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We all have said it, and we all have wondered about other sites rankings of the toughest football schedule this fall. Well, ESPN agrees with us the Cats have the toughest football schedule of them all. That'a another good recruiting angle.
The good thing is we now have the staff that can use it just as you said as a recruiting angle and a positive instead of a negative.
Well we play half of the teams most people have in their top 10 (UL, Ala, UF, UGA, SC). Add some other decent SEC teams and you are there (Vandy, Miss St).
How is it a positive for recruiting?
That is a great question, lol.. I was wondering the same thing. Especially if you're trying to build a program. It's like saying, "Come play here, we will never be able to put a lot of wins together because our schedule is ridiculous, but, you will get to play against highly ranked teams!" I don't consider it a positive, unless we were a top 10 team, and it was an opportunity to show our strength
I am finding it hard to believe that 2 people do not get this? It is great for recruiting because you come in and you play against the best competition in the country every Saturday. It prepares you for the next level. People keep thinking we are going to put the same product on the field every year that we have had. Thats not true. Stoops is going to change everything. We are going head to head with the best competition in the country in recruiting right now. Patience is a virtue.
We've had tough schedules before and it's never helped our recruiting.
I understand that, I just think it makes hard to get any momentum going when you play the "toughest" schedule in the country. When we improve, I will agree that it helps recruiting. I just think it is a non factor right now. We are in the sec, that's the selling point, but you don't want to have the hardest schedule in the country. That sucks honestly.
The reason that players go to Alabama or Southern California or Notre Dame or LSU isn't because of the schedule strength, is it? I'm sorry, I just don't buy that a tough schedule really means much of anything.
Why do you think kids want to play in the SEC?
We havent had this type of support and coaching staff before...
So then it's the support and coaching staff that are making the difference, not the toughest schedule?
It doesn't make any sense, logically, that this will be a big selling point to recruits. It may play a small role, but it won't be the first thing on their minds.
Stambaugh and Uk thx. Personally, I think all of us just need to forget the last 60+ years, or 27 years for me as 1985 as that when I became a UK fan. It's a new era. We have a HC and DC that ran the #2 defense in the nation last year, we have a proven OC that ran one of the top offenses in the nation the last few years. We are leading the nation with a wholistic high performance program lead by Erik Korem, that have NFL teams keeping a close eye on what's happening in Lexington. We just got the approval for a 110 million project to get our facilities to a higher level. All this and the rest of the great staff Stoops has assembled makes players want to come to Kentucky. And we are not talking the normal 2 and medium 3 star player, but high 3 to high 4 star players. These are players (like for ex Randle) that wants to compete at a high level, and what is better than providing them the opportunity to play in the best conference with the toughest schedule?
It absolutely can be one of many selling points used by our coaches. Is it at the top of the list of why a kid would come here? NO. But it can be a selling point and part of the total recruiting pitch.
I think it's ancillary to the fact that we play in the SEC. That fact, all by itself, makes Kentucky a desireable place to play college football. Now before Coach Stoops & Co. came along it wasn't one of the best places to be in regards to winning games, but with what we've all been witnessing so far with recruiting and spring practice I have a real positive feeling about the change in attitude, culture, and results in the not-too-distant future. JMHO.
Tough schedules never helped recruiting before because we had a staff that wasn't that great at recruiting to begin with joker couldn't bring in a top 25 class even before he was the head coach stoops brought in the 27 th class his first year in just a couple months
for those that can't understand how it can be used as a positive well, you just aren't paying attention. How many recruits say they want to go play at school x because they play nobody all year long? It's a positive when you have a staff that can recruit and that runs a system(#2 offense and defense at TTech/FSU respectively) that kids want to play in. A system that will get you recognized by scouts and allow you to put up big #'s against the elite of college football every week.
It's all about how you market it. Any aspect can be used as a positive in recruiting if you know how to market it.
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