On Monday, the University of Kentucky commits for the 2014 class were ready to welcome a new Wildcat. 3-star offensive lineman Brady Taylor was rumored to be a heavy UK lean and chose the ‘Cats over Virginia Tech. Taylor then decided to send some shock waves through the Big Blue Nation and chose Virginia Tech instead. The flip left Kentucky fans and commits a little shocked, only left with the dice still in their hands and a ready cry of “Yahtzee” that was never heard.
Calling Taylor’s move “shocking” could be an understatement considering the recent reign Kentucky has enjoyed in the Buckeye State. Vince Marrow takes a rare loss in Ohio with Taylor’s defection to the Hokies. 2014 QB commit Drew Barker took to Twitter to console his loyal followers and offer some words of encouragement. In a Nostradamus fashion, Barker told the Big Blue Nation not to worry about the gaping hole on the offensive line left from Taylor. He said to trust him, big things were coming. A day later, Barker’s words were proven true.
In the early afternoon of Tuesday, news began to break of a possible commitment from Westerville, OH product Nick Richardson. The rumor began to peek the interest of Kentucky fans as they once again readied their dice. After being spurned just a day ago, Wildcat fans were able to celebrate after Richardson confirmed his commitment via his Twitter account. The proverbial “cat” was out of the bag a day early, as Richardson had planned to make the announcement a day later.
Adding Richardson to their 2014 class, Kentucky picks up their 22nd overall commit and 9th from Ohio. The ‘Cats now have pledges from the 4th (Mikel Horton), 5th (Darius West), 7th (Nick Richardson), 8th (Thaddeus Snodgrass), 19th (Mike Edwards), 29th (Jarrett LaRubbio), 32nd (Darryl Long), and 34th (Dorian Hendrix) ranked players in the state of Ohio. Perhaps more astonishingly, Kentucky has racked up a total of 10 commits ranked as 4-star prospects since Mark Stoops’ arrival. For Stoops, he has now landed more 4-star recruits than any other Kentucky coach in history. He is yet to coach his first game in Lexington.
Judging by the roll Kentucky was on, ‘Cats fans must have thought Mark Stoops and his staff had lost their mojo. A team that went 2-10 a year ago, once held the top spot in the 2014 class recruiting rankings. After missing on Taylor, Richardson was a huge pick-up for the Wildcats. As customary when Kentucky picks up another commit, I will end this article with their favorite phrase. Yahtzee!