Think you’re the only one excited for the Spring Game this year? Actually you probably don’t think that. I mean, the chances of only one person being excited about something, no matter what it is, seem pretty small. So we accept that you’re not the only one excited for the Blue & White game, but the point is that it’s important to know who else is excited for it: football players. And not just our football players, but high school football players. The ones who are thinking about coming to Lexington and helping us climb the SEC ladder. Those guys.
And if you enjoy having Top 25 classes under Mark Stoops, like we all do, it’s important that you know the impact a rabid fanbase can have. Especially in April. According to some of Stoops’ biggest recruits, the Blue-White game was their first chance at seeing how crazy UK fans can be, contrary to popular belief. For some, like Army All-American Drew Barker, it even swayed their recruitment in our favor.
For others, like Mikel Horton, it was a glimpse into a raucous Commonwealth Stadium that was enough to inspire both humility and passion.
So don’t take these sorts of exhibitions for granted. We know how important Big Blue Madness is for basketball recruits, so we can go out of our way to make sure these football players have the same sort of experience. It clearly matters. Plus the weather next week looks absolutely, ridiculously terrific. Like, 71 and sunny. As in, “No need to pack pants, people.” It should be a great time.