Climbing Mt. Peters, a Signing Day Success

The last day commitment and signing of defensive tackle Corey Peters out of Louisville Central High School had to be likened to climbing a mountain without a pickaxe. For all intents and purposes, we will call it climbing Mt. Peters. Capturing Peter's correlates to a snowcap like topping of a loaded class…uh maybe a strawberry sundae.

The last day commitment and signing of defensive tackle Cory Peters out of Louisville Central High School had to be likened to climbing a mountain without a pickaxe. For all intents and purposes, we will call it climbing Mt. Peters. Capturing Peter's correlates to a snowcap like topping of a loaded class…uh maybe a strawberry sundae.

Given the task of going against U of L, Auburn, Ohio State, and Michigan, all schools of which Peters made an official visit and were offered. Add to that all the negative vibes that have been circulating around the football program, one of the largest of clouds that had been hanging over the head coaches job security, kudos to the coaching staff for the job they accomplished.

It's a well known fact that the coaches have a markedly more difficult job of going out and recruiting good players if the existing players aren't happy and sold on where the program is and where it's going. "It doesn't matter how hard coach Brooks or the rest of the staff works or anything else trying in putting together a recruiting class," opined new quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders, "If the players on the team aren't excited about what's going on, if they're not working to help you, you're not going to have a real good recruiting class. To me the fact that this is a really good class, good numbers and good players speak volumes that the players believe in what's going here? I can't deny that that had a large part in my decision to come to the University of Kentucky."

"Our existing players did a good job of hosting kids," recruiting coordinator Ron Caragher said.

Coach Brooks stated his excitement about how five-star recruit Micah Johnson stayed in touch with other recruits such as Josh Minton of Southwest Pulaski, Somerset and Corey Peters. That's not to mention living five minutes from Ricky Lumpkin, who an absolute war was waged between UK and U of L for his services.

How does this class compare to past classes? Throughout this writer's extensive association with football recruiting, one has to rewind back to the class recruited that won the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl winner over Wisconsin University. In that game for UK was Paul Calhoun, Bill Ransdell, George Adams, Mark Higgs, Marc Logan, Dermontti Dawson, Maurice Douglass, Joey Worley, Cornell Burbage, Tony Mayes, Oliver White and the list goes on. All of these players had at lest a cup of coffee in the NFL and most had a career. This was the last group to defeat Tennessee!

Practically none of these guys had a name nationally or were recruited by big name schools. Conversely, this class has many players that have a name that resonates amongst named football schools.

Defensive tackles along with shutdown cover-cornerbacks are the hardest positions to recruit, especially for programs like Kentucky. This is a team that needed to corral these types of players given their recent defensive play history. That's why climbing Mt. Peters was so significant!