While we are all in a euphoric state with the recruiting efforts of Mark Stoops and his staff, you should be even more impressed after you read this. Nine of our 19 commitments are from Florida. You can check Rivals for their rating and rankings if you don't already know them.
Florida high school football consists of eight divisions from 1-A up to 8-A. The 8-A schools are the largest schools in the state and there are 76 of them. The reason there are so many divisions is due to population of the geographical area and population sizes of the various communities.
(Orlando Metro) Apopka HS won the 8-A state championship this past season, beating (Weston) Cypress Bay HS (Miami Metro) 53-50.
UK Commitments (Position, Name, High school, 2012 record):
WR Alex Montgomery is from (8-A Metro Ft. Lauderdale) Weston Cypress Bay (12-3).
DE Alvante Bell is from (8-A Metro Miami) Miramar Everglades (4-6).
OG Ramsey Meyers is from (6-A Metro Jacksonville) Orange Park Ridgeview (9-2).
RB Kahlid Thomas is from 5-A Tallahassee Godby who won the state championship for 2012, defeating Immokalee 21-20. Godby finished with a 14-1 record.
CB Blake McClain is from (8-A Metro Orlando) Winter Park (4-6)
DT/DE Regie Meant is from (Metro Ft. Meyers) Cape Coral (4-6)
WR(JUCO) Javess Blue is from Babson Park, FL which is located near Lake Wales in Central Florida. He attended 5-A Lake Wales HS and went to Butler C.C.
The New Guys:
JoJo Kemp ’s Deland HS team had to travel to Seminole for their (8-A Metro Orlando) Regional Quarter Final Game. Seminole won 26-12. Deland finished the season with a 6-5 record.
Jeff Badet ’s (Orlando) Freedom HS is also a large school (8-A) and placed second in their district to Orlando’s Dr. Phillips HS. Freedom finished with a 7-4 record. Freedom lost to (Tampa) Plant in their Regional Quarter Final playoff game.
My purpose here is to show where these kids are from and the level of completion they play. The 5-A to 8-A schools level of play compares to Kentucky’s (6-A) Louisville Trinity which is a national level program and (4-A) Ft. Thomas Highlands which is a regional level program.
The really good news is that Stoops isn’t finished yet.
Sources: Max Preps and the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) Websites.