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What the 2015 football recruiting class is telling us so far…

1) Nothing new here… but Kentucky football is taking over Ohio

This isn’t the first time you’ll hear this and it certainly won’t be the last time you hear this… but the presence of Kentucky’s football recruiting prowess in the state of Ohio just continues to grow. After receiving another Top-50 rated Ohio commit this weekend, Kentucky currently has 6 of the state’s top 50 players signed on for the 2015 class. That brings the total number to 17 Top-50 Ohio players in the last 2 years, as Kentucky signed 11 in this year’s class. For those keeping tabs with Ohio State, Kentucky currently has the same # of Top 50 players from Ohio committed for 2015 that Ohio State does… That’s impressive no matter how you slice it.

 

2) Kentucky has two key areas of need AND the staff is filling those needs quite nicely

The offensive line and the secondary are two of Kentucky’s biggest pressing needs moving forward. The coaching staff has clearly been putting a priority on locking up solid commitments in those two areas in the 2015 recruiting class. Kentucky’s thin secondary got a boost for the future last night when the Cats picked up two commitments from guys who can contribute and play right away next season. And that’s exactly what Kentucky will need.

Kentucky’s other key area of interest in strengthening the offensive line, which will take a few blows following graduation next year. Kentucky is also looking to beef up the line to entice guys like 5-star running back Damien Harris. Quarterback protection has been a weakness in the past few seasons at Kentucky, but the future looks bright with a number of key commitments (8 so far) already in the class of 2015 to go along with 5-star 2014 offensive lineman Matt Elam.

 

3) Vince Marrow is THE MAN, but Neal Brown is locking down the state of Kentucky

When you look at the impressive Ohio numbers in recruiting over the past two seasons, that’s in large part due to Vince Marrow’s work on the recruiting trail. Marrow has worked to lock down at least 6 of Kentucky’s current Ohio prospects in the class of 2015, with plenty of time left before National Signing Day.

On the other hand, Neal Brown hasn’t received quite as much notoriety for his achievements in recruiting thus far– but Brown has seemingly taken the lead on most of the top in-state talent. With a loaded 2016 in-state recruiting class looming, Brown figures to be a key contributor if Kentucky is able to lock down the majority of that talent.

 

 

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

24 Comments for What the 2015 football recruiting class is telling us so far…



  1. cat35
    10:05 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Matt Elam 2014 D-Lineman*



  2. PAK
    10:06 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Quarterback protection has been a weakness in the past few seasons at Kentucky, but the future looks bright with a number of key commitments (8 so far) already in the class of 2015 to go along with 5-star 2014 offensive lineman Matt Elam.

    How do you make this kind of mistake?



  3. jimlowe7
    10:19 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Correct your info on Matt Elam as cat35 said…he is a DEFENSIVE lineman, NOT offensive (there is a big difference if you are familiar AT ALL with football, and you SHOULD BE if you write about it LOL).



    • UKfan
      3:18 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      It wouldn’t be the first time that a player switched positions in college. I am not saying this is going to happen, but the kid’s size is a benefit on either side of the ball.



  4. BlueGrassBuckeye
    10:22 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    And out of those top 50 Ohio recruits how many had offers from Ohio State?? I’ll wait..



    • STOOPS TROOPS
      10:25 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Ohio state aint dumb they see UK offer and they no they cant compet with sec. Your point is mute



    • @StoopsTroops
      10:33 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      The SEC being the conference UK hasn’t won a game in for two years? Seemingly UK can’t compete in the SEC either.



    • BlueGrassBuckeye
      10:35 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      If Ohio State can’t compete with the SEC then how do you expect your program to compete in the SEC with a bunch of Ohio kids who didn’t even get offers from Ohio State?



    • STOOPS TROOPS
      10:39 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      You can put the lack of wins on the Joke’s shoulders. Ohio state aint goin to waste time on sec talent they cant get



    • Bradley
      11:03 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      OSU did offer some of the players UK got. Where they their top targets? No. Settle down there Wienges. Nice screen name btw.



    • English Language
      9:17 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      The one thing I learned from Stoops Troops today: a point can be “mute”.



    • 5 star OHIO STATE COMMIT
      1:49 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      I’m not SEC talent?



    • Tom
      10:57 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Good question.
      Of course Ohio State can’t compete with Kentucky. That’s why we are dropping a MAC team every year to pick up Big Ten schools.
      Watch for the announcement.



  5. Red rocket
    10:26 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    And you’ve lost all credibility…



  6. MvilleCatFanatic
    10:27 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I suppose none of you have ever made a mistake? Next.



    • LtonCatFanatic
      11:38 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      I see where you’re going and I appreciate your generous nature but in this case it’s someone on a sports blog staff writing about football who confused on what side of the line a specific player plays. It’s not too far from saying we were fortunate to beat out USC for four-star cornerback Drew Barker.



  7. @StoopsTroops
    10:28 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Seemingly UK can’t compete with the S-E-C either.



  8. Johnny
    10:45 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Everyone wants to give credit when it seems one particular coach is doing an exceptional recruiting job. Maybe other coaches are working just as hard but not being successful, yet. I can tell you that I have seen egos get in the way before, go no further than a couple of coaches that were on a former staff.

    I certainly hope that all the UK coaches keep working for a common goal. However, it is very difficult to work your ass off and not receive much credit. Finally, the credit comes when the players you recruited go onto the field and win.



  9. kyle heavy
    8:36 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    “Kentucky’s thin secondary got a boost for the future last night when the Cats picked up two commitments from guys who can contribute and play right away next season.”

    Who exactly committed “last night”? We had a couple DB’s commit back on the 18th…



  10. Nit-Picky-Buggas
    9:22 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Some of you….wow, just wow….. It’s not surprising that you are alone and still eating mommies grilled cheese’s as you wipe acne juice (and other substances) from your monitors. Geeez, get up, get out, and stop acting like a mistake is going to ruin your life…



  11. Let's not get ahead of ourselves
    11:54 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Time will tell whether these recruits prove themselves and live up to the hype. We are getting much better talent and beating out schools that we couldn’t before. The whole owning Ohio thing though? I highly doubt we are beating out Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame for the the cream of the crop players In Ohio. We are getting the second tier players who would otherwise go to MSU, WVU, Perdue and Illinois while impressive, OSU and Michigan aren’t losing any sleep over this.



    • UKfan
      3:16 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      You may want to see how Michigan recruited last year before touting how great they stack up against an SEC school. Trust me, I wasn’t impressed. (FYI, I can see your point about OSU and even Notre Dame).



    • Let's have a spelling lesson...
      4:33 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      Recruits don’t go to Will Perdue University, they go to Purdue University.



  12. Tom
    11:12 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Controlling the recruits in the state of Kentucky!

    Brosn could get all six of the outtanding talent we have on the state, clone it six times and we wouldn’t beat a decent MAC team.

    Every young man who doesn’t have his head in an Xbox or glued to a computer, ipod, etc. with any athletic ability want’s to be the next all american basketball player. Check and see how many all american basketball players have been produced in the last ten years.

    Cal adds a couple of in state players evet once in a while. They usually sit way down the bench, are there for their grade average, or their father is friends of Cal from his days at UMass.

    As much as I would love to see Kentucky high school improve in the state. It ain’t going to happen as long as you can play organized basketball twelve months a year.

    AND the university bearing the state’s name, treats football as an after thought.

    Live with it or demand a change. Simple.

    lol, and make sure we don’t hire anyone without good communication skills. You ever heard a Bear Bryant interview?