It was a big day in the recruiting world for Mark Stoops and company as they continue to ride a wave of success after defeating the Louisville Cardinals in the Governor’s Cup showdown.
Kentucky Wildcats football recruiting has been on a major upswing as Stoops nabbed two major prospects in a single day.
First, four-star defensive end Joshua Paschal picked the ‘Cats over Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and a host of others. Then last night, Lonnie Johnson, one of the top defensive backs coming out of the JUCO ranks picked Kentucky over Georgia and West Virginia.
Ben Roberts from the LHL wrote a nice piece on the recruiting coup and added that Kentucky is now up to #25 in the 24/7 class composite rankings.
Justin Rowland from Rivals tweeted where the ‘Cats rank in regards to Rivals:
Lonnie Johnson was recruited by UK as a cornerback. 6-foot-3, just what they like. UK's class now ranked No. 22 @rivals.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 13, 2016
Not too shabby, folks. And they aren’t finished, yet.
Tweet of the Day
Just throwing this out there. Many will disagree. This 'moment' for UK football may be a more hopeful time than any since late 1970's.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 14, 2016
For the first time since the Rich Brooks Era, I’m feeling great about Kentucky Football. Like, I think we are going to be really good next year and beyond.
Sticking with the football theme, the spring game is a night affair and I bet the atmosphere will be quite enjoyable.
Boom Williams, Jon Toth, Jordan Jones, and Mike Edwards all received postseason awards from Phil Steele. All well-deserved for these guys.
I was able to listen to the Cal Cast, the inaugural podcast from one John Calipari and I must say that I was impressed. I thought his interview with Charles Barkley was insightful and engaging. I am looking forward to future podcasts with the coach. Missed it? Here are the highlights.
Neither Derek Willis or Wenyen Gabriels have wrestled control of the final starting spot for the Wildcats and that is a problem heading into the hardest portion of the current season.
Tyler Thompson from KSR looks at 10 reasons why the TaxSlayer Bowl is the best Christmas present ever for UK football. And I think we are already seeing it pay off.
UK re-ups with the CBS Sports Classic for three more years. The ‘Cats, along with North Carolina, Ohio State, and UCLA will all stick with the deal. The ‘Cats will get yet another shot at revenge against the Bruins in 2017.
Kyle Tucker from SEC Country grades the Wildcats through their first ten games. Everybody passes, but the lowest marks are given to Gabriel and Willis. Please see above article as to why.
De’Aaron Fox comes in at #3 and Malik Monk at #9 in Matt Norlander’s top ten freshman rankings. How Monk isn’t top five is completely baffling. He was looked over in the preseason and he continues to be looked over despite being one of the best players in the country.
Remember when Wake Forrest accused the Louisville Cardinals of stealing their game plan? Well, turns out a Wake radio guy was the one that leaked it and he’s been doing it for some time. Tommy Elrod, a former player and assistant coach, is the culprit.
Former Kentucky basketball player Sean Woods has now been charged with battery for back handing a player across the chest. Woods is already on suspension but the likelihood of his return seems doubtful at this point.
Alan Thicke, the dad from Growing Pains, has passed away at 69. You had to get one more in, didn’t you 2016?