So, as we have all said many times, we as Kentucky fans have never seen the type of recruiting at UK as we have seen with this 2014 recruiting class. The coaching staff have hit several states hard and often and have convinced potential recruits that UK is where they need to be. This coaching staff is selling the future to recruits. They’re selling what could be at the University of Kentucky with their talent. They’re selling early playing time and the SEC. They’re selling family environment and academic support. They’re selling themselves as great coaches and mentors. And the athlete’s are buying in, white and blue, through and through.
Last year UK ended up with the 29th best class for 2013 – a huge feat, especially since the coaches only had a few months to recruit – and are now trying to follow that up with a top twenty class for the 2014 recruiting year. It really shows what this staff can do with a full year of recruiting even though their first year in the SEC ended with a 2-10 record.
With less than two weeks to go before National Signing Day, UK is sitting at the 13th best class in the rivals data base. It’s not over yet as other schools still have room to add more recruits but it appears that they will stay in the top twenty and they still need to sign two more players themselves.
At the beginning of last week UK had four spots remaining for the 2014 recruiting class but two of those filled up quickly as UK added Defensive back Kendall Randolph and offensive lineman Josh Krok.
Kendall Randolph (5-11, 175lbs.) verbally committed to UK on January 21st, shocking most all of the UK fan base. Kendall is a 5.8 four-star cornerback hailing from Tallahassee, Fl. Ranking as the 25th best at his position and 50th overall in the state of Florida, Kendall said that a lot of people were “sleeping on UK and that it was time to wake them up”.
Check out Kendall’s highlights below.
Josh Krok is a massive young man standing at 6′ 8″ and 308 lbs. who is rated as a 5.7 three-star offensive lineman. Josh is ranked as the 39 best tackle in the country and the 24th best overall athlete in Ohio. Krok was originally committed to West Virginia but flipped to UK as he verbally pledged his services on January 23rd. Josh expects to compete for early playing time this fall and that is one of the reasons for his commitment.
Check out his highlights below.
So, things are really looking good for the University of Kentucky, it’s coaching staff and it’s fans. We will witness the best class of recruits that UK has ever seen and it is all due to some of the greatest recruiters that the university has ever had. Get ready guys and gals to welcome home some of the best athlete’s across the country!
I’ll be back next week with an article to discuss who I think we will sign for the last two remaining spots to finish out the 2014 recruiting class.
*All rankings provided by Rivals.com