In case you have been under a rock for the last month, you are like aware that Kentucky’s Spring Game is a week from today. There are 42,500 seats available for the event, with approximately 25,000 pre-ordered at the time this was written. Were the Wildcats to sell out the game, they would likely finish in the Top Ten for Spring Game attendance for the second year in a row. Pretty impressive for a school coming off back-to-back two win seasons.
It’s also impressive to recruits and their families, as has been noted in this space multiple times. So many recruits have mentioned last year’s game as having a major impact on their interest in UK. Twenty of the twenty-eight players that Kentucky signed last February attended the 2013 Spring Game. And now UK has released statements from three of them talking about how important the big event and crowd were in their decision. You can read it here. Below is an excerpt from quarterback Drew Barker:
“I remember going into the spring game last year and I was pretty sure South Carolina was my leader and Tennessee and Kentucky were kind of behind,” Barker said. “And then I went to the spring game and I saw over 50,000 people there and just the atmosphere.”
Barker was the driving force behind Kentucky finishing with a consensus Top 25 class. There were a flurry of commits following the game, including Barker’s. Alabama just added a rash of top players at their Spring Game today. Following a week that saw a talented athlete transfer and two de-commitments, the Kentucky staff is looking for another positive boost to get momentum rolling in recruiting again.
The good news is that the weather is supposed to be excellent. Kentucky Athletics has created a page to help fans with any questions that they may have. For those who will not be able to make it, they game will be televised live in Lexington and Louisville, and on delay on FSN South the next day. The radio broadcast will be live on WLAP 630 and WHAS 840.