It’s time to bust out the dice, Big Blue Nation.
As we enter the final 24 hours of the intense recruiting calendar year for the 2020 class, three Blue Chip prospects are set to announce their college decisions.
Two players could be the next additions to the Big Blue Wall. R.J. Adams, the No. 12 offensive guard in the country, will choose between UK, N.C. State and Alabama at a ceremony from his high school at approximately 2:45 p.m. ET. A couple hours later at 6 p.m. ET we’ll learn if Michigan native Jeremy Flax will pick Kentucky, Auburn or Texas Tech. Fresh off an official visit to Kentucky, the trip to Lexington may have done just enough to convince Flax to become a Wildcat.
Mark Stoops could add another exciting athlete to the secondary too. Former Florida commit Joel Williams is down to the Gators, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Kentucky. Can Michael Smith convince another elite defensive back from Baton Rouge to become a Wildcat? We’ll find out as soon as Williams finds a video guy.
Who do commitment videos ?
— Joel Williams? (@sayyjoee) December 16, 2019
In-between announcements, Freddie Maggard and Adam Luckett will wrap up our Player Preview series. The long Wednesday begins just before 7:30 a.m. ET with a Live Thread of every incoming fax. Once that dies down, I’ll chat with Stoops and Vince Marrow at the UK Football Facility. We’ll wrap up the Early Signing Day extravaganza by putting our heads together and recording a podcast. Subscribe to 11 Personnel to hear Luckett, Freddie and I’s thoughts on what will be an historic 2020 class, the perfect way to pregame the 11 p.m. ET tip-off vs. Utah in Las Vegas.
Kentucky has Two First Team AP All-Americans
For the second consecutive season, two Kentucky Wildcats were named First Team All-American by the Associated Press. Paul Hornung Award winner Lynn Bowden earned the honor as an all-purpose player while Ray Guy Award winner Max Duffy was the first team punter. Only LSU and Ohio State had more first team selections.
Following Bunchy Stallings (offense guard) and Josh Allen (defensive line), UK has four first All-Americans in two seasons. Kentucky only had four first teamers from 1958 to 2017. Incredible.
One Final Discussion Before Vegas
Before the Wildcats hop on a plane to Sin City, John Calipari and a few players will talk to the media this morning at approximately 11 a.m. ET. We’ll have a live stream on the site and share everything you need to know from the event. If you’d rather not wait, here is what Coach Cal had to say on last night’s call-in show.
College Basketball on TV
Tonight you get one more chance to scout Ohio State before they take on Kentucky Saturday afternoon in the CBS Sports Classic.
- 6:30: UMBC at Georgetown on FS1
- 7:00: SEMO at #5 Ohio State on BTN
- 7:00: Florida vs. Providence at the Barclays Center on ESPN2
- 8:30: North Florida at #19 Florida State on ACCN
- 8:30: Oklahoma at Creighton on FS1
- 9:00: Purdue at Ohio on ESPN2
- 9:30: Miami vs. Temple at the Barclays Center on ESPNU
- 11:00: Seattle at No. 22 Washington on PAC12
Lou City has a New Logo
Louisville’s pro soccer team got a facelift. The two-time USL Champions went from this…
… to this.
The fine folks at the soccer club are moving into a new stadium in Butchertown next spring that looks magnificent as you drive through spaghetti junction. What they failed to realize is that they don’t need to change everything just because they’re finally playing in their own stadium. Sure, it’s a cool new way to sell merch, but it’s unnecessary.
I can get used to a new logo that doesn’t have a bourbon barrel but I can’t get down with the new colors. Purple and gold might be my favorite uniform combination in all of sports, and they’re ditching it to look like the Sacramento Kings? Weak sauce.
A Rough Weekend in Cincinnati
I can’t tell who had it worse, the Bearcats’ basketball team…
Here's the final seconds of what happened in the Colgate-UC finish.
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) December 15, 2019
… or the poor kid who ate this stiff-arm from the Bearcat at halftime of the Bengals-Patriots.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 15, 2019
The KSR Christmas Movie Bracket is Coming
Drew Franklin has created the ultimate 32-team bracket. Ryan Lemond, Hayley Harmon and Lee Cruse are standing by to pick a winner. Tune in at 10 a.m. to see who is the best of the best.