Thursday, May 23, 2013
Kentucky joins top 25 recruiting classes
By Chris Low
Kentucky has entered the ranks of ESPN's top 25 recruiting classes for 2014, giving the SEC 10 teams in the top 25.
Keep in mind that these rankings are extremely fluid and will certainly change as we get closer to the 2014 signing day. Prospects will invariably change their minds, while other schools will move up the rankings as they add ESPN 150 players.
Still, to see the Wildcats sitting there at No. 23 at this point tells you all you need to know about the the job Mark Stoops and his staff have done in selling that program.
The big catch was landing ESPN 150 quarterback Drew Barker of Hebron, Ky. He's ranked by ESPN as the No. 7 pocket passer nationally, and it's imperative that the Wildcats be able to keep big-time homegrown prospects from going out-of-state.
Barker also had South Carolina and Tennessee in hot pursuit, among other teams.
Of the Wildcats' seven commitments to this point, five are from the state of Ohio, which was a key recruiting area for Stoops in the 2013 class and will continue to be so.
Michigan is No. 1 overall in the latest class rankings. Five SEC teams are in the top 10. LSU is No. 3, Florida No. 4, Texas A&M No. 5, Tennessee No. 7 and Alabama No. 9.
Ole Miss is No. 11, Georgia No. 12, Auburn No. 19, Vanderbilt No. 22 and Kentucky No. 23.