Kentucky Wildcats Football: Stoops Must Keep Foot on the Recruiting Pedal

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This is Part 1 of a 3-Part Series in which we analyze where UK’s current recruiting class ranks among the nation’s best, how it can improve, and where we ultimately foresee it ending up when National Signing Day concludes next February.


Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops reacts with defensive tackle Demonte McAllister (97) after he has had the cooler dumped on him. The Seminoles defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21-15 to win the ACC Championship at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports


Mark Stoops is recruiting at a historic pace for the University of Kentucky Wildcats football program, having already assembled what will likely go down as one of, if not, the best class in the history of the program.

But the former Florida State defensive coordinator knows how unforgiving the game of recruiting can be, and you won’t see him settling on this class and focusing his efforts elsewhere. He knows this is a process that doesn’t end until national signing day rolls around, and keeping his commitments is always a lot of work to do until then.

Not only that, but with a number of spots left to be filled in the 2014 class, there’s still a number of highly-touted recruits to seal the deal with in order to keep up with the torrid pace other SEC schools recruit at.

Here is the current commit list for UK and their grade and position ranking via ESPN:

Denzel Ware #9 DE Crestview, FL
CrestviewHigh School
6’3” 220 84
Drew Barker #6 QB-PP Hebron, KY
ConnerSenior High School
6’4” 217 83
Thaddeus Snodgrass #25 WR Springfield, OH
SpringfieldHigh School
6’0” 182 83
Stanley Williams #16 RB Monroe, GA
5’9” 192 82
Darius West #21 CB Lima, OH
5’10” 183 82
Nico Firios #19 ILB Longwood, FL
LymanHigh School
6’1” 220 80
Mikel Horton #47 RB West Chester, OH
LakotaWestHigh School
6’2” 228 79
Mike Edwards #34 S Cincinnati, OH
WintonWoodsHigh School
6’0” 180 78
T.V. Williams #75 WR McKinney, TX
McKinneyHigh School
5’8” 148 78
Kobie Walker #36 S Olney, MD
Our Lady ofGoodCounselHigh School
6’3” 188 78
Adrian Middleton #51 DT Bowling Green, KY
SouthWarrenHigh School
6’4” 275 78
Darryl Long #17 TE-Y Westerville, OH
WestervilleSouthHigh School
6’4” 226 77
Jarrett LaRubbio #36 OG Liberty Township, OH
LakotaEastHigh School
6’5” 260 77
Derrick Kelly Jr. #57 OT Quincy, FL
EastGadsdenHigh School
6’5” 268 76
Tymere Dubose #74 DT Youngstown, OH
6’5” 245 74
Jared Tucker #71 CB Stone Mountain, GA
StephensonHigh School
6’0” 161 73
Dorian Hendrix #49 ILB Huber Heights, OH
WayneHigh School
6’0” 219 70
Ryan Flannigan OLB (JC) Missouri City, TX
6’1” 215 NR
Shyquawn Pullium CB (JC) Erie, PA
6’1” 190 NR
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