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Kentucky Football: Wildcats' Historic Recruiting Is Just Getting Silly Now

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters during a press conference at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
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Vinny HardyCorrespondent IJune 16, 2013

For longtime, long-suffering Kentucky football fans, you know exactly what I mean by the title of this article.

Down through the years, there have been brief snippets of positive moments.

I wasn't born when Bear Bryant called Lexington home. I was too young to remember the Derrick Ramsey and Art Still era in the 1970s that won UK's last SEC football title.

It was fun watching fellow Eastern Kentuckians Tim Couch and George Massey do good things in the 1990s.

Who can forget the three consecutive bowl wins during the Rich Brooks era? Joker Phillips won at Auburn and Georgia and snapped the Cats' ridiculous losing steak to Tennessee.

All of these things are something to be proud of. That's all most UK football fans want, a team that can consistently make them feel proud.

Mark Stoops and his staff are doing their best to do just that. Although they have yet to coach a game, the roll these guys are on with recruiting is something that has never been seen at Kentucky.

The way they jumped in, rolled up their sleeves and went to work on the 2013 class was definitely an impressive start.

They have picked up where they left off and then some when it comes to the 2014 class.

Now, to be honest, the staff offering a scholarship to seventh grade defensive back Jairus Brents is actually silly. But with all of the positive momentum going on right now, the staff gets a pass for that.

Rank School Total 5-starCommits 4-starCommits 3-starCommits Avg Points
#1 Texas A&M 14 0 8 5 3.5 1659
#2 Texas 18 0 5 12 3.29 1613
#3 Kentucky 17 0 5 11 3.31 1601
#4 Tennessee 15 0 6 9 3.4 1570
#5 Notre Dame 11 2 6 3 3.91 1433
#6 Michigan 11 1 4 6 3.55 1366
#7 Florida State 15 0 5 8 3.38 1350
#7 Alabama 11 0 7 3 3.55 1350
#9 Clemson 11 1 5 4 3.7 1290
#10 Baylor 19 0 3 7 2.68 1249

 

It is still very early in the game and a long way until National Signing Day in February.

That said, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is Kentucky that you see in the top three in the nation in football recruiting.

It's been a total team effort among the coaches and players. Drew Barker, the top QB in the state, committed to UK over South Carolina and has been like another recruiter ever since. Barker is also enlightening everyone about what's going on with him through his diary.

 

I told you all this would be the best class in UK history! We are turning dreams into REALITY!!! #UK2014 #TurnUp

— Drew Barker (@D_Barker7), June 13, 2013

 

Coach Stoops is, of course, leading the charge and setting the tone.

 

Yahtzee !!! BBN. Can I get a Yahtzee

— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops), June 13, 2013

 

The "Yahtzees"—the catchphrase that's uttered or tweeted with each new commitment—have been flowing freely for some time now.

The biggest surprise thus far came when Stanley "Boom" Williams, the No. 1 all-purpose back in the nation, made up his mind and said UK was the place for him.

 

#BBN #Yahtzee!!!

— Stanley Williams (@boom_that_guy), June 13, 2013

 

WR Tyre Brady didn't hold back on letting us know how he felt once he committed either.

 

I cried tears of joy today after telling my mom I committed to the university of Kentucky. #ProudCommit #BBN #StoopsTroops

— Tyre Brady (@Tyre_Brady), June 14, 2013

 

Lastly, DL Adrian Middleton chose Kentucky over Louisville just like fellow commit LB Nico Firios did.

 

Just COMMITTED to UK #BBN Time to start liking a new color.

— Adrian Middleton (@59OnMyChest), June 15, 2013

 

The newness of all of this and the excitement it has created is what's overwhelming. Watching all of these 4-star players commit is just silly—silly in a good way.

We hadn't even mentioned Darius West, Denzel Ware, Thaddeus Snodgrass or any of the rest of the talented members of this 2014 class.

Kentucky is always tops in the nation in basketball recruiting, much the same way Texas and Alabama are in football.

I'm not saying excitement about recruiting is lacking for those programs. Consistent high-level recruiting never gets old.

However, the schoolgirl giddiness for football that has swept through the Commonwealth and beyond is something no one will soon forget.

If Coach Stoops keeps this up, there will be a time when the giddiness subsides and everyone is just coolly excited about each incoming recruiting class. 

Until then, Yahtzee!

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