After all of the hype and Johnny Football/Teddy Bridgewater talk earlier in the NFL draft season, the first quarterback to be taken in this year’s NFL draft was Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, who was selected with the 3rd overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. For those hoping that Bortles’ girlfriend (just Google it if you’re a guy, trust me… or scroll down and I’ll help ya out in a second) would land somewhere that would continue to allow her to sport bathing suits, it was a big win. Bortles told the Orlando Sentinel that his first “big purchase” now that he’s officially in the NFL will be to buy the rest of his brother’s tuition at Ole Miss. Not a bad answer, fella. Not a bad answer at all.
The most entertaining part of tonight’s NFL draft though had to be watching the epic meltdown on Twitter of all of the fans who apparently wanted their NFL team to choose Johnny Manziel. I had no idea so many people coveted his services, but people were FREAKING OUT each time a team passed him up. Honestly though Cleveland fans, what did you expect? Kevin Costner cannot be trusted (*Update: Kevin Costner came through. Manziel to the Browns).
Oh, and as promised… the picture of Blake Bortles’ girlfriend…
And now on the news and views from the day…
The first of 2 potential HUGE Kentucky football Yahtzees came in today… Welcome, Jordan Jones
We have been hearing all week that Kentucky football might make some serious waves this week in recruiting, and so far Stoops and company have not let us down. On the heels of a contract extension and raise, the football staff delivered in the area in which they’ve shined so far in a short amount of time in Lexington. The days of hearing a recruit selected Kentucky over Miami of Ohio, Toledo and Marshall are long gone. Today, Kentucky landed a 4-star/3-star linebacker who picked the Cats over the likes of the more impressive of the Miamis (Fla), Oklahoma, Nebraska and West Virginia to name a few. Jordan Jones is a stud linebacker from Stoops and Vince Marrow’s stomping grounds of Youngstown, Ohio.
Oh, and also… Mark Stoops beat out his brother Bob for Jordan Jones. Not a bad day at the office.
The good news for the week might not be over yet, as Kentucky looks to be in good position to roll the Yahtzee dice again tomorrow. C.J. Conrad, a 4-star tight end out of LaGrange, Ohio will be making his decision tomorrow between Kentucky and Indiana. Surely, surely, surelyyyy there’s no reason any human being not named the Truth would choose Indiana football for any reason, ever. But we shall see. Conrad also held offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
The Ohio pipeline comes through again
Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops are capitalizing on their Ohio roots big time in the recruiting process. Youngstown, Ohio in particular, the hometown of both– has provided a great pipeline to Kentucky, as well as some of the surrounding areas. I know, I know…we’ve talked about it a lot… but this staff is absolutely killing it in the state of Ohio– a previously relatively untapped resource.
The non-conference schedule looks solid
Kentucky’s non-conference basketball schedule continues to round into form, and for the Kentucky fans– you have to like what you see. Kentucky will potentially face 4 pre-season Top 15 teams (Louisville, Texas, UNC, Kansas), and one has to think that UCLA could be in the Top 20. Providence will be a good game as well. Even the addition of Eastern Kentucky today, though not quite as sexy as some others– is still a solid game. Eastern Kentucky made the tournament last year. Hey, add them to the list of teams we will play in the non-conference that are probably better than Indiana.
The best news is that Kentucky’s Rupp Arena schedule will be better this season, with an exciting and talented Texas team making the trip to Lexington, as well as North Carolina and Providence.
Only at Kentucky could Jodie Meeks have a graduation press conference
Jodie Meeks’ press conference made up about 1/5 of the news on KSR today. What does that tell you? Well, two things. One– it’s the off-season. And two– only at Kentucky could a player returning to graduate hold a press conference for doing so. In all seriousness though, Jodie Meeks coming back and finishing his degree is a wonderful and impressive accomplishment. In the words of Jay Bilas, it just sucks that Meeks’ graduation is tarnishing Kentucky’s reputation as a basketball school.
P.S. Whoever writes the “Tell All” book on Billy Gillispie from that era…. I’m the first in line to buy 2 copies.
Interest continues between Kentucky and Eron Harris
The news emerged late last night that Kentucky is interested in West Virginia shooting guard Eron Harris, who will be transferring schools. Harris would have to sit out a year, but could provide the shooting touch needed in the 2015 recruiting class after the loss of Luke Kennard to Duke. Harris averaged 17+ points a game for West Virginia. Kentucky doesn’t necessarily appear to be the early frontrunner (Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue were the schools he mentioned for upcoming visits), but Harris admitted that when Kentucky calls, “of course you’d have to be interested.”
Does anyone else just wish he could play this year to watch announcers struggle with the whole Aaron Harris/Eron Harris thing? Bobby Knight would be going shot-clock mode on that one.
The women killed it today on KSR
I’ve rarely enjoyed 2 hours of radio as much as I enjoyed the KSR Ladies Day today. From the Nerlens Noel driving a dump truck story/picture, to Rose’s wisdom on cockfighting and sharing the same last name as a bootlegger, to Rob Bromley’s sex appeal… the ladies killed it today on KSR.