The Kentucky Wildcats football team is on a historic roll with no signs of slowing down. Mark Stoops and his coaching staff are doing things that was said could not be done at the University of Kentucky; recruit. Over the past week Kentucky has gotten 5 verbal commitments from top talent and in turn, those guys are recruiting other top-tier guys to join them. Thursday night was big as they received a verbal from all-purpose running back, Stanley Williams. Stanley is rated by rivals as the #1 all-purpose back and #96 in the country.
With Williams verbal, it gives Kentucky 4 guys in the Rivals 250. Stanley joins, Quarterback Drew Barker the #117 player in the country: running back Mikel Horton, ranked as the #131 and wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass ranked as the #205. Along with 12 other talented players, these guys have moved Kentucky up to #3 in the Rivals recruiting rankings; a position that Kentucky is not familiar with.
Not only is Kentucky recruiting top talent but they are getting guys who have great character and who want to help Kentucky reach their goal of playing for the SEC championship. They are building relationships with one another and are on twitter or on the phone talking to others about the up and coming Wildcats.
Drew Barker is really stepping up and trying to convince some of the top tier skill players to join him at Kentucky. Here is what Drew had to say:
I have been in touch with a lot of skill players, he said. We do need some skill players. Especially in the SEC, you need big-time playmakers. Just getting these guys on board really helps, and I am still working some guys.
(I am) talking to these receivers about having Coach (Neal) Brown’s offense. It’s been the No. 1 passing offense the last three years, and comparing it to the other schools, it definitely opens recruits eyes.
If you just say Kentucky it doesn’t hold a lot of weight with them, but if you can give the numbers and statistics it sticks with them.
Needless to say, these guys are “all-in” at Kentucky and they are pushing hard to get better players here. Now, we are 8 months away from National Signing Day and we really don’t know where this class will end up but you can count on one thing; it will be in the top 25.
Not bad for a “Basketball School”, huh?!