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UK Shocks the State on National Signing Day
by Lyndsey Gough,posted Feb 7 2014 4:48PM
Wednesday Kentucky football brought in one of its most talented recruiting classes to date. At one point the Cats were all the way to #1 atop the Rivals rankings, but this class finished at #17 and #9 in the SEC (both school records). With 28 signees, including 7 early enrolling, Mark Stoops had what can be considered a very successful first full year of recruiting. With 13 offensive players and 15 defensive recruits Kentucky had a well-balanced class as well.
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The Cats are very young and inexperienced on the line, and in the receiving core. Stoops and staff recruited to fill these obvious gaps. Losing two running backs and one offensive lineman gives this class a chance to come in and compete for positions. I expect Drew Barker to be in the running for the starting QB spot, and Thaddeus Snodgrass and Blake Bone to compete for WR spots. Barker was a huge get for the Cats as far as statements go, choosing Kentucky over South Carolina. Barker also played a significant role in recruiting many of his fellow signees. Snodgrass has an advantage on the rest of his class since he is already in Lexington working out- his hands and route-running ability make him an SEC threat. Bone’s size and quickness give him the ability to compete at an SEC-caliber right away. Darryl Long looks to compete for a starting spot as Kentucky graduated three tight ends as well. These freshmen also have a good chance to make an immediate impact on special teams as well.
Last season UK was incredibly weak in the secondary, which the coaches recruited to fill that void. Getting Matt Elam and Lloyd Tubman on signing day were two huge statements for Kentucky, beating Alabama and Louisville for recruits. Elam and the linebackers should benefit from UK’s multiple defense. Hendrix and Flannigan could be immediate impact players at the linebacker position. In the secondary I expect to see Stamps and West (granting he is healthy) to take starting spots. We should expect to see all three JUCO players to see immediate field time next season.
Stoops landed four of the top five players in the state with the fifth heading to Western (without Petrino). 16 members of this class received a 4* ranking at at least one of the four major services and 10 were listed in either the Rivals top 250 or the ESPN, Scout or 247 top 300. With Stoops having two recruiting classes under his belt and new facilities and a new stadium on the way, can we expect to see the culture change and a bowl game that the BBN has been hoping for? Let me know what you think on twitter @lyndseygough
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