The Kentucky Wildcats Basketball waiting game continues for recruits Dominique Hawkins and Andrew Wiggins

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Sept 15, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Alvin Dupree (2) tackles Western Kentucky Hilltoppers wide receiver Kadeem Jones (32) at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Could defensive end be one of the strong strengths for Mark Stoops defensive line? With Bud Dupree switching positions, a lot of expected and Dupree has shown promise while learning:

"Bud Dupree may not know all the X’s and O’s of playing defensive end yet. But he sure likes to hit people. That quality, among others, is why the coaching staff is high on Dupree’s position switch. The junior, who played primarily at outside linebacker last year, has been switched to the line with the arrival of the new coaching staff. His enjoyment of pBhysical contact has been a big part of his success so far. “I like contact,” he said with a smile. “I like hard-nosed football.” Playing for the first time significantly at defensive end has been a transition for Dupree, but one that he is used to as someone who has switched positions “forever.” The motivation to be the best defensive end he can be has showed itself so far to the coaching staff. “I love Bud,” said defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh. “He comes to work every single day. He’s what you love to coach because he’s a guy that wants to be better. I sent him a text and said, ‘Hey, let’s get better next week.’ He says, ‘Hey, I just want to be good, Coach.’ When you have guys like that that want to work, those little things will come.”"

Aug 5, 2011; Lexington, KY USA; Kentucky Wildcats helmet and football sit on the field during media day at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

One of the top priorities for Mark Stoops will be to keep in state talent at Kentucky, but Elizabethtown’s Matt Elam is getting a lot of outside interest. Justin Rowland has more in a Rival’s pay article:

"High school football fans in Elizabethtown haven’t seen many players as talented as Matt Elam over the years. He’s simply a rare talent at the high school level. The 6-foot-6, 342-pound lineman looks like a man among boys at the high school level and that’s why SEC schools are making him such a high priority. Elam was recently awarded a three-star (5.7) ranking, making him arguably the second most highly-regarded prospect in the state after Drew Barker. And his offer list, which includes Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama and Western Kentucky, seems to verify that college coaches wouldn’t argue with that assessment. When Kentucky offered the common opinion seemed to be that the Wildcats were in good shape. But a trip to Tuscaloosa and an offer from Nick Saban was obvious cause for concern, from Kentucky’s vantage point at least. While Elam is open about his interest in UK and Alabama, it’s not a two-horse race. He attended a Louisville practice late last week. “It was real nice,” Elam said. “I love going up there just [because of] the staff,” he said. “And the practice was very high-paced and very intense.”"