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Kentucky 2014 Football Recruiting - Dear Santa

Let's take a few moments to dream about sugar plums and (especially) cookies in the spirit of the holiday season. I've sent Santa my list what I want in our blue and white stocking.


Before I get to Santa, Kentucky's current Rivals rank is #12 in the team rankings for our 2014 commitments. That puts Kentucky in 7th place in the SEC: 7th. We have Ole Miss nipping at our heals with the #13 class and you know #15 LSU will be getting some big time recruits. We might stay ahead of #19 Vanderbilt if we get no more commitments.

With no more changes, Kentucky would rank #3 in the ACC behind Miami and Florida State, and we would rank #2 in the Big XII just behind #11 Texas. In the B1G, we would also be #2 behind #7 Ohio State. Our recruiting class would rank #1 in all the other conferences in a static world.

The world, however, isn't static; it is dynamic and many of the teams ranked below us have more available spots than we do. So, fasten your seat belt and let's take a ride in a Ferrari. Forget the Yugo for a few moments.

We currently have 24 commitments in a class rumored to have 28 available spots. We also have to have scholarships to be claimed for some transfers: Braylon Heard, Demetrious and Chris Davis and Joey Herrick (who saw game action this year). It is also known that walk-on redshirt freshman Cole Mosier could wind up with a scholarship for the 2014 season. He has impressed the coaching staff in practice that much.

Trying to do the math for an 85 man roster on scholarship is, in my opinion, the equivalent of rocket science. I'm going to leave it to the coaches to figure out, but one of our highly skilled readers may have a handle on it.

Here's what I know:

1. The remaining eight from the 2009 class, all red shirts, are gone because their eligibility has expired.

2. Five players from the 2010 class who were true seniors are also gone.

3. Two junior red shirts from the 2010 class participated in the Senior Day activities in addition to one JUCO transfer from the 2012 class. Here's the entire list from Senior Day who won't be returning.

4. Two members of the 2013 class did not qualify academically and never enrolled. Also, one member of that class was dismissed before the season began.

5. One player from the 2012 class was dismissed and another two transferred before the August enrollment.

6. Before the August enrollment, Stoops suggested to three players from the 2012 class that they should transfer. Another was dismissed, one left the team and one walk-on who had earned a scholarship became academically ineligible. One true sophomore from the 2012 was also academically ineligible.

7. Two members of this year's team have announced they are transferring since the season ended. One is from the 2011 class and the other is from the 2012 class.

8. One member of the 2011 class in on an indefinite suspension. It is not known at this time if he will be invited back.

9. Z'Darius Smith and Bud Dupree announced they will be back for their senior season.

Here's what I've recently learned:

1. We are about to have another early signee and early enrollee in addtion to the five who've already done so. Cory Johnson will be #6.

2. December enrollees do not count against the SEC limit of 25 which means Kentucky is likely to sign 25 on Signing Day excluding the six guys above. They do, however, apply to the NCAA's roster limitation of 85. There could be one more before the enrollment deadline.

Is Santa Clause going to stuff our stocking with care?

Wouldn't it be great if Matt Elam announces he's attending UK on January 4th at the Army All-American game?

Wouldn't it be great if Marcelys Jones flips at the Army All-American game. Better yet, what if he flips on Signing Day?

Wouldn't it be great if Marshon Lattlimore and Eric Smith of Cleveland's Glenville do the same? That would mean a sweep of the Glenville Three.

Wouldn't it be great if four players announce for Kentucky at the Army All-American game? Think of the national exposure before Signing Day.

Wouldn't it be great if UK's recruiting class turns out to be in the 32-33 range? Tennessee already has 34 commitments. Just sayin'.

Wouldn't it be great if the Cats finish Signing Day with a Rivals Top 10 class?

I've sent this Christmas wish list to the North Pole for Santa to consider. I'm sure he's checking it twice with a twinkle in his eye and a "HO, HO, HO."