Kentucky WIldcats Football: Commits Add Recruiting Tool

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

Last week the current seven Kentucky football commitments debuted anew Twitter profile dedicated to recruiting and celebrating the Class of 2014.  @UK2014class is the brainchild of 4* quarterback Drew Barker, but all of the current commitments have access to the page. Barker likely got the idea after being recruited by Tennessee and Ohio State, both of whom have their commits doing similar work to supplement the coaches.

Not that it was the coaches’ idea or that it should have been. Barker followed his announcement by immediately listing prospects that he planned on going after. Mikel Horton , Thaddeus Snodgrass and Dorian Hendrix have all been active Twitter recruiters since the day that they committed. Tight end Daryl Long has put in a little work online, (that the public can see) but seems to be a bit more laid back.  Kobie Walker is off to a good start. Defensive lineman Tymere Dubose doesn’t seem to be a big recruiter. (Again, publicly)

 

The recruits have reached out to a lot of other players but they do seem to have zeroed in on a few. Their short list seems to include: 4* WR Derek Kief, 4* DT Matt Elam, 4* RB Stanley Williams, 4* S Darius West, 4* WR Artavis Scott, 4* WR Braxton Berrios, 4* OL Marcelys Jones and 3* DB Mike Edwards.  Perhaps the most interesting name that has become common is Delvin  Purifoy, a Florida State commit who could be a 5* before it is said and done. The here being that these recruits are looking for slouches to join them in Lexington, just like their coaches they are aiming high.

The recruiting class Twitter account is a relatively new concept which will surely become common over the next few years. But right now Kentucky is on the cutting edge of a new recruiting technique that can only help. How many times have you heard that in the past 20 years? Don’t bother trying to count. None. This, paired with a new coaching staff, upcoming massive stadium renovations, 51k at the Spring Game and Erik Korem’s strength program sets Kentucky apart from other schools. Momentum is a very real thing and UK has a ton of it going in the right direction at this point.

Topics: Football, Kentucky Wildcats

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