Kentucky Football: Recruiting Class Has a Chance to be Top 25

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Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke with reporters with Athletic director Mitch Barnhart (left) and University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto (right) at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

In his short time at Kentucky Mark Stoops has taken giant leaps forward with the football program. The promise of new and improved facilities and new and improved football players are what’s driving his early success. Now the success has translated to the 2013 recruiting class as it has vaulted from number 47 to number 37 thanks to the commitment yesterday of Nate Willis. 

Kentucky’s class now sits ranked ahead of Oregon, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan State and Stanford. And the fun part is that this class hasn’t even filled out all the way. Stoops still has Ryan Timmons, Asiantii Woulard, and Jason Hatcher, among others, looking at the Wildcats. If the Wildcats add a few more four-star players to their commit list, then this class very well has a chance to reach the top 25 in recruiting.

As the class sits right now, there is one four-star, 17 three-stars and three two-star players committed to the class. Steve Borden, the JUCO tight end transfer, has not yet been ranked but most think his ranking will come soon enough.

It’s a good time for the football Wildcats.

Nov 17, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Jalen Whitlow (13) runs the ball against the Samford Bulldogs at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

In more exciting football news, the date and time of the spring game have been announced. Mark Stoops’ first scrimmage will be on Saturday, April 13th at 7 p.m. Stoops took to Twitter yesterday to announce this and encourage fans to come out and see the game under the lights of Commonwealth Stadium. I’m no psychic, but I foresee a very large, excited crowd for the 2013 spring game. There will be a lot of new faces on the sidelines and on the field for Kentucky fans to get to know.

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