JAVESS BLUE, WR
JR 6’1, 195
Babson Park, FL
With Javess Blue, Mark Stoops may have gotten one of the biggest keys for the 2013 season. Blue comes to UK from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. It has been well documented that UK’s receiving corps will be a little thin and Blue fits the bill as a speedy receiver with good hands and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. ESPN actually has him as the 14th best JUCO prospect and a four star prospect. He put up big numbers in Kansas, with 65 catches for 1,064 yards — 16.4 yards per catch and 88.7 yards per game — and 12 touchdowns. He has big play ability and runs good routes. All things that Kentucky needs.
Blue actually has one of the more interesting recruiting stories in quite a while. Javess was one of the recruits at dinner with Tommy Tubberville on a Texas Tech recruiting visit when Tubberville left in the middle of the meal and took the Cincinnati job. Obviously that soured Blue on Tech and opened the door for Kentucky. UK WR coach Chad Scott actually had been recruiting Blue in high school when grades scared a lot of schools away. If you listen to the rumors, there is a buzz that Blue may not qualify at UK, but Blue indicates on his social media that he expects to play for UK this year. And he will be needed.
Hopefully all works out for Blue and he makes it to campus. If he does, expect him to challenge for a starting position. Here is a bit of what ESPN has to say about Blue:
Blue is an explosive playmaker as an outside threat and punt return specialist. He consistently demonstrates the ability to stretch the field. He has good height, a sleek build, long arms and is a long strider with very deceptive speed — he covers a lot of ground quickly. Blue shows quick feet and good surge off the line of scrimmage. He’s very confident and attacks the football. He has excellent hands and the ability to snatch the ball away from his body. He can also track the vertical ball and make adjustments to bad balls. He shows excellent body control and sideline awareness. He is an adequate route runner — very smooth in and out of his cuts for a taller receiver — and has a nice little short-area burst. QB’s can throw the ball up to Blue and he will go get it. His combination of size and speed give him a vertical presence on the outside, but he has a real knack for working the underneath and intermediate zones and is excellent after the catch. He is very explosive in all his movements and this shows up in the return game. Blue can flip field position and is a naturally instinctive open-field runner as a pass catcher and return man. Blue has the skill set to be an immediate contributor and possible impact guy in the right situation.