Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters with University of Kentucky president Dr. Eli Capilouto (right) and athletic director Mitch Barnhart (left) after being introduced as the new football coach at the University of Kentucky in the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Football: Recruiting Areas of Need

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

Football recruiting. Got your attention already huh? Wildcat football fans are getting pumped about recruiting and for good reason. For the first time in history,Kentucky held the top spot in Rivals football rankings. They are Top 25 on every service. With 18 (or 19 depending on who you ask) commitments, the Cats have picked up steam on the recruiting trail.


Hopefully fans don’t get too upset without their new addiction for a few months. With only eight or nine spots left in the 2014 class, the recruiting news is bound to slow down. The remaining targets for this class are high-level players and it could take a while for them to commit anywhere. Top target Matt Elam doesn’t  plan on announcing until the Army All-American Game in January. Now there will be some flips, to and from the Cats, but for the most part the class is close to set.


So with so few spots left, who do the coaches take now? A lot of people are asking what positions they need. The staff has done a great job so far of filling out position groups in this class. All of them except two: wide receiver and offensive line. Those two positions will see the most attention from here on, barring any defections. Here is how I think that will shake out:


WR- There are a lot of questions about the Tyre Brady situation, but I believe that the kid is committed. So I am expecting two or three more receivers to go with Brady and Snodgrass. Right now the most likely to commit are TV Williams and Blake Bone, both like UK a lot. Williams decides July 9th and Bone wants to before the season starts.UK loves Braxton Berrios but if Miami offers him it may be impossible to sway him. And despite a commitment to Alabama, the coaches aren’t giving up on Derek Kief. They may also look at adding a JUCO guy toward the end of the year.


OL- With Jarrett LaRubbio and Derrick Kelly in the fold, the Cats have added powered and athleticism to the line. But with the team losing another lineman this week the numbers are getting a little thin. I would expect them to add at least two more. Though names are hard to predict. Like Kelly, good offensive linemen can fly under the radar until they commit. I will say that at least one OL that commits will likely be from Ohio. The Cats are involved with Brady Taylor, Nick Richardson and to some degree Marcelys Jones in the Buckeye State.


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