Freddie Maggard’s “Depth Chart Podcast” guest Andrew Eaton tweeted this morning “If National Signing Day is Christmas, then Happy Christmas Eve!” I never thought of it that way, but my goodness he couldn’t be more right.
Those Letters of Intent rolling in tomorrow morning is like running down the stairs on Christmas morning and tearing up wrapping paper and boxes filled with gifts for both the coaching staff and diehard fans like myself. It doesn’t hurt when all of those signed Letters of Intent combined give us the best recruiting class in Kentucky history.
Not only is National Signing Day the official close of an entire second season of football fun, it’s the start of our focus turning towards the next class of high-profile prospects. Just an early glance at that list will show you Kentucky is already in on countless four-stars and even a few five-stars, so excitement will begin building immediately after tomorrow.
For the most part, the class is solidified, and the staff expects everyone already committed to the Wildcats to sign on the dotted line. As you all well know, there are a few guys left on the board with UK on the final list, deciding tomorrow.
Let’s take one final look at the recruiting scene before tomorrow’s festivities:
Wait, why is the first topic discussed today a guy that’s already committed to play at UK?
Today, Bohanna tweeted out that he received an offer from Ole Miss, literally the day before Signing Day. I get a team has their last second needs, but good grief.
I don’t believe UK has anything to worry about, but it definitely makes things a little interesting. A few weeks back, some national recruiting analysts believed Bohanna was wavering on his commitment to Kentucky, and a flip to Memphis was on the horizon. That rumor has since been shut down, but is it possible the Rebels give him second thoughts?
Short answer, probably not.
Considering Ole Miss is about to get demolished by the NCAA for countless violations, I doubt the Rebels are a very attractive school for anyone right now. Offering the day before he’s supposed to sign on the dotted line probably didn’t do them any favors, even if Bohanna had any significant interest in the school.
If nothing else, it makes Bohanna’s offer sheet look better when he’s being discussed in NSD coverage tomorrow.
I’m not quite sure I’ve ever heard more conflicting reports on a recruit in my life. I’ve tried to talk to as many people as I could regarding Wills, and each of them are saying something different.
Kentucky’s staff is extremely confident, believing they have a legitimate shot to get his signature tomorrow afternoon when Lafayette hosts their ceremony at roughly 3:45 p.m. They genuinely feel they made a big impact on his decision during his official visit this weekend, and the draw to play offensive tackle (Alabama plans on moving him to guard) at home is definitely there. He has a great relationship with the staff, and really respects what they’re doing with the program right now.
It was discussed on KSR this morning that Freddie Maggard feels confident the Cats get him, and he’s certainly close to the program as a former player. Ryan Lemond, on the other hand, says he would be “shocked” if he flips to Kentucky.
I talked with an Alabama guy close to the coaching staff that says “Tide feels very good.” They have never shed any doubt on the situation, feeling he’s been a lock to Bama the entire time.
He tweeted this out this afternoon:
be selfish in your life decisionsâ—ï¸this for you and your family no one else, make you happyðŸ’¯
— Jedrick Wills iiÂ® (@JWills73) January 31, 2017
Both teams are extremely confident, so who wins out?
My head tells me Alabama, but my gut is telling me Kentucky. Why are other committed prospects like Jordan Wright tweeting about how “wild” NSD will be? Why has Wills not given a Paschal-esque “I’m 100% committed” statement if he was completely solid to Alabama? Why is the staff so confident?
Regardless of his decision, I absolutely applaud UK’s efforts to stick in this thing till the very end and not accept defeat. It shows they’re ready to go to war for their guys, and certainly makes an impact on future high-level recruits.
I know I’m probably wrong, but I’m going to go down swinging like the UK staff…
I talked to a guy from Davis’ hometown of Springfield, OH, and he said all of the local chatter has been about Davis heading to Wisconsin.
I haven’t heard much on Kentucky’s end of things, but several Crystal Ball picks by guys that would know are going to Wisconsin, as well.
Kentucky has not conceded the fight, and I think they have a better shot than some make it out to be, but momentum certainly seems to be with the Badgers right now.
Like Wills, Davis will be announcing after 3 p.m., so we won’t hear anything during the media availability at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
A really interesting bit of information I was told on Munford was that Ohio State has not actually given him a committable offer just yet, and they are essentially hanging him out to dry until the last available moment when a spot clears up. He apparently tried to commit to the Buckeyes on his last visit to Columbus, but they held him off. He’s going to visit again this weekend, and my gut says they’ll finally accept his commitment then.
For a guy so set on attending OSU, it’s pretty weird they have treated him like an afterthought. I guess they know they have him in the bag, and are making 100% sure there isn’t anyone else out there they like better.
Considering the Wildcats have always been #2 on his list behind Ohio State, how funny would it be if this kid ended up in blue and white after everyone has brushed him off for the last couple weeks?
As I said earlier, I think they find a spot for him and get him signed up tomorrow.
Prediction: Ohio State