Following a recruiting whirlwind that say Kentucky jump more than 30 places in the finals Rivals.com recruiting rankings there is no time to rest for Mark Stoops and the UK coaching staff. Fans who follow recruiting know the impact DJ Eliot and Vince Marrow had on the recruiting trail for the 2013 class but a lot of people don’t know about the man behind the scenes: Dan Berezowitz.
Berezowitz was hired as Kentucky’s campus recruiting coordinator. He doesn’t coach a position or on the field at all but his responsibilities will still be vital to Stoops’ success. He was responsible for recruits’ official visits, including the two huge ones that were held in January. He is in charge of taking care of a players travel, meals and entertainment while on campus. He also assists the coaches in identifying and scouting prospects whom they may recruit. In contrast the previous recruiting coordinator, Chuck Smith, was responsible for all of those things while also coaching Kentucky’s linebackers full-time. Berezowitz is the first full-time recruiting coordinator the Kentucky football has ever employed.
Before coming to Kentucky, Berezowitz spent time at North Carolina, Texas and Arizona where he met Stoops. Remember a few years ago when lowly Minnesota somehow pulled in the #14 recruiting class in the country? Berezowitz was there coordinating it all in the same position he now holds in Lexington. Full disclosure: Berezowitz was suspended two weeks for a minor recruiting violation at Minnesota involving a Powerpoint presentation. So be prepared for that to be brought up by your Louisville friends should the Cats sign another highly rated class. He will make $135, 000 per year according to the university database.
The creation of a full-time recruiting coordinator position alone is a sign of great progress for Kentucky football. The money being spent on football support staff has doubled in the past year when you add guys like Berezowitz and Eric Korem to the coaching salaries. It’s becoming harder to believe that this staff won’t win with the kind of support they are receiving. Not saying that Mark Stoops will be lifting a crystal football anytime soon but a Music City Bowl or Outback Bowl trophy shouldn’t be too much to hope for.
**It also appears that Kentucky has hired former Northwestern State Tight Ends coach Matt Powledge in some capacity. Powledge worked under new Special Teams/Safeties coach Bradley Dale Peveto, who was the head coach at NWSU. He also spent three years coaching at Southeastern Louisiana. Prior to coaching, Powledge was a four year letterman at fullback for Sam Houston State.