We are now about a week and a half until National Signing Day and Mark Stoops is targeting a couple of key in-state recruits to put a cherry on the proverbial recruiting Sunday. Larry Vaught fills us in on how Stoops is going after the Commonwealth bred talent:
Another player, Franklin County standout Ryan Timmons, seems intrigued by Neal Brown’s offense — he played in basically the same offense in high school — and could be favoring UK now over Florida and Ohio State.
The third player, Trinity four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher, recently decommitted from USC after making a visit to USC. He has visited UK and could visit both Florida and Louisville before signing day Feb. 6. Like Timmons, Hatcher’s interest in UK now is because he likes the defense that Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot use.
Hatcher had 27 tackles last season and is ranked among the nation’s top defensive ends.
Getting either Hatcher or Timmons would be a huge recruiting bonanza for Stoops. Getting both would be liking finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
So could UK land Hatcher? Absolutely. The guess here is that it will come down to Louisville or UK. He has more ties to Louisville, but I’m hearing more and more that he’s doing nothing to discourage UK
So, what’s the deal with Jason Hatcher? That appears to be the million dollar question at this point. A day after de-committing from USC, Hatcher took to twitter again and said that he was done with his recruiting and was shutting it down, meaning he made a decision that will be announced on National Signing Day. Some take the twitter speculation to mean that he has re-committed to USC, but Hatcher has stopped short of saying so. He did cancel his visit to Louisville, so does that mean it is down to Kentucky and USC?
There are tons of questions concerning UK football and last night, our football guys, Kyle and Darren, had a football only podcast. I know we usually feature football on the podcast, but too often it is rushed to keep the podcasts at a listenable length. But for this one, we made it just football, allowing Kyle and Darren to really get into the recruiting rumors and look at the current roster. That will be going on the site at noon. Kyle and Darren basically break down the roster, position by position, and talk about the recruiting class. It’s pretty much a must listen for football fans.