Kentucky Wildcats Football: Recruiting in the Big Leagues

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke with reporters with Athletic director Mitch Barnhart (left) and University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto (right) at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s talk recruiting for a minute. It’s time to initiate some of you newbies to how this football recruiting thing works. As this is being written, the University of Kentucky football team has the fourth ranked recruiting class in America according to It was third yesterday and it likely won’t finish in the Top Ten once National Signing Day rolls around next February. If I had to predict a finish I would say between #15 and #25 would be the Wildcats final ranking. So a Top 25 class. Nothing to sneeze at for Kentucky, who have never had one.

But it will take full effort to finish there. The players thatKentuckyhas committed right now will continue to be recruited by other schools. Some will listen more than others. There will be a few decommitments between now and Signing Day. Some of the underrated prospects will get bigger offers, some kids will find themselves in academic limbo and still others could be discouraged by what is expected to be a tough season. That’s why it is important for fans to stay positive, attend games and talk up the program when everyone else is trying to dragUKthrough the mud. So many recruits have cited theKentuckyfan base as being a huge draw, don’t let some early struggles take that draw away.


The core of this class is already in place, made up of young men who want to not only play for Kentucky but to build something and leave a legacy in Lexington. That is the kind of attitude that Coach Stoops is looking for and exactly what a program like Kentucky needs. If other players aren’t on board with that, then Kentucky will find some who are. As I’ve said before, there will be several players who signed Letters of Intent with the Cats in February whom none of us have heard of yet. It happens every year. So feel free to get pumped up when someone commits but don’t get too down when they go elsewhere or even decommit. This is what happens when you take on Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame for players instead of Toledo and Marshall.



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