Now that the world hasn’t ended, we can all really start to enjoy the future of Kentucky football. I have to admit it crossed my mind that all of the positive recent events were happening close to the supposed end of all existence. Which would make sense when put into context with the history of football in Lexington. Wouldn’t that have been a cruel trick?
But it wasn’t in the cards, and we are faced with a brave new world. A world where we take top coaches from other BCS programs and steal highly-rated recruits at the deadline instead of losing them. It’s very exciting. This period of excitement is exactly what was lacking when Joker Phillips was named head coach in waiting, then took the helm from Rich Brooks. Granted, what Mark Stoops has done since taking over is something never seen in these parts and that has earned him a lot of the excitement.
The response hasn’t just come from fans. Recruits have taken notice as well. 3* Florida athlete Brisly Estime recently tweeted that he would commit to UK on the spot if offered. Ohio RB Aregeros Turner, a 3* prospect who was committed to Cincinnati, has opened his recruitment up and named Kentucky as a leader. Trinity HS players Jason Hatcher and James Quick, both considered 4- or 5-star prospects, barely even looked at Kentucky under the previous regime. Stoops and Co. have them signed up for official visits in January. You have to give the staff some credit: They have approached recruiting with the attitude that no one is off the board and that kind of attitude should pay off on National Signing Day in February.