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Sleep Outfitters’ Tuesday Recruiting Roundup

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Everybody has Bam Fever

This morning’s announcement has started UK’s big day off on the right foot.  Once again, John Calipari is on his way to having the nation’s top recruiting class, but it’s very rare to have four Top 25 players signed at this point in the year.

Some people may still be waiting for Malik Monk, but most cannot stop themselves from geeking uncontrollably.  Especially his future teammates.

Even Jeff Goodman had nice things to say about UK, which could not have come easily.

The Flavor of Tonight’s Game is Recruiting

Prepare yourself because you’re going to be hearing this a lot.  Coach K is now a “one and done” aficionado, except his version is done the “right way.”  It’s a load of crap, so get used to tuning it out.  However, it has created an interesting storyline.  The matchup features the Top Two 2015 recruiting classes.  According to ESPN’s Michael Eaves, it will be only the third meeting between the Top Two classes in the ESPN 100.  UK won the other two games, defeating North Carolina with John Wall’s team in 2009 and when Brandon Knight knocked Ohio State out of the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

Michael Warren is an Animal

Committed to play running back for the Cats out of the Class of 2017, Warren’s numbers are astonishing each and every week.  Now that it’s playoff time, he’s even more impressive.  Playing through sickness, Warren ran for 284 yards on 34 carries (8.35 ypc), finding the end zone once last Friday night.  The 35-25 win advances Toledo Central Catholic to the Regional Finals, one step closer to repeating as Ohio’s Division III Champs.

The kid’s leadership is almost impressive as his numbers.  I’ll keep you filled in throughout his playoff run to let you know what UK has coming its way after Boom Williams’ time is up.

Watch Kobe Smith’s Senior Season Highlights

There are many problems on Kentucky’s football team this year.  You can point in plenty of directions, but nothing pains me more than watching the struggle in the trenches.  After Melvin Lewis’ injury sidelined him for the season, C.J. Johnson has been the only bright spot on the DLine as they continually get dominated.  The saddest stat – Charlotte has more tackles for loss this season (73) than Kentucky (40).

Kentucky is building bulk in the middle when Kobe Smith comes to town this Spring as an Early Enrollee.  Getting a head start in the Spring will pay dividends for the wide body.  When watching him, I can’t help but be reminded of Melvin at his best.  Not to hate on Matt Elam, but all of the things Matt needs to work on (staying low, taking on double teams with technique, accelerating off the ball) Smith demonstrates effortlessly in his highlight reel.  To see just how quick this kid’s feet are at 6’4″ 300 pounds, it’s truly astonishing.

I’m a DLine junkie; I love watching and analyzing how they operate.  You don’t have to be one of these to enjoy his film.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

2 Comments for Sleep Outfitters’ Tuesday Recruiting Roundup

  1. DavidP19
    3:50 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    As a Toledo naive and Central Catholic alum, you will enjoy MWarren, he is a good kid as well.

  2. Blue Ale8
    4:32 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    “crazy part is that were not done yet”. Get in here, Monk!