While all the focus may be on how the Cats will finish out the 2013 recruiting class leading up to National signing day, Mark Stoops is already preparing his big board for 2014, and one of the first recruits he’s set his sights on is Palm Bay (Fla.) Bayside junior inside linebacker Greg Miclisse.
The 6’1″ 235 pounder already has offers from Tennessee, Cincinnati, and UCONN and is being pursed by Florida State, South Carolina, Louisville, Oklahome, Ole Miss, Penn State, and Notre Dame among others. He hasn’t been given an evaluation by any major recruiting service, but judging by his offer sheet and interested schools, he’ll be a high 3-star or even 4-star when he gets his first rating. Since we spoke to Miclisse last Sunday, he has seen his recruitment really start to pick up, and he announced that he will attend South Carolina for their spring game.
Q: What schools are recruiting you right now
A: Florida State, South Carolina, Louisville, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.
Q: When did UK start recruiting you and what’s the latest with them?
A: When coach David Turner was still there. He contacted me. Even when he left, he told me Coach Stoops would be good to play for. Coach Turner gave me information about the new staff and said I should visit. I talked to Coach Stoops the other day. They really like me. He hasn’t offered a scholarship yet, but they probably will after signing day. I’ll probably visit sometime early in the spring.
Q: How important is it to get playing time right away.
A: Oh, that’s one of the most important things to me. First off is academics, and second is playing time. I’m not worried about going to one of the top BCS schools. I just want to come in and play. That’s one of the main things I look out.
Q: How important is having a chance to play in the SEC to you?
A: That’s big. SEC football is the best. They’re always in the national championship. They’re the best conference in America right now.