difference-makers. That’s what it takes.”
Stoops is pleased with the foundation they’ve built, but it takes big wins to get over the hump. They have that opportunity with over two dozen top prospects planning to attend the Georgia game. Three-star defensive end B.J. Sharpe and four-star defensive lineman Josh Paschal (brother of former Wildcat and current G.A. TreVaughn Paschal) are two that could be immediate difference-makers.
“Now we need to close on some difference-makers that take our program to another level.”