The 2014 recruiting class is shaping up to be a historic one for the University of Kentucky football program, but that hasn’t deterred them from hitting the 2015 class hard and already have offered several elite prospects, including Texas Quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
The Stephenville High School Junior is preparing to visit Kentucky, and is garnering heavy interest from BCS elites such as Oregon, Alabama the home state Texas Longhorns.
But the home state school actually used to be UK, as Stidham grew up in Kentucky and still has friends and family members living there. Stidham moved from Kentucky to Texas before he was a teenager, and has grown into one of the top QB prospects in the nation. As it stands, 247sports has him as the #2 dual-threat QB and 64th-best prospect overall in 2015. He recently talked to the WBN to give us an update on his recruitment.
WBN: Tell us what kind of football player you are, and what are your strongest values outside of football.
I’m pretty laid back. I like to have fun and be positive about everything. I love hanging out with my friends and am a hard worker. When I’m in the weight room and other guys are taking their time and standing around, I like to get in there and get work done. That’s how I am.
As a quarterback, I’m more of a dual-threat QB. I love to run the ball a lot. I have a pretty strong-arm and love throwing it around to.
WBN: How long has UK been recruiting you, and who have the primary recruiters been?
Coach (Tommy) Mainord, the receivers coach there. I’ve talked to him mostly. I talked to coach Brown a little bit. They were the ones to start recruiting me last summer when they were at Texas Tech, and I went to a summer camp there, and when they got to Kentucky, they caught up with me there.
WBN: What are your recruiting plans for the upcoming year, and when do you plan on coming to visit Kentucky?
I’m going to try to come to their Friday Night Lights camp on July 19th. I plan on going to that and getting up the next day and going on an unofficial visit and meeting up with all of the coaches and taking a tour of the place.
WBN: What schools have been recruiting you the most, and which are you looking at the hardest?
I’ll consider any program that’s willing to offer me a scholarship. I take that very seriously. Baylor, Kentucky,Texas,Oregon,Oklahoma and Alabama have all shown a lot of interest. I might head down to Alabama this summer and check out their campus.
WBN: When do you hope to have a decision by?
I want to see how the fall goes with all of the new coaches. I plan on graduating early, which will be around midterm of my senior year, so I’ll need to have decision by then, so it will come sometime during my senior season.
Thanks again to Jarrett for the interview. Follow him on Twitter @Jarrett_Stidham