Saturday Morning Tailgate: Kentucky Changing the Football Culture, Recruiting at Elite Levels…

  

Wildcats Are Recruiting With the Elite: The 2012 season was a very forgettable year for the football Wildcats and ultimately led to firing of Joker Phillips and the hiring of Mark Stoops. Coach Stoops and the new Wildcat coaching staff are quickly changing the football and recruiting culture in Lexington, Kentucky. Below is the wish list for the University of Kentucky coaching staff in the 2014 recruiting class:

  • Andrew Williams, 6’4, 245lbs – DE – (McDonough, GA) Eagle’s Landing Christian High School - Other Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
  • Drew Barker (right), 6’3, 215lbs – 6’3, 215lbs, – QB – (Burlington, KY) Connor High School – Other Offers: Ole Miss, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, South Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi State and Cincinnati.
  • Mikel Horton, 6’1, 230lbs – RB – (West Chester, OH) Lakota West High School - Other Offers: Indiana, Kent State and Toledo.
  • Denzel Ware, 6’2, 220lbs – DE – Opp (AL) – Other Offers: Florida St., Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Texas and USC among others. (Current UK Commit)
  • DeMarquis Gates, 6’2, 220lbs – OLB – Lovejoy (Hampton, GA) High School – Other Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
  • Kendrick Holland, 6’4, 175lbs – WR –Winter Haven (FL) – Other Offers: Clemson, Virginia Tech, USF and Rutgers.
  • Josh Malone (right), 6’5, 185lbs – WR – (Gallatin, TN) Station Camp High School – Other Offers: Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
  • Jarrett LaRubbio, 6’5, 265lbs – OG – (Liberty Township, OH) Lakota East High School - Other Offers: Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Toledo.
  • De’Eric Culver, 6’0, 180lbs – CB – (Tallahassee, FL) Godby High School -  Other Offers: Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State.
  • Mike Edwards, 6’0, 180lbs – S – (Cincinnati, OH) Winton Woods High School - Other Offers: Indiana, Bowling Green, Illinois, and Kent State.
  • Dorian Hendrix (right), 6’1, 215lbs – OLB – (Huber Heights, OH) Wayne High School – Other Offers: Indiana, Illinois, Toledo, Bowling Green, Ohio, Buffalo. (Current UK Commit)
  • Derek Kief, 6’5, 180lbs – WR – (Cincinnati, OH) LaSalle High School – Other Offers: Ohio State, Northwestern, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Maryland, West Virginia.
  • Patrick Porter, 6’0, 170lbs – CB – (Cottondale, AL) Paul W. Bryant High School – Other Offers: Cincinnati and Ole Miss.
  • Jacob Pugh, 6’4, 215lbs – OLB – (Tallahassee, FL) Godby High School - Other Offers: Florida State, USC, Miami, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi and Vanderbilt. 
  • Deion Singleton (right), 6’2, 169lbs – DB – (Tallahassee) Godby High School – Other Offers: Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee.
  • Ethan Wolf, 6’6, 245lbs – TE – Minster (OH) – Other Offers: Indiana, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kent State and Pittsburgh.
  • Braxton Berrios, 5’10, 165lbs – WR – (Raleigh, NC) Leesville Rd. High School – Other Offers: South Carolina, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Minnesota, East Carolina.
  • Blake Bone (right), 6’5, 185lbs – WR – Woodruff (SC) High School – Other Offers: Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina, North Carolina State and North Carolina.
  • Cortez McDowell, 6’3, 200lbs – S – Locust Grove (GA) – Other Offers: Alabama, Florida St., Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ohio State.
  • Andrew Beck, 6’3, 240lbs – ILB – (Tampa, FL) Plant High School – Other Offers: USF, Boston College, Miami, and UCF.
  • Steph Durham, 5’11, 180lbs – CB – (Jacksonville, FL) Atlantic Coast High School – Other Offers: South Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt.
  • Matt Elam, 6’6, 325lbs – DT – Elizabethtown (KY) John Hardin High School –  Other Offers: Alabama and Louisville.
  • Clifton Garrett (right), 6’3, 225lbs – OLB – Plainfield (IL) High School – Other Offers: Ohio State, USC, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and LSU.
  • Drake Harris, 6’4, 185lbs – WR – Grand Rapids (MI) Christian High School – Other Offers: Alabama, California, Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska.
  • DeMarre Kitt, 6’1, 195lbs – WR – (Tyrone, GA) Sandy Creek High School - Other Offers: Clemson, Ohio St., Auburn, Oregon, Texas A&M, and Nebraska
  • Nick Richardson, 6’4, 285lbs – OT – Westerville (OH) Central High School - Other Offers: Cincinnati, Michigan State, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana and Toledo.
  • Stephen Roberts, 6’0, 180lbs – CB – Opelika (AL) High School - Other Offers: Alabama and Auburn.
  • Nicholas Ruffin (right), 6’0, 170lbs – CB – (Atlanta, GA) St. Pius Catholic High School – Other Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Tennessee.
  • Darius West, 5’11, 190lbs – S – (Lima, OH) Central West High School - Other Offers: West Virginia, Louisville, Rutgers, Indiana, Purdue and Penn State.
  • RaShaan Gaulden, 6’1, 175lbs – S – (Spring Hill, TN) Independence High School – Other Offers: Mississippi State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt.
  • T.J. Harrell, 6’1, 210lbs – RB/S – (Tampa, FL) Tampa Catholic High Shcool- Other Offers: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, UCLA and Miami (FL).
  • Darrion Owens, 6’3, 215lbs – Safety – (Jacksonville, FL) Orange Park High School - Other Offers: Boston College, North Carolina State, Maryland and Iowa State.
  • Thaddeus Snodgrass (right), 6’1, 185lbs – WR – Springfield (OH) High School – Other Offers: Ohio State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Kent State, Nebraska, Michigan State.
  • Tymere Dubose, 6-6, 270lbs – DT – Youngstown (OH) Christian School High School – Other Offers: Akron, Kent State, Ohio and Northern Illinois.
  • Joe Henderson, 6’4, 215lbs – DE – (Cleveland, OH) Shaker Heights High School - Other Offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Bowling Green.
  • Austin Robert (right), 6’2, 210lbs – WR – Carmel (IN) High School – Other Offers: Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Stanford, Illinois, Indiana, Stanford, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
  • Keyon Brown, 6’2, 229lbs – DE – (Wauchula, FL) Hardee Senior High School - Other Offers: Miami, USF, Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia and Ole Miss.
  • Nolan Kelleher, 6’6, 285lbs – OG – (Mount Pleasant, SC) Wando High School - Other Offers: Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke and Connecticut, UGA and FSU.
  • Marshon Lattimore, 6’0, 185lsb – WR – (Cleveland, OH) Glenville High School - Other Offers: Ohio State, USC, Michigan, Tennessee, Cincinnati and Alabama.

  

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