It’s that time of year when football news slows down and there are fewer and fewer interesting nuggets to be shared. Except this year, when nearly every day there is something new worth talking about. UK has done a fantastic job or promoting the program online and through various other mediums. Fan interest and watercooler talk is at an all time high. With the new coaches not having worked a single game, most of the hype has centered around recruiting. Rightly so. So here is your fix:
- All indications are that Kentucky will not be the destination for Pitt transfer and former 5* Rushel Shell. Shell is supposed to be down to UK and West Virginia. He was originally planning to join UCLA but wants to stay closer to home with his children. Morgantown is quite a bit closer than Lexington and there is some question whether or not Kentucky would take him.
- Former UK target James Hearns committed to Louisville this week. Hearns had some grade issues that forced him to wait it out before committing. Not that it matters now, but it’s pretty much written that Hearns would be a Wildcat had the coaches not been wary of his academics before Signing Day.
- Kentucky is surging with Georgia ATH Stanton Truitt. Long thought to be a Tennessee lean, Truitt has cooled on the Vols. It may be down to Kentucky and South Carolina for Truitt’s services and it may come down to what position he wants to play in college. South Carolina is recruiting him as a defensive back, while the Wildcats want him to play slot receiver.
- The state of Kentucky isn’t typically known for producing football talent but 2015 could be an exception or the beginning of something new. Running back Damien Harris is the name everyone already knows, but at least three other players are likely to be recruited on a national level. QB Elijah Sindelar, and linebackers Emmitt Smith and Eli Brown (Vanderbilt commit) are likely to be high 3* or maybe 4* players next year. A handful of other players will be FBS-caliber as well.
- Kentucky’s recruiting success continues to ruffle feathers, with Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio getting in on the action now. After losing recruiting battles for Darius West, Tymere Dubose and Thaddeus Snodgrass (but winning the one for Chris Frey) Dantonio questioned Kentucky’s lack of “continuity”. Kentucky tight ends coach, and ace Ohio recruiter, Vince Marrow had this to say:
- Kentucky season ticket-holders were recently offered K Fund priority points for filling out a survey about the future upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium. Judging by the questions asked, UK Athletics is very interested in adding luxury seating to Commonwealth in various forms. Several examples from other college stadiums were used to illustrate concepts to fans and all of them looked fantastic.