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CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup

(From left to right) Matt Elam, Marcelys Jones, and Drew Barker.

ksrThe center of the Kentucky football recruiting universe is located in San Antonio, site of the U.S. Army All-American Game.

The players arrived Sunday and will practice this week in preparation for Saturday’s game. Since that time, there have been three developing story lines to follow for Kentucky fans:

1) Tide turning for Matt Elam?

On Sunday, Elam reiterated his recent comments on KSR, telling 247Sports’ Barton Simmons that while he hasn’t made a final decision, he feels more comfortable with the UK program as a whole, citing his relationships with the UK staff and current crop of commitments.

Those comments led to a momentous shift in Elam’s Crystal Ball where 15 of the last 17 picks have gone to the Wildcats, who are now projected (60/40 percent) to land the 5-star defensive tackle.

Elam, who measured at nearly 6-foot-5 and 372 pounds, was named one of the top performers on the East squad during Monday’s practice.

He is one of 11 players that will announce their college decisions Saturday and will choose between Kentucky and Alabama.

2) Can UK flip Ohio State commit Marcelys Jones

After telling reporters Sunday that he planned to enroll at Ohio State Jan. 6 and that his official visit to Kentucky the weekend of Dec. 7 was “a vacation,” rumblings have continued to grow more and more audible in San Antonio this week that UK continues to be a legitimate potential landing spot for the Glenville (Ohio) 4-star offensive lineman and Ohio State commit.

Jones is rooming with Elam, who Sunday predicted that Jones would flip to UK, fueling speculation that Elam is actively recruiting Jones to join him in Lexington.

While sources on UK’s end of things still feel confident, Jones has played things very close to the vest and this one more or less amounts to a coin flip.

Offensive line continues to be a position of need for the Wildcats in closing out its 2014 recruiting class.

3) Drew Barker representing UK

Cold and windy weather conditions, combined with a new offense, terminology and receivers, were not conducive to stellar quarterback play during Monday’s workouts, but the UK commit is still trying to make his presence felt both on and off the field in San Antonio this week.

In addition to cementing his status as one of the premier pro style quarterbacks in the country, Barker is also doing his best to actively recruit Elam to Kentucky and feels good about UK’s chances, putting it at a “7.5 out of 10.”

“I’m not betting my life on it,” Barker said, “but I feel pretty good about it.”

Barker, who is playing opposite of Elam on the West squad, says he’d even be willing to take one for the team if it meant getting Elam in blue and white.

“If it makes him come to Kentucky, I’ll gladly take a sack from him.”

Barker will enroll at UK in January and take part in winter conditioning and spring practice, where he is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job.

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Article written by Chris Fisher

30 Comments for CatsPause.com Weekly Recruiting Roundup



  1. Bruce Sheldon
    1:57 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Bring um!



  2. fakinnomah
    2:19 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Is there any where to go (hint-hint) to find a good representation of whose left UK (graduation/transfers), returning players (including those who missed out last year due to grades (Harmon)), players coming off redshirt, incoming transfers and freshman? Just trying to get an idea of what UK has returning and coming in.



    • Thanks to ALL who left in 2013
      5:02 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      Yes there is, it is called the coaching staff or media relations. Why is the media so behind on posting all players that are not coming back? Do they not know because they don’t ask the coaches, or do they just feed the BBN fluff and not report all who transfer or leave the team? Has to be the latter!



  3. BobKYCats
    2:31 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I predict we land Elam but Jones stays with OSU.



  4. The Loco Pollo
    2:47 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Here come the Buckeye fans in 5, 4, 3, 2….

    I really hope Matt Elam chooses the Cats. He’d be big man on campus (literally) and be a huge cornerstone of the D for a few years. If he chooses the Cats, it’d be even bigger for Stoops in recruiting. I realize football is very different than basketball, but beating Saban and Bama out for a top prospect would essentially be like Cal losing out on a 5* guy to Nebraska in basketball.

    Choose Big Blue in front of the national audience and keep the recruiting momentum going, big fella.



    • Brett
      9:41 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

      How about SMU like with Mudiay?



  5. CatManDo
    3:11 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I have a feeling the attendance at Spring and open practices this year is going to be at a record high with Barker competing for the starting job + the return/maturation of the Freshman class of weapons we got to see in action this past season. Great move by this staff to go ahead and get Barker on campus. Exciting things are brewing for UK football!



  6. bluegrassstu
    3:24 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I sure hope Jones commits, I am trying hard to keep my hopes up, in spite of the fact Jones attends high school at a osu pipeline for recruits, and that he is also a team mate of the two guys committing in a couple of days supposedly to osu. If Stoops can not get Jones to flip, Elam is a must get.



  7. BBN
    3:24 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    #5: I will believe it when I see it…Stoops still needs to show that he can actually coach in the SEC. Last season was amateurville for Stoops & Co. Other SEC coaches would have won more games with UK’s roster…



  8. BBN
    3:31 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Nevermind guys. I’m an idiot. I had a traumatic brain injury as a child and now believe in numerous imaginary things, including the Tooth Fairy, and that led me to believe Kentucky was more talented than shown in ’13 and was really held back by the coaching staff.

