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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from a Week in Recruiting


The Good

—  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.

The Bad

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

  1. The Cats can play more small-ball with Willis and Bam as the forwards.
  2. 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 Ugly

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from a Week in Recruiting

  1. Blueblueblueblue
    8:04 am May 22, 2016 Permalink

    It is my belief that when a player of Wilis or Elam picks UK, it reveals a character flaw in that player. It shows that the player cares more about comfort and being a big shot than about developing as a football player and a person. It would be like a math genius turning down Harvard to go to Eastern Kentucky.

    • WillySpankit
      9:54 am May 22, 2016 Permalink

      I might agree with you if it wasn’t for the hometown school factor.

    • leon singleton
      11:18 am May 22, 2016 Permalink

      Its called having pride in your state.

    • Sarahvah
      2:49 pm May 22, 2016 Permalink

      Who is “wilis”

  2. Linda Schnitz
    8:55 am May 22, 2016 Permalink

    As Ryan Lemond would say, “Agree 110%”

  3. runningunnin.454
    1:34 pm May 22, 2016 Permalink

    What is this? Blueblueblueblue idiot day? No time for idiocy….”Bye.

    • Blueblueblueblue
      3:36 pm May 22, 2016 Permalink

      Runningunnin.454, you must be one of those people who thinks Elam can play? Ha!