Defensive end Corey Smith also enjoyed his visit this weekend and has Kentucky in his top three. He may still visit Louisville next weekend. It would likely come down to the Cats, Cards and Arizona State to sign Smith.
Having already taken their Kentucky official visits, WR Ryan Timmons and DE Jason Hatcher were both at UK unofficially yesterday. Timmons brought his mother, fresh off of having Stoops and Neal Brown visit her at work during the week. It’s hard to see Timmons sign anywhere but Kentucky at this point. Hatcher confirmed that he was in Lexington and at the game but told the Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones that he was there with “friends”, not as a visitor. If you read the Twitter tea leaves though, it appears his “friends” were the players on their UK official visits. Southern Cal, and Louisville fans for that matter, refuse to believe it but everyone around UK has a quiet kind of confidence about Hatcher. Doesn’t mean he is a Cat, but I think there is a chance of UK shocking the world next week.
A recurring theme following recruiting is the massive amount of love DJ Eliot is receiving from defensive recruits. He was an ace recruiter at Florida State and having two guys preparing to be drafted high this spring certainly helps. Several prospects have expressed their desire to play for Eliot.
The other name that keeps popping up is Vince Marrow. All of the Ohio players mention him and a few others. If Kentucky signs Marcus McWilson they have Marrow to thank directly for that windfall. Nebraska fans are very upset about losing him, but the situation would have required Pelini to fire someone to make room for him.
It’s starting to look more likely that Kentucky won’t take a full 25-man signing class next week. In reality they only have 19 scholarships to offer unless some more players leave the program between now and fall camp. With a coaching change attrition is nearly guaranteed but relying on six or seven guys leaving is a bit risky.