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Stoops Believes Kentucky will Cash In with Instate Talent in 2019

Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting class was highlighted by three homegrown All-Americans — Kash Daniel, Landon Young and Drake Jackson.  Two years later, Kentucky does not have one single scholarship signee from the Commonwealth.

“I was disappointed in that.  I’m not going to lie.  I want in-state guys,” Mark Stoops said at today’s post-NSD presser conference.  “There’s not always going to be an abundance of guys, but there always is good quality here. We have to make sure we get the quality players to stay home.”

This year abundance is a problem.  Rondale Moore was targeted by Kentucky, but opted to play for Jeff Brohm’s passing attack at Purdue.  Brohm lured four of Kentucky’s top ten 2018 recruits away from the state.  Stoops vowed not to let that happen in 2019.

“We’re recruiting hard on the ’19s right now, out there beating the pavement, making sure we’re evaluating the right guys,” he said.  “It does seem strong. Definitely reminds me of the class a few years back when Kash and those guys came out…There’s some impact players in this class.”

The Cats are currently in excellent position with Western Hills do-it-all running back Wandale Robinson. Kentucky was the first to offer elite Scott County offensive tackle Bryan Hudson, who is now being recruited by every school in America.  Glasgow’s Tanner Bowles has always been a UK-lean as he’s climbed into the Top 300 of the national rankings.  The Cats are also in the mix with three studs from Louisville: defensive end J.J. Weaver, defensive end Shawnkel Knight-Goff and a top-15 athlete, Milton Wright.

If there was ever a time to cash in on local talent, it’s 2019.  Kentucky has used this spring to get in excellent position to do just that.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for Stoops Believes Kentucky will Cash In with Instate Talent in 2019

  1. BluKudzu
    2:42 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    No Kentucky player signed with Louisville either. Purdue is rated 46th in the last 2018 rankings I read today on 247.

    • 502CodeRed
      7:55 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      As of 2:42pm when you posted this. Check again.

    • 502CodeRed
      7:59 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      He’s a 4* too. Louisville recruits Kentucky more than UK does, contrary to delusional beliefs.

  2. RajonTheDon9
    3:44 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Wow a great looking group of caucasians we had there!!!

  3. BlueByYou
    4:19 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    What an asinine comment

  4. bluegrassstu
    7:40 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Great recruiting, got Oats and ended with a top 40 class, woohoo, Stoops did a great job this year. Only 10 SEC teams did better. I tip my hat to Stoops and Marrow.

  5. Rembrandt
    9:00 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

    So. We have a UL fan and a couple of other trolls posting on a UK board, trying to start something.

    There is a good reason why neither UK nor UL focuses on instate recruiting. Both programs try their utmost to sign the best football players they can sign. Occasionally, an instate player falls in that category. But Kentucky is a small state, and all of us know the reasons why UK and UL primarily recruit out of state. There is no mystery to it, and there isn’t anything wrong with it. Fans want the best team that can be recruited under the rules. (Our UL friends should take notice of this “under the rules” qualifier, in view of the fact that they are being investigated by the FBI and NCAA, and are in very serious trouble.)

    There was a time, not terribly long ago, when neither UK nor UL signed 4 star prospects. It’s a good thing for our state that those days are over. Both schools have plenty of out of state players. Big deal.