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So, did anyone here go to the Signing Day party last night or know someone who did? One of my favorite things to read on the boards every year used to be where someone would post their own notes from the party, including things like the coaches' comments on various signees, stories about guys we almost got, highlight videos that were played at the party, thoughts from the staff on who would contribute right away instead of redshirting, etc. SURELY someone here either went or knows someone who did. If so, I think I speak for everyone here when I say "Please share!"
I'm willing to bet I know someone who did. I'll ask him.
Nice hope you hear some good stuff...
Awesome, Chris. The more info the better.
Party was at the Hillary J. Boone Center. Food, beverages, and film on each signee began the evening . Also video on the coaches and what they did throughout the day. There was an intro for Coach Stoops by Mitch Barnhart. Coach recognized a great number of people who had helped out in the last two months which he said "had been a blur". Important day for him because his son attended his first day of school in Lexington. He Talked about the recruits and you could just feel his elation about what had been accomplished. He then introduced his assistants and they introduced their families some of which had not yet arrived in Lexington. Coach Elliot and Coach Brown then went through each player with accompaning video. Coach Elliot talked of recruiting Hatcher and Timmons before Coach Brown Arrived. Coach Brown reiterated his statement that "had Timmons been from any state other than Kentucky, he would be top fifty. Only screwup was the video showed Reed and another 4 star as commitments and, of course, Reed went elsewhere and the other is visiting this weekend. All and all an enjoyable evening.
This post was edited by Jimmy D101718 14 months ago
Thanks for sharing the info, Jimmy---much appreciated!
Thanks for posting Jimmy. Feel free to do so more often
Thanks for the writeup! It sounds like they were expecting to sign Jarran Reed & whoever the other 4 star was especially given the comments from Neil Brown Signing Day morning stating we were going to bring in a full class.
I was in attendance Tuesday. I'll put up a full report tonight or tomorrow morning. Currently traveling right now. Was lucky enough to have some good conversations & get a few good stories. Unbelievable excitement & vibe Tuesday night!!
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Awesome. Looking forward to your report.
BTT, very anxious to hear more comments from TGH. Looks like we thought we had Reed and the recruit that is visiting this weekend. I guess we still have a chance with the recruit that is visiting this weekend. GO CATS!!!
Like he's ever going to miss one of those events.
Bump for tgh's comments.
You all know World Wide Harris (tgh) will deliver!
I was at the party & talk to Coach Stopps for a while. Can't really Add anything to Jimmy's post about the recruits . It was a nice croud. I went out with a few of the coaches after the event and they were excited about the class especially only recruiting for 2 months. Coach Stoops seem to think it will be better next year with a full year to recruit. He is very excited to be at UK. Truly thinks they can get it done here. Also got a chance to talk to Mitch for a while. I see him at sime practices. He is very excited about this coaching staff.
This post was edited by Catfan6 14 months ago
Can't believe you're keeping us in suspense, bro. BTW, I think it's time for a #WWH blog somewhere on the interweb.
I keep checking this thread the last couple of days and am wondering why this story stopped before it started.. If it was me, I'm afraid I would forget a lot of little details that were once fresh on my mind. I've been to these before and if you move around and listen to conversations or ask a few questions, you can mine a lot of gold nuggets. I am hoping that one of the gentlemen who attended will come back and tell us some of what went on and what was heard that wasn't top secret. And I have wondered all day what was going on with our DT prospect and his mom? Surely there's been a whisper, good or bad.
When I was very young UK had good football and good coaches( Bear and Blanton Collier), and some tradition. Bowls in '46, '49, '50, '51, Blanda and Parilli at QB, Outland Award winner in Bob Gain, a share of the National Championship after upsetting undefeated Oklahoma(Bud Wilkinson had 31 straight wins). I never dreamed it would change so much for the worse and have wished aloud to some old buddies who are big football fans also, THAT I WOULD LIVE TO SEE THIS DAY. I'll be 72 in a couple of months and I am more excited than I can remember. This staff has been awesome, relentless, and have brought unbelievable energy to our football program. Mitch made a home run hire and Eli even seems fired up. This fan has always revolved around 3 things -- recruiting season, spring practice and THE season. I've had lots of great times with RV, RC(RIP) and my homies from western Kentucky. I THINK THE FUN IS JUST STARTING! GO CATS
Ok folks I finally had 30 mins to sit down and write up and little report of everything I heard. Much as Jimmy D and Catfan6 stated the night was a big success. This was by far the biggest crowd they have had for a signing day party. In fact, it was so big that they had to move it from Malone's Banquet to Hillary J Boone Center to be able to accommodate everyone in attendance.
First off, there is definitely a new air and swagger amongst this coaching staff. All the coaches I spoke with have great energy and enthusiasm that I can't say I saw a lot from the last 2 coaching staffs. With so many of the coaches being in the 40s or much younger, you can tell these guys are eager to make a mark and show what they can do.
