WBN Nightcap: Recruiting Roundup

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Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters during a press conference at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

It was another big recruiting weekend in Big Blue Land, and despite some commitments being reported, it appears that the Cats lost a player and didn’t gain any. Pretty disappointing right? Well yes and no. I think we can say that the weekend was a net gain, even if no verbal commitments happened. Here is some of what I’m hearing:

  • The Lovell Peterson situation is a strange one. Apparently he has been wavering for a while and the coaches weren’t really willing to play games with limited rides late in the recruiting period. He was known to be a slight academic risk but grades were likely not a factor. Peterson is going to attend Grand Valley State  to become a part of their track program. It was no secret that track was a big part of his life, part of the reason he didn’t have higher ratings was the fact that no one was sure he would stick with football. Track was his first love. And then  as always, there is a girl involved. His girlfriend will attend GVSU as well.
  • Saturday night, Bleedbluekentucky.com  reported that 4* James Hearns and Marcus McWilson had both committed to Kentucky during their official visits. Both prospects have since reported that they have not yet committed, much to the disappointment of Wildcat fans. BUT the news gets better from there. Both players reportedly had great visits. Hearns said he didn’t verbal, but made it very clear that Kentucky is now his leader with little more than a week before Signing Day. Louisville is making a push but most feel like Hearns is UK’s to lose. From what I understand, McWilson’s plan was always to return home and speak with his parents before making a decision. He decommitted from Nebraska this morning, announcing it via Twitter. Considering how the Nebraska staff’s relationship with the McWilsons has reportedly soured, a flip to Kentucky is considered very likely.
  • The other Florida linebacker who was in town this weekend, Keith Kelsey, also had a great time visit. It’s likely the Cats or the Cards for Kelsey and UL had a huge lead coming into the weekend. Apparently Kentucky made up some ground and they may have a shot. Kelsey will announce tomorrow morning.
  • Justin Rowland of Rivals.com is reporting that Florida RB JoJo Kemp has made his college decision and will announce this week. He had a final three of Kentucky, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. USF was also in the running but they just took former UK target Stafon McCray. Most feel like Kemp will choose the Wildcats, but if he doesn’t, look for Trinity HS product Dalyn Dawkins  to get a late offer.
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