I’ll be honest: I can’t keep up with the recruiting madness that has surrounded Kentucky football during the past month. But what Mark Stoops has done so far is nothing short of impressive, and it just keeps getting better for UK football. James Hearns, the 10th best linebacker in the country according to ESPN’s player rankings, has decommitted from Florida. The 4-star, Florida native is visiting Kentucky this weekend. Hearns is looking at UK and Louisville, among other schools, but things are looking up for the Cats. Hearns himself said, “If I had to pick right now it would probably be Kentucky. I feel pretty content with everything right now.” For Kentucky to essentially rob one of the top recruits in the country from one of the top schools in the conference, speaks for the noise Stoops & Co. are prepared to make in the SEC.
No. 5 Kentucky had been on a roll recently, but just as it is for the men’s program, all good things come to an end when the Cats come to Columbia. The No. 18 Gamecocks defeated UK 55-50, and ended UK’s win streak at 17 games. It was also the longest streak in the nation. UK Hoops drops to 18-2 (6-1 SEC) on the season. Jennifer O’Neill led the Cats with 17 points. DeNesha Stallworth finished with a double-double as she had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and A’dia Mathies also finished with 12 points.