I assume we’re all watching the Sugar Bowl, so let’s go ahead and dedicate the News and Views to it, too. Right now it’s halfway through the third quarter and Alabama just scored a touchdown to cut it down to a one possession game. Oklahoma, a 16.5-point underdog at kickoff, is shocking college football by even being in the game right now; and the Sooners aren’t only in it, they’re winning.
Mark Stoops is on the OU sideline with his brother Bob so we’re giving him all the credit for the good defense. But even with Stoops involved, this guy right here is pulling for Alabama. SEC all day, everyday.
Let’s get to the goods here on KSR so we can focus on the goods on TV before it’s over. And, yes, I’m talking about the crowd shots of Katherine Webb.
Anyone else Rolling Tide with me?
The Glenville Trio was all the talk on Thursday.
Three highly-touted football prospects from Glenville High School in Cleveland are making quite a bit of noise around the Army All-American Bowl down in San Antonio this week. One is currently committed to Ohio State; the other two were expected to join him Saturday; but now all bets are off.
Marcelys Jones, the name we’re most familiar with, is the committed player but he’s also the most likely to flip to Kentucky. An offensive guard in the Top247, Jones has flirted with Kentucky for awhile and he is close to finally making the jump from Ohio State to UK. He could commit to the Cats as early as this weekend.
The rumors of Jones’ wavering have been rampant for a month or so, but Ohio State fans shrugged them off, reminding everyone that Jones signed his financial aid agreement back in November and plans to enroll early for the spring semester. That is true, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. A source told KSR on Thursday that Jones also signed a financial agreement with UK, meaning he could just as easily enroll at Kentucky for the spring semester. Boom.
Jones’ Glenville teammates, safety Erick Smith and cornerback Marshon Lattimore, are also having second thoughts about Ohio State and Kentucky has entered the picture for Smith. He had originally planned to announce his decision during Saturday’s game, but he canceled the announcement on Thursday and said he will take his official visits before making the decision.
After admitting to not being so sure about his decision, Lattimore tweeted he will follow through with his announcement Saturday. He also tweeted, “People is going to be surprised by me and Erick decision.”
Lattimore’s interest in UK is not believed to be high, but his comments and the comments from his teammates suggest the Glenville Trio is splitting up.
Four-star Miami commit will visit Kentucky over Alabama.
Travonte Valentine committed to The U last May but a new friendship with Drew Barker, Matt Elam and Marcelys Jones and a phone call with the UK coaching staff has him interested in Kentucky late in the process. The 56th ranked player in 247Sports.com’s Top247, Valentine spoke with several UK coaches via phone Wednesday night and they talked to him about being a package deal with Elam and Jones.
In an interview Thursday afternoon, Valentine told 247, “I liked Kentucky for a minute. I had to go through the defense and the basics and stuff like that but other than that Kentucky’s been coming in strong right now. Last night I was shocked to hear from Kentucky.”
The defensive tackle announced on Twitter late Thursday night that he has canceled his official visit to Alabama on January 24 and will visit Kentucky instead.
Six UK football commits in Friday’s Offense-Defense All-American game.
“Boom” Williams, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Adrian Middleton, Blake Bone, Kobie Walker, and Nick Richardson will participate in the Offense-Defense All-American game in Orlando on Friday. Also known as the O-D Bowl, the game’s name confuses me but I do know it will stream live on the internet at 5:00 p.m.
Cam Newton and Dez Bryant played in it so it must be legit.
Joker Phillips’ godson used a baby to pick the “University of LSU” over Florida.
It’s all there in Jamal Adams’ Thursday announcement at the Under Armour All-American game.
Adams said he hopes Joker is doing well. I doubt he is, considering his godson just committed to another SEC school over the one where he is an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Congrats to the University of Louisiana State University, though.
Bud Dupree and Avery Williamson named Second Team All-SEC by Phil Steele.
Williamson was UK’s leading tackler in 2013 for the second consecutive season, totaling 102 tackles to rank tied for fourth in the SEC. The senior also had four tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries.
Dupree led all SEC defensive linemen with 61 tackles in 2013 and finished the season with a team-best seven sacks, ranking sixth in the conference and 40th in the nation.
Congrats to both guys. It’ll be nice having Bud back for another season.
UK Hoops moved to 1-0 in SEC play with a Thursday afternoon win at Bama.
Kentucky Wildcats TV has the highlights from the 85-63 win:
Vote for Jack Demsey’s in ESPN.com’s NYC Bar Bracket.
Our good friends at Jack Demsey’s, the official bar for Cats fans in New York City, is in ESPN.com’s NYC Bar Bracket. Take a second to vote (it literally takes one second) and hopefully it’ll win the whole thing so we can brag about Kentucky having the best sports bar in New York City. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Have your voice heard in the Rupp Arena renovation plans.
Mayor Jim Gray announced two new ways Kentucky basketball fans can join the process:
(1) There will be a public meeting at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom prior to the Mississippi State game next Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Stop by before the game or follow along via the event’s live-stream.
(2) Take the new fan experience survey at RuppDistrict.com. Click here to take the survey to rate the current conditions of Rupp Arena and give suggestions for improvement.
Oscar Combs and 247Sports’ Chris Fisher on KSR tomorrow.
Ryan Lemond will be back hosting KSR for a second consecutive show Friday morning with two new guest co-hosts. Recruiting expert Chris Fisher from 247Sports will join him in the first hour to discuss the latest from the Army All-American Bowl, then Oscar Combs will stop in at 11:00 to talk UK basketball.
If you missed Thursday’s show with Darrin Horn, you can listen to the podcast at TalkRadio1080.com.
Go Cats, everybody.