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.
NFL First Round Draft Picks (Previous 8 Drafts)
The state appears even more barren.
NFL First-Third Round Draft Pick (Previous Three Drafts)
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.