Kentucky Wildcats Football: It’s Recruiting Season

Nov 30, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Jeff Badet (13) runs the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers in the second half at Commonwealth Stadium. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 27-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Well the season is officially over for Kentucky football, players will take their finals and go home for break. Coaches will pour over game tape and have uncomfortable discussions about the future with some players. But mostly, they will be out on the recruiting trail making sure 2014 and 2015 are great classes. The next two week will be spent mostly shoring up relationships with currents commitments and visiting the top prospects on the board for 2014.

Next weekend will be used for most of Kentucky’s commits to have their official visits. There isn’t a football game or basketball game for them to attend, the focus will be totally on the coaches and facilities. It will also be on top target Matt Elam, who spurned Alabama to visit Lexington again with his friends. Elam may not take an official visit to Tuscaloosa due to scheduling and dead periods. He plans to announce in January at the Army All American game between UK, Alabama and Notre Dame. Also visiting will be OT Derrick Kelly, who decommitted from the Wildcats this week after his stock has risen due to a strong senior year. Kelly has not eliminated Kentucky, but it definitely looking around, the visit could go a long way toward getting back into his good graces. It certainly helped with Denzel Ware.

Another interesting twist is the story of Dominique Booth. The 4* wide receiver recently decommitted from Tennessee because they couldn’t accept him as an early enrollee. Various reports have cited mutual interest between Kentucky and Booth, as the Wildcats were recruiting him prior to his UT commitment. UK certainly has the room to accept him in January and due to the time table, expect this one to escalate quickly. Don’t get too excited yet, Kentucky is just one of several schools who have contacted Booth and isn’t necessarily the favorite. And yes, the Cats have a ton of wideouts committed in this class but you don’t turn away a talent like Booth if you are Kentucky. It shouldn’t create a problem with any current commits.

Kentucky still plans to take 28 letters of intent on Signing Day, meaning that the current roster will need to lose at least six players to attrition before next season. That shouldn’t be an issue, that many may be gone by spring practice. That leaves four spots open currently, following Kelly’s defection. There has been some concern that JUCO DT Corey Johnson might flip after taking some last minute visits but he has maintained that he is solid to various UK reporters. Those last spots will likely go to Elam, an offensive lineman, a defensive athlete and possibly Mr. Booth if he so chooses.

 

Topics: Football, Kentucky Wildcats, Recruiting

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