— Kentucky picked up a commitment at a position of need for the Class of 2017 when JUCO defensive lineman Phil Hoskins chose the Cats over Baylor, Oklahoma State and others. He was one of many talented visitors in town this weekend.
— The highest-rated player in the state and Stoops’ top target, Lafayette offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, kept the Cats in his Top Ten. Wills is the No. 8 offensive tackle and No. 35 overall prospect according to the 247 Composite Rankings.
— Four-star outside linebacker Justin Foster put UK in his top seven alongside Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Stanford and Tennessee.
Marques Bolden picked Duke. It was kind of a bummer because no matter what, you always get a little worked up leading into the event. However, it’s not the end of the world. UK still has the #1 recruiting class and it leaves two silver linings
- The Cats can play more small-ball with Willis and Bam as the forwards.
- All of the pressure from the public lies on Duke, not Kentucky.
We won’t have to hear 40-0 in the fall, Duke will.
The pair of Toledo Central Catholic commits in the class of 2017 are no longer pledged to Kentucky. It felt as though it were only a matter of time before 4-star defensive end James Hudson decommitted. With offers from Derrick Ansley at Alabama and every other college football powerhouse, it was a reasonable decision.
When Hudson decommitted, there was still a chance he could come back to UK (even though recommitting is rare) because his running back, Michael Warren, was still committed to Kentucky. That changed two days later when Warren re-opened his recruitment.
We know it’s common for early football commits to back out of their pledge, but these were two of the best players from one of the best teams in all of Ohio.
It wasn’t a great week in recruiting, but at least it ended on a high note with Hoskins’ commitment.