Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation,and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.
Today’s big news is also yesterday’s big news – the decision of a national top ten-ranked lineman to come to Kentucky in the 2020 class, in this case offensive guard Justin Rogers of Oak Park, Michigan.
It has been exceedingly rare for Kentucky to pick up a player ranked above four stars by any service, but even more rare for the Wildcats to land such a player on the offensive or defensive lines.
Jamie Boggs has all the details here, in case you somehow missed it. This is excellent news for the Kentucky program moving forward in the future, and puts the 2020 class well into the top 25 in the country. 2019 is no slouch (currently at 35 in the nation), but in the SEC, that usually gets you near the bottom of the class rankings.
Kentucky’s football recruiting has never been up there with the great programs, and maybe never will be. But Stoops & Co. have done a fine job of getting quality players to come here and then coaching them up to SEC quality. It will really help a lot if he can begin to get prospects the quality of Rogers.
Tweet of the Morning
Five-star offensive guard Justin Rogers has committed to the UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY. @AllAmerican52JR is the highest-rated recruit to pick UK in the ranking era.— Josh Moore (@HLpreps) May 20, 2019
Wildcats won from a final six that included Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.https://t.co/fsM9oyepVJ
Justin Rogers picks KENTUCKY!!!!!— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 20, 2019
Highest ranked commit in Rivals rankings in UK history
Looks like a big deal to me.
- Justin Roger’s mom says Michigan football didn’t reach out to him enough. Bad luck for them, good luck for UK.
- Where Kentucky stands with 2020 recruiting targets.
- Rivals says Kentucky is in a dead heat with Duke for the services of 5-star shooting guard B.J. Boston. That article also contains a Jaden McDaniels update.
Other Kentucky sports
- Kentucky Softball is headed to the Pacific Northwwest with a trip to the Women’s College World Series on the line. Meanwhile, the schedule for the SR games is now in.
- Kentucky’s difficult year on the baseball diamond ended Saturday. Hopefully next season will be much better.
- Despite being seriously linked with the college basketball FBI investigation, LSU’s Will Wade lands yet another strong 5-star recruit, Trendon Watford.
- How did I miss John Beilein’s leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers? Who knows, but the Wolverines are now in a full-on coaching search, but only focusing on a few main candidates.
- Grant Williams says goodbye to Tennessee.
- Memphis lands Precious Achiuwa and now has the #1 class in college basketball according to 247Sports.
- The sons of Kenyon Martin (K.J.) and Scottie Pippen (Jr.) are headed to Vanderbilt to play for new coach Jerry Stackhouse.
Other sports news
- Love me some Bill Raftery.
CBS Sports' Bill Raftery wins the Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality - Sports Event Analyst pic.twitter.com/XGaW5MtTyr— CBS Sports PR (@CBSSportsGang) May 21, 2019
- Anthony Davis and John Wall turned down Zion Williamson’s request for an autograph when he was a kid. That’s why Williamson says he signs every kid’s autograph request.
- Impressive. Very impressive.
Curry/Dray/Klay making 5 straight Finals in the West is pretty special. Going 5-0 without KD was ridiculous. I’m just impressed.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 21, 2019
More important: the Warriors are 7-0 in the playoffs when Swedish Larry plays at least 5 minutes. #advancedmetrics #sloanconference2020
- Visible and infrared visualization of the Orion Nebula.