It’s amazing what a little momentum, some good publicity, and the power of the SEC is capable of doing in today’s college football universe.
The Kentucky Wildcats football program has been filled with mediocrity for years now, consistently finishing in the bottom of the SEC and struggling to even get bowl eligible. That didn’t stop the Wildcats from going out and making one of the biggest coaching hires in the offseason with Mark Stoops, who was previously the defensive coordinator at Florida State.
Stoops, who comes from a great coaching family, has gotten incredible momentum and hype to surround the program, and recruits are taking notice.
The Wildcats have gotten from commitments from three 4-star players in the span of just two days, totaling their commit total to 13 so far for the 2014 class. The 2014 class already featured two big time 4-star recruits in quarterback Drew Barker and wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass.
The first of the commits this week was 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end Denzel Ware out of Crestview Senior High School in Crestview, Florida. Ware was ranked the 23rd overall defensive end prospect and held offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida and Ohio State.
The next commit was 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback Mike Edwards out of Winton Woods High School in Cincinatti, Ohio. Edwards is a big defensive back prospect who could play either corner or safety and held offers from schools like Louisville, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
The last of the recent swing of commits was 6-foot, 195-pound safety Darius West out of Lima Central Catholic High School in Lima, Ohio. West was one of the most sought after defensive back prospects in the mid-west and held offers from schools like Michigan State, Notre Dame and Penn State.
This gives Kentucky the 12th best recruiting class in the nation at the current time. It is amazing what coach Stoops has been able to do in such a short time, especially considering they haven’t played a game.