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What Jon Sumrall’s Addition Means for Kentucky

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Just days after Matt House officially departed for the Kansas City Chiefs, Mark Stoops made his next move.  Multiple Ole Miss media outlets report that former UK linebacker Jon Sumrall will leave Oxford to return for a position at his alma mater.

There’s no other way to spin it: this is a great hire by Mark Stoops.

Sumrall’s credentials are extensive in spite of his age.  In three years at Troy, he served as special teams coordinator and helped Neal Brown’s defense finish in the Top 25 nationally in scoring, rushing and total defense.  The man knows his X’s and O’s.

On the recruiting front, the Huntsville, Alabama native has connections in his home state and its eastern border, Georgia.  In only one year at Ole Miss, he served as the primary recruiter for at least four players in the Rebels’ 22nd-ranked recruiting class, including four-star middle linebacker Lakia Henry, a day-one starter next season.

Most importantly, Sumrall checks all of the boxes to pave the way for Brad White to become UK’s defensive coordinator.

Sumrall can easily fill House’s vacancy as middle linebackers coach, leaving White the opportunity to still coach the edge defenders while coordinating the defense.  Not only does Sumrall give the defensive side of the ball a young, aggressive recruiter, he has ties to an area UK needs to tap into to take the next step.  The cherry on top — Sumrall is a Kentucky guy.  He will not be too eager to leave his old stomping grounds.

In six years as UK’s head coach, Stoops has a knack for finding rising talent in the coaching ranks.  Five of his former defensive assistants are coordinating defenses or special teams in Power Five conferences.  That doesn’t include House’s move to the NFL.  Sumrall is the next UK assistant with an incredibly bright future.

Stoops deserves plenty of praise for the impending move, but I’m giving all the credit to Adam Luckett.  Minutes after news broke about House’s departure, I texted KSR’s resident Gridiron Guru.

He spoke it into existence. Follow that man, BBN. @AdamLuckettBOS

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for What Jon Sumrall’s Addition Means for Kentucky



  1. mashburnfan1
    7:14 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPS! Love the hire and the job Stoops and staff continue to do. I am not a Gran fan but hoping he proves me wrong this season. We could be better than last year if our offense can score a few more points. Orlando was a great week but would love to go to Catlanta for an SEC title game. Can see it happening in the near future.



    • bigbluebanana
      7:52 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

      Just buy season tickets to Atlanta. Or, pull your weight to the sec commissioner and gave them move the title game to your back yard. The possibilities are endless for mashburnfan. To be fair, you are kind of an idiot, so I can see why Stoops, Gran, Cal, or anyone for that matter, couldn’t give two shlts what your input is on anything UK related you pathetic poser.



  2. CB3UK
    7:23 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    This is great news. Cant wait for the spring game. Cayts!



  3. katfan33
    7:23 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Great hire!!



  4. Ridge Runner
    7:32 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome home Jon.



  5. bigbluenationmbb
    7:35 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Brad white is our new dc



  6. zoupman
    8:24 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome. Let’s jeep the momentum going.



  7. KyZoneBlitz
    8:48 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    Man…. it is amazing. There is no other way to say this but, Stoops LITERALLY just hired the best option PERIOD for UK football. Sumrall, an excellent Xs and Os coach, excellent LB coach (the position left coachless after Houses departure to the NFL), plus a great recruiter who will only get better. Just think, we’ve got Brad White and John Sumrall learning under The Big Dog and IMO, top-5 recruiter in the country, Vince Marrow, the Veteran and sunshine state expert in Eddie Gran (Not to mention his P.I.C. Darin Hinshaw) and last but not least, $$$Mr. Blue Collar, Mr. Won’t take a backseat to ANYONE, Mr. Hard-Nose, the Red-Headed Pitbull himself Coach Stoops… Not to mention Michael Smith, who’s a good recruiter, and Clink who pulled the top-ranked player out of Michigan (Bullyball McCall). You put all those guys together, and I’d say we got probably a top-10 staff recruiting wise for sure, and several of the hottest and fastest rising young guns in the game. Man, if only we were able to pull a full class of 25 this next recruiting period. It would be something to see.. Mitch Barnhardt needs to lock everyone down for the next 7-10 years no matter the cost. This staff as is, with several years WILL get us to the title game. We got everything you need in a staff….. period.



  8. KyZoneBlitz
    8:50 pm February 19, 2019 Permalink

    I would even argue that if Brad White isn’t promoted to our next DC, Sumrall would be a great choice as well, or better yet, make them both Co-DCs and wield a Jekyll and Hyde 2-headed monster next season!!