Kentucky just recently signed a very talented 2015 class. The Wildcats signed 23 players, 5 being 4 star recruits. The Wildcats also have 5 addition non-scholarship players, who have committed to play for the University of Kentucky football team during the 2015 season.
Mark Stoops continues to gain recognition and more visibility for the University of Kentucky football program. During the recruiting process , UK’s coach Stoops attracted a number of players from outside the state of Kentucky.However,there were only 2 recruits from the within the state.
Kentucky has one of the best recruiting classes it has ever had in the history of the program. Outside linebacker Eli Brown is one of the two signees from the state of Kentucky. Brown was one of Kentucky’s top recruits. During his senior year Eli had a total of 50 tackles a fumble, along with a couple pass break ups. He is ranked number 2 in the state and 15 in his position. He turned down offers from schools like Penn State, in state rivals Louisville and the current national champion Ohio State University. Brown is a four star recruit possessing great speed and agility for his size. One thing that really held Kentucky back last season was their lack of size on the defensive side of the ball. Hopefully with more recruits like Brown, Kentucky will be able to better compete with some top level competitors in the SEC.
Safety Marcus Walker is also rated as a 4 star recruit by ESPN Recruiting. Walker is most recognized for his height, athleticism and strong build. Kentucky coaching staff says “Walker is one of the best skilled safeties they had in the modern era”. He was ranked the 39th best player in his state, which is pretty impressive coming from a large state such as Florida. Walker chose to play at Kentucky after receiving offers from schools like Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan State, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA, Mississippi State and many others. Competing in arguably the best football conference in the NCAA, it gets pretty tough to defend great talented players such as Alabama’s top receiver Amari Cooper and Auburns running back Cameron Artis-Payne. Walker will be a great addition to the team and can hopefully add strength to Kentucky’s defense.
Earlier this year Kentucky got two very talented transfer students from the Nebraska Huskers football team. Linebacker Courtney Love along with tight end Greg Hart both sophomores, will add both height and depth to UK’s football team.
Also, Kentucky made additions to its coaching staff this year. Andy Buh has signed on to be Kentucky’s new outside linebacker coach. He had coached for several big time programs including Stanford, Nevada and California. Buh also helped lead the Wisconsin Badgers to a Big Ten championship while he was there. He has coached in big time games and will bring a lot of coaching experience to UK’s coaching staff.
Along with all the great talent that will be coming during the 2015 season, construction for a new practice facility is underway. This will be great for Kentucky as they continue building their program.
The future for the Wildcats football program looks bright. Look out for upcoming information about Kentucky spring football schedule and information on other Wildcats sports.
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