Kentucky Wildcats: Strong Recruiting Class Nearly Complete

By Tim Letcher

The Kentucky Wildcats are making a splash in the college football world like they never have before. Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class is currently ranked in the Top 20 nationally by most recruiting services. And the Big Blue could still add a couple of high-profile players to what will become the best recruiting class in school history.

From the outside, many have to wonder how Kentucky is doing so well. Head coach Mark Stoops and his team suffered through a 2-10 season in 2013, one which didn’t show much promise for a program that is generally near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference.

However, Stoops and his staff have done a tremendous job of spinning last year’s results into a recruiting pitch for high school seniors. Instead of focusing on the 2-10 record in a negative light, Stoops and his staff have shown high school players that there is playing time available, and that these could be the players to turn Kentucky’s program around.

One of the major players in the recruiting efforts for Kentucky is assistant coach Vince Marrow. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Marrow has recruited the Buckeye State hard and heavy. On numerous occasions, Marrow and the Wildcats went head-to-head with the Ohio State Buckeyes and won. That has been impressive.

Kentucky still has a long way to go on the field, but getting better players into the program is the first step to get the program near the respectable level. If Stoops and Marrow can finish the deal on signing day next week, the Kentucky program will take the first of those very important steps.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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