College Football Recruiting

Dowell Twins Decommit, 2015 In Jeopardy


In what is quite possibly the worst week ever for Kentucky football recruiting, Andrew and David Dowell, two 4-star players, have decommitted from Kentucky and flipped to Michigan State. Unlike the other recent decommitments, this is really a near-catastrophic setback for the Mark Stoops and the Kentucky recruiting class.

I have no idea if this is just a run of bad luck, or some kind of failure on the part of the staff, or just the difficulties at the end of last season coming home to roost. Whatever it is, this loss places Kentucky far out of the top 25 and almost out of the top 50 for 2015. This close to National Signing Day, it will take some kind of magical comeback to rescue 2015 from returning to the pre-Stoops depths of futility.

Very disappointing news, and that’s putting it mildly.

Davon Hamilton Decommits From Kentucky


Ohio defensive tackle Davon Hamilton committed to Kentucky in early December, but yesterday news broke that he had flipped his commitment to Ohio State. Hamilton had previously been committed to Ohio and Pitt prior to being committed to the Wildcats.

Hamilton had visited Ohio State last weekend for a national title celebration/recruiting weekend that saw 45,000 Buckeye fans fill The Horseshoe - undoubtedly an impressive sight. Hamilton had previously visited Columbus in November prior to his UK commitment, according to Eleven Warriors. Hamilton was the second UK commit to flip to Ohio State this cycle, the first being Alex Stump.

Ohio State is no longer facing scholarship reductions from NCAA penalties, and previous fringe recruits OSU would have passed on strictly due to numbers may begin to be in play. Those fringe recruits in Ohio will typically be UK targets.

UK Adds Commitment From Defensive Tackle


Rivals' Justin Rowland is reporting UK gained the commitment from Ohio defensive tackle Javon Provitt today. The three star 247 composite Provitt is listed as 6'3'' 305 pounds. If current defensive tackle commit DaVon Hamilton flips to Ohio State Provitt will blunt his departure. Provitt reportedly chose UK over West Virginia, Purdue, and Cincinnati. I've been told by a friend who coached against Provitt's high school team that he could play nose tackle or defensive tackle at the next level. Take that with a grain of salt for now.

Jeremiah Dinson Decommits


Florida cornerback Jeremiah Dinson decommitted from UK today after taking his official visit to Auburn this weekend. Recall last week UK flipped cornerback Chris Westry who had been committed to Auburn. Turnabout is indeed fair play. Dinson originally committed to UK in early September, but he never visited Lexington, according to his 247 profile. If he visits UK next weekend then the Wildcats still have a chance; otherwise, Auburn sounds like it's the choice. Best wishes to Dinson if he goes elsewhere.

Pace of Recruiting: January Update

A macro perspective on Kentucky football recruiting compared with selected others.

UK Football Potpourri


Analyzing three UK football stories: Za'Darius Smith at the Senior Bowl, the impact of the early enrollees, and yesterday's false Yahtzee.

UK Gets Commitment From 6'4'' Cornerback


247 Sports is reporting UK flipped a 6'4'' (!) cornerback from Auburn. His name is Chris Westry, and he apparently visited Lexington last weekend. UK's coaches have been recruiting taller defensive backs, but this is one of the tallest that I can remember. I suspect given Mark Stoops long track record of coaching and evaluating defensive backs, that he wouldn't offer a player of that height if he didn't also have the speed, quickness, and change of direction required for this position in the SEC. Great news and UK now has an insurance policy if Jeremiah Dinson's wandering eyes lead him to decommit and pursue other opportunities.

Is UK Football Recruiting about to bust loose?


The Wildcats haven’t received a commitment from the class of 2015 since 12/4/14. While others seem to be getting theirs, we have fallen to #37 in the Rivals Rankings for 2015. There is, however,...

Football Recruiting Isn't Slowing Down, Actually


The team more than doubled their win count, but recruiting hasn't noticeably improved. Or has it? Let's examine.

Damien Harris Picks Tide


Kentucky put up a good fight, but Damien Harris goes with the perennial title contenders, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Vince Marrow Staying At Kentucky


Kentucky keeps its recruiting ace, and signifies further commitment to the football program.

Will Harbaugh hurt Kentucky's recruiting in Ohio?


There is a lot of speculation going around about how Jim Harbaugh’s hiring at Michigan will affect Kentucky’s recruiting efforts, particularly in Ohio.

Blakeney's Decision Day


This seems ever so slightly overwrought to me. Blakeney is a good player, but I think Calipari is focusing on Malik Newman at this point.

If Blakeney picks UK, that's great, but I'm betting on LSU. I don't think Mizzou has enough to offer right now, but you can never tell about these young guys.

Harbaugh To Michigan Hurts UK Recruiting


This particular coaching carousel could have a major impact on Kentucky football recruiting.

Yahtzee: Kentucky Lands 4-star Center

A big commitment on Saturday for the Kentucky Wildcats as Versailles 4-star center Drake Jackson picks the Wildcats.

UK Football Has Important Recruiting Weekend


On Saturday there will be a fun UK-UNC basketball game, but in the stands some serious 'crootin' will be going on.

Yahtzee: Tyrone Riley Commits to UK Football


We interrupt the pending Kentucky-Kansas basketball game with breaking football news. Per Scout's Patrick Loney, UK football picked up a commitment tonight from 6'6'' 230 pound defensive end Tyrone Riley of Georgia. We now return you to your regular basketball game scheduling.



Kentucky receives commitment from three star defensive tackle.

Will a loss to the MSU Bulldogs affect recruiting?

With Mississippi State’s success and their ascent to the #1 spot in both the A/P and coaches polls, Kentucky is in a win-win situation when it comes to recruiting. The Wildcats only have to make a...

If You Build It, They Might Come


If you build it, they will come? Well, perhaps not, but if you don't build it, they probably won't come. It's hard to recruit well as a coach when your facilities are below par.

UK Commit Flips To OSU


High school receiver Alex Stump flips.

Yahtzee! Henry Clay's Robinson is a Wildcat

Davonte Robinson is one of the fastest football players in Kentucky, and he has committed to Mark Stoops' 2016 class.

You Can Sell A Lot Of Things, But Not Losing


It is important to see progress on the field. That's really the takeaway that means the most right now. You can sell the SEC, you can sell playing time, but you can't sell losing. You have to win.

Double Yahtzee! Dowell Twins Are Wildcats


The win over South Carolina pays off immediately as Andrew and David Dowell commit to Kentucky.

Big Recruits Heading to CWS [3pm Saturday Update]


UK-S.C. is turning into a major recruiting weekend.

Double-Yahzee Possible This Weekend?


Andrew and David Dowell, twin brothers from Ohio, could commit to Kentucky this weekend.

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