BREAKDOWN: Is in-state recruiting going well?

With a new verbal commitment <i>reportedly</i> from Zipp Duncan, some Kentucky fans believe the 'Cats are owning the state despite the not-so-glowing 2-8 record. Is this true? The breakdown below helps for you to make your own decision.

So here are the rankings ...'s Kentucky state Rankings
1 James McKinney DT Louisville Central 6-3/275/4.90 ---
Lean to Michigan, Louisville
2 Corey Zirbel OL Murray 6-7/292/5.30 ---
Lean to Michigan and Miami
3 Brandon Deaderick DE Elizabethtown 6-4/230 ---
Lean to Auburn
4 Brandon Logan LB Lexington Catholic 6-1/210/4.70 ---
Lean to Michigan and Tennesee
5 Earl Heyman DE Ballard 6-4/240 ---
Lean to Louisville
6 Maurice Grinter LB Fairdale 6-3/220 ---
Committed to Louisville
7 Alfonso Smith S Waggener Trad 6-2/195/4.55 ---
Lean to Kentucky
8 Curtis Pulley QB Hopkinsville 6-2/190/4.60 ---
Committed to Kentucky
9 Mike Donoghue OL Covington Catholic 6-3/290 ---
Committed to Louisville
10 Michael Schwindel LB Hancock County 6-3/200/4.60 ---
Committed to Kentucky
11 Maurice Urrutia WR Fern Creek 6-4/180/4.65 ---
Lean to Louisville
12 Chris Todd QB Elizabethtown 6-3/190 ---
Lean to NC State and Oklahoma
13 Blake Boyd QB/DE Madisonville North Hopkins 6-4/220/4.70 ---
Committed to Louisville
14 Lamar Alston S Paduach Tilghman 6-2/190 ---
Committed to Louisville
15 Zipp Duncan TE Elizabethtown 6-5/240 ---
Committed to Kentucky

Rob Gidel's Kentucky State Top 15 ...
(Previous Rankings) - (Predictions*)

1. James McKinney (1) - Central HS - (Michigan*)
2. Cory Zirbel (2) - Murray - (Michigan*)
3. Brandon Logan (3) - Lexington Catholic - (Michigan*)
4. Brandon Deaderick (4) - Elizabethtown - (Auburn*)
5. Alfonso Smith (5) - Wagganer - (Kentucky*)
6. Maurice Grinter (6) - Fairdale HS - (Committed to Louisville)
7. Earl Heyman (8) - Ballard - (Louisville*)
8. David Jones (10) - Belfry - (Committed to Kentucky)
9. Curtis Pulley (7) - Hopkinsville - (Committed to Kentucky)
10. Michael Donoghue (NR) - Covington - (Committed to Louisville)
11. Chris Todd - Elizabethtown - (NC State*)
12. Lamar Alston - Paducah - (Committed to Louisville)
13. Zipp Duncan - Elizabethtown - (Committed to Kentucky)
14. Blake Boyd - Madisonville - (Committed to Louisville)
15. Michael Schwindel (9) - Lewisport - (Committed to Kentucky)
16. Zach Barnard - Owensboro - (Committed to Marshall)
17. Kenny Ray Turner - Trigg Co. - (Committed to Kentucky)
18. Jordan Nevels - Fort Thomas - (Kentucky*)
19. JuJuan Spillman - PRP - (Committed to Louisville)
20. Tim Masthay - Murray - (Committed to Kentucky)

And here are the facts ...

Leaning to Louisville
James McKinney - Central HS
Earl Heyman - Ballard HS
Stephen Garr - Male HS
Corey Goodson - Western Magnet HS
Jesse Jones - Doss HS

Leaning to Kentucky
Alfonso Smith - Wagganer HS
Jordan Nevels - Ft. Thomas Highlands HS

Undecided/Leaning Out-of-State
Brandon Deaderick - Elizabethtown
Brandon Logan - Lexington Catholic
Corey Zirbel - Murray
Chris Todd - Elizabethtown

JuJuan Spillman - PRP - Committed to Louisville
Maurice Grinter - Fairdale HS - Committed to Louisville
Michael Donoghue - Cov. Cath. - Committed to Louisville
Lamar Alston - Paducah Tilghman - Committed to Louisville
Blake Boyd - Madisonville - Committed to Louisville

+Spillman had offers from Iowa and Purdue
+Grinter had an offer from Kentucky
+Donoghue had offers from UK, Cincinnati and Indiana
+Alston had offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Purdue and Wake Forest
+Boyd had an offer from South Carolina


Michael Schwindel - Hancock Co. HS - Committed to Kentucky
David Jones - Belfry HS - Committed to Kentucky
Zipp Duncan - Elizabethtown HS - Committed to Kentucky
Curtis Pulley - Hopkinsville HS - Committed to Kentucky
Kenny Ray Turner - Trigg Co. HS - Committed to Kentucky
Tim Masthay - Murray HS - Committed to Kentucky

+No offers for Jones, Masthay, Schwindel, or Turner
+Pulley had offers from Wake Forest, Louisville, Indiana, Illinois, Marshall, and Ball State.
+Duncan had offers from Marshall, Kentucky, and Cincinnati.

With only a legitamate shot at 2 guys - Nevels and Smith - in-state recruiting is not exactly glowing considering the Cats will more or less let the Top 4 players go to Michigan or Louisville. Can the 'Cats recover in time? That decision will more or less fall to Brandon Deaderick and Brandon Logan. Will they start taking a longer look at UK when the season concludes? Will they even take an official visit to decide? Those are the key questions heading down the stretch if Kentucky is to win the recruiting battle in the state. Recommended Stories

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