MONTGOMERY, Ala. — When premier college football programs consider offering a potential recruit, there are usually some reference points for them to follow.
The majority of coaches will often look at which schools have offered a prospect before they pull the trigger.
In the SEC, Florida safety signee Jeawon Taylor thinks there’s a team that always beats others to the punch.
“If you notice, one school that offers everybody first is Kentucky,” Taylor said. “They really got an eye for finding talent. Then all the other SEC schools come behind them, so I give them props.”
Those who cover or follow SEC recruiting know this to be true. Coach Mark Stoops and his staff have recruited exceptionally well in recent years.
The Wildcats signed a top-25 class in 2014 and currently have the nation’s No. 19 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Their quarterback commit, Mac Jones, received his first SEC offer from UK last summer. In the past five weeks, Alabama, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas A&M have offered Jones, who was also invited to the Elite 11 competition for the nation’s top quarterbacks.
“Kentucky was my first offer — period,” Taylor said. “It was an SEC school so I knew I was on to something. I was excited.”
However, when bigger programs came calling for Taylor, the Wildcats fell out of the mix.
“Sometimes I feel bad because that happens to them all the time, but that’s just how it is,” Taylor said. “They’re still good coaches and they’ll get theirs.”