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A Few Maps That Explain Stoops’ Recruiting Success

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The map above depicts shows where the best recruits come from.  These are where the four and five star recruits from the Classes of 2014 and 2015 have come from.  The map was made by Sports Source Analytics, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

You can find a little UK logo in a few places, but there are two things I can’t ignore:

1.  If you wanna know why Stoops received a raise after his fifth win in only his second season, it’s because of his exceptional recruiting in a state with the least dense pool of talent on this side of the Mississippi (excluding Maine, which might as well be Canada).  

2.  Stoops’ staff has offered more than 30 underclassmen since last week, all from the deep South, primarily Florida and Georgia.  If you didn’t understand why, this map should paint a clear picture.  

Even though Kentucky’s three All-Americans would make the map look a little different if the Class of 2016 was added, that’s purely a short-term phenomenon.

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The state appears even more barren.

NFL First-Third Round Draft Pick (Previous Three Drafts)

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The lone Wildcat to make the cut was Larry Warford.

Finding top talent is rare in the state of Kentucky.  Landon Young, Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel are diamonds in a stack of hay.  Even though Stoops hasn’t accomplished the goal of a bowl on the field, off the field he’s doing a fine job of keeping the best in the state, home.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

4 Comments for A Few Maps That Explain Stoops’ Recruiting Success



  1. Big Blue in LA
    7:24 pm January 26, 2016 Permalink

    In response to this article,

    I must question the author’s reasoning for giving a coach a raise when he has not had a winning season in his three year tenure. Yes recruiting can help big a program quickly, we saw that with basketball. But Basketball is much different sport than football. Rarely do freshmen football players contribute right away like they do in basketball. It IS an absolute joke that we gave Stoops a raise for no results whatsoever. I don’t blame him, and wish him continued success in the future, but Mitch Barnhart’s liberal use of raises is completely unwarranted.

    Raises are given for actual victories, not moral ones.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:53 pm January 26, 2016 Permalink

      How much did his raise end up costing you?



  2. bbanks81
    7:52 pm January 26, 2016 Permalink

    WV is the state with the least talent if your map is correct not KY



    • CatsfaninFL
      8:51 am January 27, 2016 Permalink

      WV has some funky geography… there is part of the state that sticks up between PA and OH and another branch that extends almost into DC. Looks like there are recruits in both of those places.