I had a chance to speak with almost all the coaches with exception of WR Coach Tommy Mainord. By far the most impressive of all the coaches I spoke with, including Coach Stoops, was Def Coordinator DJ Elliott. DJ has that IT factor you look for in a coach. You could tell how excited he was to be a UK and how happy he and the coaches were to pull off such a strong class in such a short amount of time. The one comment he made that made the biggest impression on me was when he told me "I know you are going to love what Coach Brown is going to do on offense, but wait and see how much better we will play on defense. Coach Stoops and I are going to make this defense look totally different and have you excited about our defense and its future" He did say we might not have all the personnel that we need right now, but it is on the way or will be here real soon. Just from talking to Coach Elliott for 10-15 mins I did I can tell that guy is going to be successful. I fully expect him to be a HC somewhere in the very near future. Where ever he gets hired that school should be very happy with him as their new HC.
On to the Coach Neal Brown. I really enjoyed talking to Neal and what he is expecting to do next year. One of the first things he said was "I can tell you one thing, we are going to have some fun on offense. It is going to be a lot like when I played here and we are going to throw it around and score some points. We may not be able to stop a few teams, but we sure as hell will score quite a few on them." He is definitely a little more quiet and reserved than Elliott or some of the other assistant coaches, but he is loving being back in Kentucky. Asked him about 2014 QB Drew Barker and he said UK is very much in the mix with him. As I am sure many of you have heard, USCjr is the other major player. The thing that both Coach Brown and another coach told me is that his dad LOVES UK and Barker was raised a UK fan. Neal thinks when it is all said and done that could be the major factor that helps steer him to UK.
The other two coaches that where most impressive outside of Elliott were RB Coach Chad Scott and TE Coach Vincent Marrow. Both were really easy to talk to and guys you can tell that the recruits will love having recruit them. Chad Scott is a younger guy that can really relate to the kids. He is close enough to their age that he understands what they like to hear and what is important.
One of the most interesting things both Scott and Marrow said was how much weight these kids put into the twitter stuff. Obviously as coaches they can’t say much to the kids about it or make a big deal about it, but both of them said that one of things that so many of the recruits commented on was how they couldn’t believe how crazy UK fans were and all the twitter followers and love they got from BBN. The coaches had to down play it, but the kids would show them there twitter profile and tell the coaches man I just gained 500, 1000, or 2000+ followers in the last week or so b/c I am coming on a visit or named UK as a leader. The coaches won’t be able to promote that out in public, but apparently it was a BIG deal for a lot of these kids and ones in the future.
Chad Scott shared a pretty cool behind the scenes story of one of things they had to do to get RB JoJo Kemp. Chad said they really had to convince JoJo just to consider UK. The biggest thing for them was getting the in-home with he and his family. Chad said JoJo originally had UK visiting them in the afternoon of the last day coaches could be in contact with recruits before a dead period started. So on that day Chad and Stoops were set to do their visit, Chad told Coach Stoops we have to wait till tonight before we do our visit and be the last guys in there. Chad talked with JoJo and told them they were going to be running late to do their visit and they were going to have to push it back. JoJo and his family originally gave them some pushback and just told them to get their as quickly as possible. So in the meantime Chad and Stoops literally sat outside his house and watched as other coaches went in and out of their house doing their in-homes. Finally Chad and Stoops talked to JoJo and let them know they would finally be there be there at about 9:30pm as the watched what they assumed the last group of coaches to leave their house. Coach Stoops and Chad finally rolled in about 9:45 and stayed almost till midnight so no other coaches could talk or call them before the dead period started. Stoops and Chad gave JoJo and his family the full court press and told him he had to be a CAT and that they needed him more than any other recruit they were going after. They basically told the kid if you come to UK, we are going to give you every opportunity to play from Day 1. From what Chad and Neal said they fully believe that will be the case too! Pretty cool knowing how that all went down.
Ok, I have a few more things I will try to add later tonight or tomm, but gotta run to go to my son’s bball game. I hope this is what you were looking for! GO CATS!!
Now THAT is the type of incredible report I was hoping for. tgh, if you can bring us more stories like this from the party (or any other stuff you can share), it will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks again.
This is great stuff...thanks.
Great stuff everyone. Thanks for sharing
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In line with what tgh said and what I posted earlier, think of this question. Did you ever meet someone you knew you were gonna like the minute you laid eyes on them? He is that guy. I guess the word is "dynamic" but T J Eliott connects immediately. He makes you feel at ease even though you never met him. Enjoy him now folks because he wont be here long. He is destined for bigger things.
Thanks for posting Todd. Good stuff as always
Thanks guys! Love this stuff!
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