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According to Barton Simmons. Could the Cards strike out on the Trinity big 3?
Corey Cooper just committed to UL.
Yep I think they're gonna take an 0-fer on Trinity this year.
"Kentucky Football needs to be and will be a championship contender in the SEC."~Mitch Barnhart 11/4/12
Damn why the down vote.
HA HA! Sucks to be in the Big East don't it!
It appears the wheels are falling off "the train."
But chollie is going to win the super bowl this year. He can't even recruit the top kids out if Louisville.
Yep....I'm guessing that is playing a big part in it. I'd say if Cholly can go 7-5 again this year, he'll hop on the first available train out of town that's headed for a BCS conference.
Quick is not going to UofL. Cards will be 0-fer with Trinity 3.
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." ~ Emerson
White to Vandy and Cooper to UL equals Double Whammy for UK. Cats will face both studs every season. Would've loved to signed both of them at UK. James Franklin truly is the Pied Piper.
This post was edited by MinterWonderlnd 21 months ago
I know there are plenty of question marks entering the season, but I wonder if the Cats could flip either of these guys if they surprise this season.
Be nice just to land Timmons.
Who would you rather have Minter, Yancey or Cooper?
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As if you need to ask.
First time in a while that UK has struck out in Louisville, usually we sign at least 1 prospect from da Ville.
Yancy by a mile. But I'd take Cooper over any other WRs UK is close with right now.
Even Fant? Hard to believe hes better than an ESPN 150 guy. Although i actually think he'll be a corner
I hate that a local kid didn't give UK a real look, and that we'll see him in the SEC East every year, but I'm taking a perverse pleasure in watching the Trinity 3 spurn UL for other schools.
Franklin is certainly doing a great job recruiting this year, but looking at his class, I have to wonder about his positional balance.
12/16 commits are skill position players. Does Vandy have room for a full class? If so, maybe it's no big deal.
In any case, ESPN has Vandy with 7 (!) 4* commits, 247 4 4*, Rivals 3 4*, and Scout 1 4*. Gotta give him credit, he's certainly selling well.
It'll be interesting to see the product he puts on the field. I seem to remember Strong getting a good class and it being predicted that he was going to start reeling in top 25 classes every year. Then reality hit in the form of conference expansion and he's looking more and more mortal on the recruiting front every year.
Not saying this is a similar situation yet, but Franklin has really talked a good game to this point. I'll be interested to see what happens if USCe, Georgia, Florida, and Auburn beat them and they begin the season 2-5. After a benign UMass team, Vandy will be playing a UK team looking for revenge in Commonwealth, an Ole Miss team that is fighting to get back to relevance, and a Tennessee team that I personally think will be one of the surprises in the East.
Will Vandy and Franklin still have their shine if they go 5-7 or 4-8? Is another 6-6 season with 2 SEC wins good enough?
Law, Your observation regarding Vandy's positional balance has merit. While Rivals lists 11 of Vandy's 2012 class of 22 signees as defenders, he took 5 OLs, 1 DT, and no TEs last year.
So far, in 2013, Rivals lists 8 of his 16 verbals as defenders, but he has signed no OLs nor DTs, and only 1 TE. It's possible he is hoping to grow one or more of his 5 DEs into a DT, but, even so, one could fairly point out that his recruiting efforts have been conspicuosly tactical - like someone who is focued on filling immediate needs to get to x number of wins so that he has an opportunity to move on.
As you observed, I would expect strategic recruiting to be more positionally balanced over two class years. Now, he probably still has 9 scholarships available for 2013, more if he taps into PSU, so he very well could make your observation moot by NSD.
And Timmons? Maybe not really close but definitely in the mix.
Franklin started on fire last year too and lost a lot at the end when he couldn't sign them all. Will be interesting who he can sign this year....just getting them to commit is a great start though.
To include Timmons? Sure you would....
Just don't feel the joy on this news that some of you folks mysteriously do. Any happiness at UL losing a recruit is VASTLY overshadowed by friggin Vandy comming north and getting one of the best players in our own state. A recruit that the analysts on this and other UK sites often said was the best chance for UK to land any of the Trinity Three.
I don't know if it's joy. It's more schadenfreude than anything else. A strong sense as well, since I heard from our fans and theirs about the top 10 recruiting classes Strong would be reeling in year after year. Of course, I would like White to give UK a look, but that was clearly not in the cards.
Strange really, that we could get a serious look for the #2 CB in the nation but not White. Or get a commitment from a kid like McClain who is likely just as talented but does not have the exposure on a national level playing against relatively inferior talent. I guess we'll have to wait a few years to know just how seriously the program was harmed by not getting three players from a private school in Louisville.
and neither can UK.
The difference between your statement and USA's is that UK fans were already despairing about not being able to get in the door with those kids.
Your fans had them signed, sealed, and delivered. Right up until they weren't.
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