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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Two Big Recruits In One Day Edition

In one day, Kentucky flipped two highly-rated football recruits from major football programs, giving the 2020 class a huge boost.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

It seems that Kentucky’s very successful 2019 football season is paying some serious dividends in recruiting, or at least it looks that way. Yesterday, Kentucky picked up two 4-star players, Columbus OH wide receiver Kalil Branham and Miami FL defensive end Samuel Anaele. In one day, Kentucky landed two of the highest-ranked recruits in its history.

Of course, all this depends on which recruiting service you prefer. Currently, Rivals has UK’s class with one five-star (Justin Rogers), three 4-stars, (John Young, Beau Allen and Anaele) and nine 3-stars. 247sports has it three 4-stars (Rogers, Anaele, Young) and ten 3-stars, with two players in the national top 200 and 5 players in the national top 400.

Kentucky has always lagged behind most of their SEC peers recruiting-wise, and that hasn’t changed. As of now, and despite his success, Stoops & Co. are only ranked #10 out of 12 in the SEC, and #22 overall by 247Sports. Rivals has UK 7th in the SEC and 20th overall.

Progress of a sort, but still pretty modest. The SEC is some pretty tough competition when it comes to recruiting in football.

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