Kentucky has seen it's repution on the field grow over the last few seasons. The Wildcats have improved their speed, strength, size and overall talent. But in order to compete in the best league this side of the NFL, there is still more growth required.
The 2010 class provides Kentucky with even more of an opportunity to build upon their success with another quality recruiting class. Possibly the most important position that the Wildcats are recruiting this year is defensive end.
Steve Brown's defense had an early hit for this season when he lost all-conference defensive end Jeremy Jarmon because of a banned substance. Add that loss to the fact that the Wildcats have struck out on many of their top targets at defensive end, and you can see why Kentucky is so desperate to add star quality players to the position.
The Wildcats will also look to add more depth to the offensive tackle position. While there are several young offensive linemen already on the roster, many of them project better as interior linemen. Kentucky has had mixed success in switching players around on the offensive line and it has been mostly due to necessity. Coach Heggins would love to add a couple of pure offensive tackles to his corps.
Running back doesn't appear to be a need position from the outside looking in, but Kentucky will lose Alfonso Smith, Moncell Allen and Derrick Locke over the next two years. That leaves the three running back signees from this year's class. All three players (Jon George, Dakotah Tyler and Donald Russell) could wind up playing other positions before their playing careers end. There is already quite a bit of mutual interest from several running backs in this class. Kentucky should be able to cash in with a quality athlete here.
Kentucky is also in desperate need of a big-time tight end. Last season they landed Anthony Kendrick and Terrell Mitchell to add to the players already on the roster. Unfortunately both recruits futures are in question due to academics. With the questions surrounding the position and the top three tight ends on the rosters entering their senior year, a quality player is a must here.
At linebacker, the Wildcats appear to be set for the near future after last season's haul, but all-conference middle linebacker Micah Johnson will be in the NFL next season. The Wildcats need a big MLB to cover the position and possibly come in and get quality snaps early.
There are also several young wide receivers on the roster, but to this point nobody has stepped up to become the man to play along side Randall Cobb. In order to better utilize the great quarterbacks that were brought in with the 2009 class, the Wildcats have targeted several play-makers at Wide receiver. The inconsistencies of the young players will give plenty of opportunity for a young star to make his mark early.
Only two commitments have come forward in the 2010 class (Justin Henderson, Joe Mansour), so the Wildcats have a long way to go to fill up their rides. Signing day is eight months away, but if things go as normal you can expect Rich Brooks and his staff to get involved with several top prospects.
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