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2015 Football Recruiting

#NSD15: Hold On To Your Butts!

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Kentucky Football: National Signing Day 2015

It's been a crazy recruiting cycle for UK. There's plenty of reason for frustration, but a significant silver-lining.

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UK Expecting 3 NSD Surprises?

Watch throughout the AM at as the #UK2015Class takes shape! #StoopsTroops

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Check out UK football's Instagram account. UK currently has 17 known commits poised to fax in their NLI's tomorrow morning. On UK's big board they list the early enrollees of the known 17 along with the two Nebraska transfers for a total of 19 blocks for the board; however, if you look on the very edge of the right corner it appears UK also has blocks "21" and "22". If that's the case, UK may be expecting three more commits tomorrow. Commence late night speculation.

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UK Gets Running Back Commitment

UK football coaches are still grinding. With NSD swiftly approaching they secured the commitment from a running back tonight named Sihiem King. King is a 247 Sports three star composite back from Georgia. He recently visited Wake Forest and Washington State. His 247 profile says he had a coaching visit from Shannon Dawson on the second of December. According to Rivals he scored 22 touchdowns in a playoff run this year. I'm glad to see UK take at least one back in this class.

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Yahtzee! Derrick Baity Picks 'Cats

At last, some good news. This is one we needed. Baity is a 3-star cornerback from Tampa, Florida with excellent size at 6‘2”, 170#. He will need to put on about 25# of muscle, but that should be no problem with Erik Korem’s high-performance training. He had offers from such worthies as Louisville, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Iowa. At last, some good news

Previewing Tomorrow's National Signing Day

It's been a crazy recruiting cycle for UK. There's plenty of reason for frustration, but a significant silver-lining.

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Jason Strowbridge Decommits From Kentucky

Defensive end Jason Strowbridge decommitted from UK earlier today. 247 Sports crystal ball gurus projected him going elsewhere for the last few months. Today he announced he'll be attending North Carolina. Anyone else numb to decommits at this point? I've moved past numbness and am just dead inside.

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Sullivan Simpson Accepts Preferred Walk-on Offer

Sometimes, the value of these kinds of players are hard to measure. They become scholarship players fairly often after a year or so. Here are his Hudl highlights. Check them out.

Joshua Allen Commits (Updated)

Hey Hey Hey Hey...Get a Yahtzee every day.


UK gets pledge from a second receiver. Our long national nightmare is over.

The Football Decommits Are A Blip

Let's talk about it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, activity with regard to the 2015, 2016, and 2017 classes.

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.

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.

Harbaugh To Michigan Hurts UK Recruiting

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

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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 game of it in order to gain respect and maybe momentum in the minds of recruits. Win the game and shock the world. This game is the CBS prime-time game. When was the last time that’s happened?

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.

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Double-Yahzee Possible This Weekend?

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

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UK Poised For Huge Recruiting Weekend

How about some good news? Reading the clues in that tweet along with the photos, it would appear that Damien Harris will be visiting UK for the second straight weekend along with Florida commit George Brown Jr., defensive lineman Kengera Daniel, and I assume "four star duo" means Andrew and David Dowell (especially since that fourth photo looks like David Dowell's profile on recruiting sites). Not too shabby. With Hank cruising the Caribbean, I'll get out a visit round-up at the end of the week.

High School Action at the Nationaland State Level

It seems each week, some teams move up in the polls and then promptly lose their next game. This past week it happened to Bowling Green (KY) High School. It also happened to Lakewood (OH) St. Edward and a couple of others.

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Darius Fullwood Decommits

UK lost a commitment tonight from Darius Fullwood of Maryland. The defensive end/linebacker hybrid was originally heralded as UK's continued success in the DMV region. It's important to note that Fullwood only committed to UK after not getting the Ohio State offer he clearly wanted, and with that in mind his departure is not altogether surprising. Best of luck to the young man.


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