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247 Sports Hammers UK Football Commits in Last 2020 Rankings

I think UK’s 2020 football recruiting class owes the folks at 247 Sports an apology. They must have insulted their mothers. It’s the only logical explanation for the dramatic changes in the recruiting site’s final rankings for the future Wildcats.

Just looking from afar, you could take one look at the updated Top247 and assume the company’s internal conversations went something like: ‘Oh, UK has a bunch of four-star? That can’t be right. Here, let’s give them to Tennessee.’

Defensive tackle Josaih Hayes was the No. 227 player in America the last time he played a football game. Now the four-star recruit has been downgraded to a three-star, dropping 281 spots to No. 508 overall. Justin Rogers fell 22 spots to No. 75, Vito Tisdale dropped to a three-star and Sam Anaele got his fourth star pulled. The early enrollee ranked No. 208 by Rivals is now No. 532 in 247’s rankings.

Some of these drops in the ranking system make sense. Anaele hasn’t put out tape in over a year. If they can’t watch you play, they can’t rate you. It’s that simple. In Kalil Branham’s case, 247 was previously the only service that valued him as a four-star prospect. It’s reasonable to expect that he may fall.

Even though football hasn’t been played in a month, Tennessee’s recruits transformed into the ’85 Chicago Bears. Here are the Vols biggest risers in the Top247 rankings:

  • No. 96, DT Omari Thomas +22
  • No. 100, QB Harrison Bailey +77
  • No. 112, WR Jalin Hyatt +189
  • No. 129, DE Tyler Baron +1
  • No. 140, OLB Morven Joseph +250
  • No. 145, WR Jimmy Calloway +63

An Ohio State signee has the most obscene rise. Mitchell Melton jumped up 534 spots to No. 182 overall without playing a football game. I wish I could improve my blogging skills that much without doing anything.

The hysterical adjustments to 247’s ratings do not mean that rankings are meaningless. They serve as a barometer to see where one player relatively compares to another. Luckily, this only accounts for a percent of the 247 Composite Rankings where you’ll still find UK in the Top 25 at No. 23.

At KSR we like to say it’s not personal, it’s personnel. I’m afraid some of our friends at 247 may have taken some things personally.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

16 Comments for 247 Sports Hammers UK Football Commits in Last 2020 Rankings



  1. WKY Cat
    5:44 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    It’s about eyeballs and clicks. The blue bloods have bigger fan bases so makes sense to promote them over UK. Stoops knows the talent we’ve recruited.



    • JASUN74
      6:20 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

      WKY Cat, did you actually read what you just wrote?? If so, do you actually believe that bull shiiit?? They have bigger fan bases, so it makes sense to promote them??? Really?? That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard in a long time!!

      They’re supposed to be ranking each individual kid, not the school he’s going to!! If they really are doing that, why would anyone ever care what they have to say. If you think that’s OK to do kids like that, I don’t know what to say about it. Who cares how we fans feel, you better believe these kids that have worked all their life to be recognized will be hurt by this.

      This is a shame for our kids that picked Kentucky and now because they did, they’re worse players? Bull!!! I love our class and am proud as I can be of the Staff putting this whole group together! Just an awful way to treat kids and our program. The outside wants Kentucky to stay in it’s place but we’re coming for you and we’re going let you know about it!! Go Cats



    • satcheluk
      7:13 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

      WKY Cat is right. There is likely and very small and very subjective difference between kids ranked 100-500 and it’s not just about clicks but rather votes and rankings of the people who cover them. The night schools 247 sites might have 6-8 staff writers while the smaller schools have less than half that and they aren’t voting for kids that picked UK over their schools.



    • notFromhere
      1:23 pm January 29, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly



  2. ukkatzfan
    5:47 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    Now that is just trying to pass (misspelt by 1 letter) me off. Tenn ain’t shot(you now know my game. Did Fulmer call and have them give him some stars ? My hopes for a fairly called game against UT this coming season is already fading. Guessing integrity is not a requirement for passing out stars. Smh (dropped a letter here ).



  3. channell
    7:17 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    JASUN74 we know our kids are talented because one thing Stoops recognizes talent and another these kids were recruited by the top teams out there too. Most all could have gone to Ala., Michigan, Fla. and etc. The program has progressed tremendously. Who would have thought UK could redshirt the entire freshmen class last season? I’m excited about next season with all the returnees. Ky is on the verge of something great. Mediocrity is no longer accepted. Go Cats!!!



  4. WKY Cat
    7:58 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    I’m guessing you don’t understand marketing. The blue bloods have bigger fan bases and are more engaged. If the recruiting services can keep those programs relevant by keeping them ranked(and higher if they can justify it) then that keeps those fan bases visiting their sites more often. More clicks means more advertising dollars. Keeping a small KY football fan base excited and visiting their site is nothing compared to keeping a UT fan base excited and visiting their site.

    I have no idea why you accused me of thinking it’s ok to do that to any recruits. I never mentioned that in my post. And I do think it’s crap to do that to any recruit.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:41 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, many media types and their networks will continue to overlook UK and will bow down to the football blue bloods, but I don’t agree with you about the sizes of the fan bases. Matt is always fond of saying UK never loses online polls (except the recent one we lost to some Euro soccer team).



    • JASUN74
      5:49 am January 29, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry about that brother. I was on rivals before that and listening to all the crazy stuff and got you mixed with the rest. Sorry again. I just feel bad for our kids that care about stuff like that you know.



  5. Grazilla
    7:59 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    I believe we’ll beat TN this year and make a run at representing the East in ATL. Tenn will still suck and their fan base will demand a new coach. There will be a mass exodus in the transfer portal for Tenn. We will accept none of them because they will be a poorly disciplined mess of a football team and will be following up this year’s class with a better class next year. Save this comment. Let’s see how it ages.



  6. Bobbum Man
    8:03 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    Good… some motivation for em right outta the gate



    • Dark Soul
      8:55 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly my thoughts. They can disrespect us all they want but at the end of the day a Stoops coached team is taught to play with a chip on a shoulder. They are just making it bigger. It is a damn shame for the kids that worked their butts off



  7. 4everUKBlue
    9:15 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky agains the world. Come see about it!



  8. kydrummer
    9:51 pm January 28, 2020 Permalink

    I love the disrespect and this staff feeds off being disrespected!



  9. notFromhere
    2:47 pm January 29, 2020 Permalink

    Sometimes it makes you want to tar and feather the guy that said “Hey, let’s get a bunch of journalism majors to write about sports. We can get them to evaluate talents they don’t have for much less than we would pay the guys that have talen and know how to play these sports.”

    247 is hurting for clicks or they wouldn’t be killing their future revenue by getting sht wrong.

    I love the bulletin board material, though. We need more of that headed into this fall. Makes it that much sweeter when we show em who we really are



  10. Skooms
    2:20 pm January 30, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s see what all of the haters say when we go beat Auburn next season. Dennis Dodd seems to be the only big name analyst that’s not sleeping on the depth we have returning. Even little brother down the road is getting more respect despite the fact that their defense is still going to be horrid next year. We SHOULDN’T have any positional major weaknesses next season.