It has been a whopping two weeks since Kentucky football last received a commitment for the 2014 class and the natives are likely getting restless. Kentucky was one of the hottest teams in the Month of June, snagging an impressive nine verbal commitments. Including 4* prospects Stanley “Boom” Williams (You have to love that name) and Darius West. The Wildcats could take as many as nine additional players in this class if no one reneges , which is unlikely. With another camp on the 19th and several targets expected to announce this month, July could be another big month for Big Blue. Here are five recruits whom I feel are most likely to commit to Kentucky soon (Order reflects a combination of likelihood and how soon to expect a commitment).:
- TV Williams WR (TX) – Williams is set to announce on July 9th and almost all who follow recruiting agree that he will be a Wildcat when he does commit. Williams is a bit smallish, even for a slot receiver but has blazing speed and can take it to the house on any play. He impressed at The Opening, where Thaddeus Snodgrass and Drew Barker were both able to further recruit him.
- Nick Richardson OL (OH) – Richardson is the staff’s top target at offensive tackle, a position where the team is dangerously thin after attrition. He just finished his second visit to Lexington, which reportedly went “very well” and many believe that a commitment is forthcoming. Richardson, paired with Jarrett Larrubbio would make a dangerous pair on the line going forward.
- Stanton Truitt ATH (GA) – Truitt has long thought to be a Tennessee lean but recent interviews have indicated that Kentucky and South Carolina are the front-runners for his services. As mentioned before, it may come down to what position he wants to play as the Cats want him to play receiver, while SC has offered him as a defensive back. He plays QB in high school and has a little Randall Cobb to his game.
- Blake Bone WR (SC)- While Williams and Truitt are both slot prospects, Bone is a big target on the outside. He visited UK last month and reportedly enjoyed it but the home-state Gamecocks are a threat in this race as well. One factor working in Kentucky’s favor are USC’s needs, they are expected to take only two receivers, whereas Kentucky will likely take five of them. Bone has expressed a desire to commit before his senior season.
- Brady Taylor OL (OH) – Taylor has been considered a Kentucky lean for months and has been expected to commit at any time, but has yet to pull the trigger. The accepted reasoning behind this is a desire to play for Ohio State, which may or may not be true. But the longer this drags out the more likely it seems that both Taylor and the Wildcats move on from each other.
Notice a trend? It should be no secret by now that the coaches will focus on offensive line and wide receiver help for most of the remaining class. Most other positions have been filled nicely. There is a little (not much) inside info that went into this list. Even with a lot, most recruiting predictions are simply guesswork. Take this one and any others with a grain of salt. But it would be safe to expect at least two of these players to put on a Kentucky hat in the near future.