    Again, sorry. I’m having electro-shock therapy to see if it cures my stupidity.



  9. TOSU Blows
    3:33 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    #7 – nice name selection, but you ain’t fooling us, you loser troll. Prob is, you could be a U of L troll, a TOSU troll or any of a number of schools nervously watching us turning the ship around.



  10. BBN
    3:39 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    #7, #8: I am a UK alum, class of 1998. Comments are not considered trolling when true. If you can’t accept the truth, then too bad. Your replies make you the trolls, so go suck it!!



  11. BBN
    3:41 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Previous post meant for #8 and #9.



  12. Stan
    3:46 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops does need to show he can manage a team better. I realize he does not call the offensive plays, but he should know who his best players are at each position. You can’t go an entire season and not know Deshawn Mobely is your best RB. Plus the had all spring and summer to figure out Max Smith should have started against WKU. They failed and cost the team an additional win.



  13. Logic
    4:22 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    So let me get this straight. You still think Marcelys Jones is coming to UK? Let’s look at the logic here: 1. Jones is enrolling at a school early. Those semesters start next week. 2. He has signed scholarship paperwork at Ohio State. He has none at UK. 3. He’s told reporters he’s enrolling at OSU immediately following the All American game. 4. He’s already publicly committed to Ohio State. 5. He has no scheduled announcement during the All American game.

    If he were to schedule an announcement or sign scholarship paperwork at UK, then something could be up. Since there is nothing. No way..



  14. BIG 'N' FAT .???
    4:38 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I find it HILARIOUS that KSR keeps calling the 3-STAR BIG,FAT kid a 5-STAR!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!



    • Come on
      4:57 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      Who you got hahaha?



    • Plenty
      7:20 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      He is considered a 5 star on some sites. Pretty sure a 4 star on the others. He needs to lose 60 lbs, but he is going to be good. Alabama wouldn’t recruit him if he wasn’t.



  15. bluegrassstu
    4:51 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    @ LOGIC. Jones has filled out financial paperwork just like he has with osu. However I do believe he is all osu. Jones is reportedly going to Columbus after the all star game this weekend.



    • Logic
      5:39 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      Find me one article or tweet that mentions Jones signing financial paperwork with UK. You won’t because it doesn’t exist.



    • Buckeye
      6:01 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

      I can guarantee you that if Jones signed scholarship paperwork with UK, he’d be going to UK. Ohio State would pull his commitment immediately for that. Urban Meyer has said on a couple occasions that if a player commits and then signs agreements with another school, they’d better love that school, because they arent going to Ohio State.



    • Buck I.
      9:38 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

      OSU is OVER …….& OVER RATED……….year in & out.



    • Jim Tressel
      9:39 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

      The only thing prettier than a sweater vest is (free) a free Tattoo……and I ain’t talkin’ Fantasy Island.



  16. Hmmm donuts
    5:01 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Elam weighs 372 lbs.? Geez kid, do your heart a favor and at least drop 50 to arrive on campus at an “anorexic” 320 lbs. or so. If he weighs over 330 lbs., he won’t play more than a handful of plays before he will have to go lay down on the bench and eat a donut.

  17. Elam, just don’t fall on Drew please!



  18. 2020
    1:39 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

    Why is Elam rated 3-star by Rivals, 4-star by Scout and 5-star by KSR?



  19. bluegrassstu
    2:29 am January 1, 2014 Permalink

    @ Logic @ Buckeye: Jones signed financial papers at Osu and he did the same thing at UK. it is not a letter of intent, it was just paper work for financial aid, so that he can enroll for classes. This financial paperwork is called “mid year financial agreement”. and according to my cousin who is a diehard buckeye fan, Jones did indeed complete the paperwork for both Osu and UK. I think this information can be found at the 11warriors site, under a post titled Marcelys Jones to UK? IMO Marcelys is all buckeye, he is just thoroughly enjoying the recruiting process. I predict Elam to Uk and Jones to Osu.
    @ 2020: Elam is rated 5 star by 247sports.



  20. s.houston
    8:49 pm January 1, 2014 Permalink

    marcelys Jones the best high school ol.recruit I have seen on tape &I have watched u.k. since 1958 to me if we could get him&few more of his ability we could turn this program around&also Mr.bb.Matt elam my prayers could come true? Mr. Steel mill sth



  21. The Loco Pollo
    1:09 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    It’s all about the student athlete and what’s best for them, but we don’t want to have to play 1 or 2 games against a guy we’ve kicked off our team. Makes sense, NCAA and lying scummy coaches and ADs.



  22. The Loco Pollo
    1:11 pm January 2, 2014 Permalink

    ^ Whoops, somehow had this post from a few days ago still open in a tab and accidentally posted the above meant for a Behanan post from today.