Football recruiting is a popular topic these days, pretty much since the moment that Mark Stoops took the head coaching job at Kentucky. The coaches have hit the ground running, securing several excellent prospects , most of which were not seriously considering Kentucky while Joker Phillips was in charge. They really have done a remarkable job considering the short amount of time they have had to pull this class together. Fans should be really impressed when Signing Day rolls around, as the coaches have a couple of silent commitments that are VERY exciting should they stick.
Just imagine what they may be able to do with a whole year to recruit a class. So much of recruiting is building relationships, you hear it all the time. That’s part of the reason several of the recruits UK is pursuing are already linked to the coaches or to Kentucky in some way. It helps skip over some of the familiarity steps. For the most part the coaches are still focused on finishing the last five spots in the 2013 class and haven’t done much 2014 recruiting. But as this year’s rides dwindle, more reports of 2014 recruits getting offers or interest are leaking out.
With Asiantii Woulard get offers and setting up visits to both Clemson and UCLA just days after visiting Lexington, it looks less likely that he will be a Wildcat. That’s unfortunate, as he is great prospect and signing him would really raise the profile of this class. But a second quarterback is definitely a luxury in this class, so it’s not a back-breaker. Without Woulard, getting a quarterback next year becomes vital and the Cats are in good position to get one.
A trio of four-stars are interested in Kentucky and the coaches are in good position with each. Kentuckian Drew Barker was mostly ignored by the last staff and he had more or less written the Wildcats off. But after meeting with the coaches and taking an unofficial campus visit, Barker has changed his tune. Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown watched Barker work out this week and offered him a scholarship. He is likely the top target in this class. DJ Gillins is familiar with the offensive staff as they talked him into committing to Texas Tech. Since Brown, Scott and Mainord have moved to Kentucky, Gillins has changed his commitment status to “soft” and expressed interest in visiting UK. The third QB on the radar is Deshone Kizer of Ohio whom the coaches have reportedly had contact with and is from the area that Stoops and Marrow know well.