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One of the biggest hurdles Mark Stoops had to face with accepting the job at Kentucky was recruiting. Having to recruit against the rest of the SEC, Ohio State, the Florida schools, and etc. was going to be an exceptionally difficult task. Stoops has not been shy about sticking his nose into quite a few high school and JUCO prospects. For anyone following all the news (including me), the dictionary full of new names and faces can be quite overwhelming. Here are the guys that have received offers from Stoops and UK:
Ben Bradley – DT – Kansas – **** 5.8 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/4/2013
Asianti Woulard - QB - Florida – **** 5.9 - Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Jason Hatcher - DE - Kentucky – **** 5.8 - USC - Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Ra’Shaad Samples – WR - Texas – **** 5.8 - Oklahoma State – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Alvonte Bell - DE - Florida – *** 5.7 - Kentucky - Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Aregeros Turner - RB - Ohio - *** 5.7 - Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Jojo Kemp - RB - Florida – *** 5.7 - Uncommitted - Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Janarion Grant – WR - Florida – *** 5.7 - Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Blake McClain - CB -Florida *** 5.6 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Antoine Miles – DE – Ohio – *** 5.5 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Ryan Timmons – WR – Kentucky – *** 5.7 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
Javess Blue – WR – Kansas – *** 5.5 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
Stafon McCray – RB – Florida – *** 5.5 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
Marquez Valdes – WR – Florida – *** 5.5 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
Jeff Badet – WR – Florida – *** 5.5 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
Darren Dowdell – TE – Georgia – *** 5.5 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
DeAngelo Yancey – WR – Georgia – *** 5.5 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/18/2013
Nate Willis – CB – Arizona – *** 5.6 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/25/2013
Ander Bodkin – OL – Florida – *** 5.6 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/25/2013
Justin Day – OL – South Carolina – *** 5.5 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/25/2013
Ramsey Meyers – OL – Florida – *** 5.5 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/25/2013
Austin MacGinnis – K – Alabama – *** 5.5 – Kentucky – Visit Date: 1/25/2013
Mackensie Alexander – CB – Florida – **** 6.0 – Uncommitted
Rob Crayton – DT – Alabama – **** 5.8 – Uncommitted
Jaleel Hytchye – CB – Ohio – *** 5.7 – Uncommitted
Lovell Patterson – DT/OC – Ohio – *** 5.7 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
Daryl Chesnut – RB – Florida – *** 5.7 – Uncommitted
Matt Dayes – RB -Florida – *** 5.6 – Uncommitted
Kyle Meadows – OT – Ohio – *** 5.7 – Uncommitted – Visit Date: 1/11/2013
George Williams – LB – Florida – *** 5.7 – Uncommitted
Maurice Swain – OT – Georgia – *** 5.6 – Uncommitted
Duke Riley – LB – Louisiana – *** 5.6 – Uncommitted
Sean Paul – CB – Florida – *** 5.6 – Uncommitted
Donald Gage – WR - Louisiana - *** 5.6 – Houston – 1/25/2013
First thing that you have to notice is the locations of these guys. A lot of Florida and Ohio, mixed with some Georgia and Kentucky. A lot of really rich recruiting grounds that Stoops promised he would win battles in. To win the battle, you must step into the war. Stoops must have been calling recruits right after saying yes to the Kentucky job. The shear number of prospects is impressive, and then you look at how they are ranked. A lot of stars next to those names, something that Kentucky fans do not normally see beside a recruit unless he plays basketball.
If you take a look at the dates of their visits, you may notice that the bulk of these recruits are visiting on the 11th, 18th, and 25th. Some huge recruiting weekends are coming around the corner, and one must wonder how many can Stoops grab from this impressive list? The idea of having guys of this caliber even considering Kentucky is exciting. A huge crop of guys will be coming in every weekend. Hopefully, the players that take recruiting visits together could form a bond and want to play alongside each other. The news would get even better if those players decided to do so as Kentucky Wildcats.
Update: Ben Bradley was on campus today for an official visit. Most recent rumors have him signing with Auburn on Monday. 2013 recruit Jarran Reed, a 3-star JUCO DT, is scheduled to visit UK Jan. 18th or 25th. Currently, Reed is committed to Ole Miss. 2014 RB Mikel Horton has also picked up an offer from UK.
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