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Kentucky Football: Javess Blue, Playmaker

Javess Blue has come a long way from Butler County Community College in Kansas, and boy, does his name fit his college choice perfectly.

Blue is a multidimensional player who can return punts and kickoffs as well as run routes and catch passes. He had 65 catches for 1064 yards and 12 touchdowns for Butler County CC last year, and was ranked the #78 JUCO prospect in America by West Virgina, Arizona St, Mississippi St. and Texas A&M where among the schools vying for Blue's services.

Blue is at Kentucky because of UK running backs coach Chad Scott, a former UK tailback himself who was with UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown at Texas Tech in the same position. Chad Scott stuck with Blue despite shaky academics, helped place him at Butler County CC and continued to recruit him, according to Larry Vaught.

Blue is the perfect example of relationship recruiting, and not giving up on a player who has some difficulty or other that keeps him from being an easy target. That relationship showed up in spades when former Texas Tech head coach, Tommy Tuberville left for Cincinnati while Blue was visiting the Red Raiders:

"The reports that he (Tuberville) was at a meal with recruits and just left, they are true because Javess was at that meal. Javess really got turned off by Tuberville during that visit," Hanes said. "Luckily, it all worked out at Kentucky. As soon as they (Brown and Scott) landed there, one of the first calls Chad made was to us. He wanted to make the deal work out with Javess.

Tuberville's rudeness was Kentucky's gain, and now Blue is officially a Wildcat.

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