There were plenty of winners and losers during this year’s Kentucky Derby. Mark Stoops may not have hit the trifecta, but he did get a stallion in the Class of 2015.
Lakewood, Ohio wide receiver Alex Stump is the sixth commitment of the 2015 class, bringing size (6’4) and speed (4.54 40-yard dash) to UK’s receiving corp. In an interview with KSR yesterday, Stump said Stoops was excited when he received the call while at a Derby party, “he joked that, ‘it was better than betting on the right horse.'”
Stoops’ excitement is justifiable. Stump had been under the radar until the last few months after participating at the Rivals Camp in Columbus and in a Nike Sparq camp where he posted a 4.54 40-yard dash. He had not been rated by any recruiting service until yesterday, when 247 gave him a 91 worth 4-stars.
Stump’s highlight tape sticks out just as much as his numbers. Normally tall guys are chalked up to being deep threats that can give cornerbacks nightmares near the red zone, but this tall guy works well in all situations. Screen passes are always a homerun threat and he works very well in tight spaces. Unlike most high school wide receivers, he knows how to make a block that can be the difference between a 20-yard gain and a 60-yard touchdown.
Stump agrees with me, “I really think it’s my versatility – the whole part of my game I use. It’s kind of a combination of my speed, my size and my hands that I really pride myself on. I don’t think there’s any one thing about my game that’s special, it’s a combination of everything.”
Not only is he a freak on the field, he puts the student in student-athlete. His earliest offers were from Harvard and Yale and his ultimate goal is to be in the FBI. He won’t need to study the playbook too much either when he gets to Kentucky, “My high school and Kentucky, their styles of offense come from the same coaching tree so the schemes and terminology are very similar. It definitely helped knowing that I can come in and pick up the offense quicker than most guys.”
The Cats are in need a of young gun at wide receiver that can play right away. UK’s lack of depth at the position wasn’t the deciding factor, but it played a part, “When I was looking at schools something me and my Dad would always do is sit down and look at the depth at receiver, the guys they were going to have when I’m there. They have some great young guys right now. I’m hoping I can come in and add to that.”
Stump and his family enjoyed the time they spent in Lexington on his visit. SEC football is a big attraction, especially with all of the effort currently being put into the program, but it still might not have been enough without Mr. Ohio Vince Marrow, “He’s a great recruiter. He’s a good guy to talk to and forming that relationship definitely helped me a lot.”
After speaking with Stump and watching some film, there’s no doubt he’ll be a fan favorite that’s ready to make an impact straight out of the gate.
Watch Alex Stump do some serious work in his highlight reel. Seriously though, it’s one one of the best highlight reels I’ve seen since I started doing this and it does a great job of displaying his unique skill set.