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Recruits react to Mark Stoops staying at Kentucky

Many people and recruits believed Mark Stoops was going to accept the Texas A&M job, but now, recruits react to Stoops staying.

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Saturday night was a crazy one for the media, fans, and recruits, as many people expected that Mark Stoops was leaving for Texas A&M.

But just after midnight Sunday, it was announced that Stoops was staying with the Kentucky Wildcats.

A Sea of Blue spoke to some of the class of 2024 recruits who are currently verbally committed to Kentucky and what they had to say about Stoops staying.

These quotes will be anonymous to keep the recruits protected.

“Feels great,” said one verbal commit. “Glad he is staying to see this class through. It’s a great class with a lot of talent.”

“I’m grateful he’s staying I’m glad to be a part of the Mark Stoops era,” said another recruit.

Some recruits even felt relief that Stoops was staying at Kentucky.

“Relief. Not being from the area, the culture of the program and the coaching staff was a huge part of my decision,” said a Kentucky commit. “A lot of programs “bigger” than Kentucky were recruiting me, but Kentucky felt like home from the first visit. If he had left, and the staff involved in my recruitment had left too, I would have likely moved on. But he’s staying, so bring on signing day!”

“It’s a relief. I’m glad I’ll be able to spend at least one year with him because he’s a great coach,” said another commit. “Hopefully, all 4.”

One recruit is ready to conquer some more challenges with Mark Stoops and Kentucky.

“It feels great. I love coach Stoops,” said a class of 2024 commit. “He’s a great coach, and I can’t wait to play for him. I know he will get Kentucky where we want to be. We just have to knock down some more doors.”

With the early National Signing Day coming up, one recruit is ready to sign his National Letter of Intent and get ready to go to Lexington to play at Kentucky and Mark Stoops.

“It feels good to know that he is staying, and I can’t wait to get up there and play for him,” said a commit in the class of 2024.

“It’s great, excited for the offseason,” said a final recruit.

Of course, if any more recruits who are verbally committed to Kentucky respond back, we will share their answers, but it sounds like they’re all excited to see Stoops back for another year and are ready to take the program to another level while playing at Kentucky.

Kentucky currently has the 21st-best recruiting class in 2024, according to 247 Sports. As long as none of the recruits flip to another school during National Signing Day, it could be a special class this upcoming year.