National recruiting analysts and writers took some time out of their day to discuss what the Kentucky Wildcats did on signing day.
“I was impressed with Stoops’ aggressiveness to go after high-profile prospects and to challenge top programs,” ESPN.com senior writer Mitch Sherman said. “I know that paid off with getting Marcus McWilson to switch to UK.
“I think next year will be more indicative of what that staff can do in recruiting, with an entire year to fill a class.”
Sherman brings up a valid point. We saw what Stoops and company could do in a short period of time. Let’s see what happens when you give the new Wildcats coaching staff a complete year to recruit!
“In the SEC, it’s hard to get attention if you’re not in the Top 10 overall,” Keith Niebuhr, 247Sports national recruiting analyst said. “But if you’re a Kentucky fan, you had to wake up pretty happy on Thursday. In a short time, new coach Mark Stoops and his staff did a tremendous job. And no recruiting win is a better example than the Cats’ signing of Jason Hatcher. Not only is he a former USC Trojans commit, but several major programs around the country gladly would have taken him. Instead, he ends up in Lexington as arguably the jewel of the class. It will be interesting to see what this staff can do with a full recruiting cycle. It will have to keep it up, because in the SEC to truly be competitive one class isn’t enough. You have to stockpile talent. That said, Stoops and Co. are off to a nice start. To be honest, it’s kind of eye-opening.”
“One of the best classes Kentucky has had, especially in landing Jason Hatcher and Marcus McWilson, flipping them from other schools,” said Brandon Huffman, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. “They also landed players like Jeff Badet and Nate Willis.”
All in all, it was not a bad day for Big Blue Nation.