Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky WIldcats quarterback Maxwell Smith (11) throws the ball against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football: Let’s Talk Quarterbacks


 

It’s starting to sound like Kentucky will have another strong week on the recruiting trail. Two or three prospects who have the Wildcats out in front could announce at some point this week. That doesn’t even include quarterback Drew Barker who has a press conference scheduled for Friday. Barker is down to Kentucky and South Carolina. Things look good for him committing to UK, but I’m not comfortable predicting anything a 17-year-old kid will do with any certainty.

Speaking of quarterbacks, there have been various reports of Kentucky offering other QBs this week. Those reports were immediately translated to “UK knows Barker isn’t going there.” Step back from the ledge. Kentucky did offer Marvin Zanders who plays quarterback for his high school team. They offered him as a defensive back and told him he wasn’t a fit for the offense. Kentucky has not offered any others. That includes Anthony Siciliano, who recently tweeted that UK would be in this week to watch him throw and that he would attend a camp in Lexington this summer. He never said that he was offered a scholarship. In fact, he currently has no FBS offers.Siciliano is a good kid, but he isn’t likely to earn an offer from Kentucky any point. If DJ Gillins or Deshone Kizer start talking about an offer, then you should worry about Barker.

 

Honestly, if Kentucky doesn’t land Barker, I’m not sure they will sign one this class if a high-level guy doesn’t show interest. They have three on the roster right now who could be in the same class. (Max Smith is technically a junior, he would have to apply for a medical redshirt following his senior year.) Then another in Reese Phillips who may have shown that he can be counted on more than people anticipated. That’s four players with at least three years of eligibility left. Granted, fans should expect to lose one of Smith, Whitlow and Towles following the QB battle that is coming in the Fall. It’s hard to imagine the guy in third place sticking around and taking a redshirt.  So, considering all of the needs that Kentucky has on the roster, quarterback may not be a big priority for 2014.

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