Like a long-shot Thoroughbred that’s boxed in by the leaders and suddenly breaks of out 50-yards from the finish line to register a upset – like a running-back that bottled up at the five-yard line and suddenly breaks loose to score, UK looked to score heavily at the finish line but like the long-shot its still is a long-shot to sign an abundance of four-star recruits. They started fast but faded in the stretch and got stopped short of the goal line on fourth down. But Kentucky recovered and nailed the opposition in the end zone for a safety and hauled in four-star juco defensive end DeQuin Evans.
The recruiting class is headlines by two four-star quarterbacks Indiana Mr. Football and Parade All-American Morgan Newton and strong-armed Ryan Mossakowski. This obviously is a huge step towards unprecedented modern day recruiting success.
Given the anticipation of an aforementioned type of finish, the drama was likened to the movie “Doubt,” which stars Meryl Streep. Recent signing-day drama has been highlighted by Rafael Little’s delivery of his letter-of-intent during the press conference and the Cory Peters choice of UK over Ohio State.
Louisville Male’s Justin Green de-committed from Ohio Sate and went to the University of Illinois. Another high profile hopeful safety Darren Myles cast his lot with Tennessee and a former Vanderbilt University commit defensive tackle Darrius McMullin found out he academically couldn’t get into Vanderbilt University and took the easy way out and went to a Conference-USA school.
The players UK missed out on does not necessarily make or break the recruiting class but from a perception standpoint, to some recruiting pundits, it’s a blow. However, the USA-Today published separate top-ten list of quarterbacks – the top ten Dual-Threat quarterbacks and the top ten Pro-Style quarterbacks. The Wildcats showed up on both list, Morgan Newton on the first and Ryan Mossakowski on the latter. That can be construed as a pretty good stroke of national perception. They also said UK had perhaps the best receiver class in the country, which includes tight end and wide receiver.
Joker Phillips continues to work the LaGrange High School and the Louisville Central pipelines. From LaGrange, the University of Kentucky corralled Qua Huzzie, Tristian Johnson, and Demetri Merritt. From Louisville Central, UK got Ridge Wilson and Mister Cobble.
Brooks was asked to comment about the youngsters from LaGrange High School? “The one thing that I’ve discovered about getting a guy from LaGrange High School, I don’t have to worry about is he tough enough, does he understand the effort level that it takes to be competitive, and how hard you have to work to maximize your ability,” Brooks said. “Every player we’ve had from there has been nothing but aces in that category.”
The coach said that one of the reasons players are more eager to come to the university is the people they have recruiting them. He said – “The quality of this staff is the best he’s ever been around.” Randy Sanders echoed Brooks and added that because of naming Phillips as the successor, the head coach has been a non-issue. He said the previous year was a little bit of an issue.