So, it been a pretty good week huh guys? Kentucky finished out the 2014 class ranked #17 by Rivals and Top 25 by all services. They held onto all of their commitments and flipped defensive end (a Penn State commit) on Signing Day. UK Athletics put together an epic Signing Day show for fans to watch. The Wildcats got great publicity on ESPN and various other media outlets for being a recruiting suprise of the year. Not bad for a team that has won four games in two years.
Now it’s on to Spring Practice and recruiting the 2015 class. Football never stops in the SEC and it’s finally becoming that way at Kentucky. The wheels of momentum are certainly moving forward for the Cats and better days are on the horizon. Some assorted News and notes to get you ready for another epic year of the Stoops regime:
-The university hasn’t confirmed anything yet but the 2014 Spring Game is tentatively scheduled for April 26th at 3 PM. This places the event after Keeneland has finished their Spring meet to avoid any conflicts.There were plenty of Cats fans who missed the game last year because they had too much fun at the track.
-Up until now Kentucky has seemed to be zeroed in on two quarterbacks for the 2015 class, Jarrett Stidham and Elijah Sindelar. It may not be that clear cut. Stidham recently released a Top 10 and Kentucky missed the cut. Sindelar is a pro baseball prospect and could easily be drafted next Summer. Kentucky may look at other options. One to watch may be Lexington’s own Reece Ryan.
- A week from now Kentucky will hold their first big Junior Day recruiting event for 2015 prospects and it is expected to be an invitation-only event. The preliminary guest list is star-studded with a lot of highly-ranked prospects. A lot of Ohio, Kentucky and nearby state recruits will be there. Expect to see another event for more distant recruits, at a time of year when it is more logistically appealing to get guys on campus.
-In-state super recruit Damien Harris of Madison Southern, the top-ranked running back in the country, seems to be slowly warming up to Kentucky. The former Michigan commit has talked about UK a lot on Twitter of late and is wearing Kentucky FOOTBALL gear in public. Still think it’s a longshot but the Cats will have a hat on the table in this one.
-Despite having a limited amount of room, word is that the coaches plan on signing a full class of 25 players for 2015.
-There had been some discussion of one of the freshman running backs, Stanley Williams and Mikel Horton, redshirting during their first year on campus due to the great depth at the position. Most felt Williams to be likely because Horton’s size gives him his own niche in the offense. RBs coach Chad Scott recently dispelled the notion, he is expecting both to play.
- Avery Williamson earned an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine, increasing his exposure to teams and his chances of being drafted.