LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky has a few key targets left for its 2017 recruiting class, but things are starting to take shape for the Wildcats.
For Christmas Eve and Christmas, we’ll take a look at what would have to happen for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky recruiting class to get coal, and on the other side, what commitment would be the best Christmas present for the Cats.
Up first, Kentucky’s 2017 recruiting class gets coal if…
Stoops and his staff can’t find another linebacker commitment. The only listed linebacker for the Wildcats is 3-star prospect Jamin Davis from Ludowici, Ga. Alex King, listed as a defensive end by 247Sports, also could slide to a linebacker slot when he arrives in Lexington.
It’s the only seeming hole in Kentucky’s 2017 class. The Cats have closed strong in the last couple of weeks, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Highly regarded defensive end prospects Joshua Paschal and Jordan Wright are recent commits, and that depth at end could be another reason King could slide to a linebacker role.
The biggest lump of coal UK could receive is if one of its 21 commits in the class flipped before National Signing Day. But this doesn’t seem like a real possibility. None of the Wildcats commits have scheduled visits to other schools, and Kentucky is trying to flip a few recruits its way.
The Wildcats still have a bit of room to work with 4-star athlete Lynn Bowden, 4-star wide receiver Danny Davis, 4-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford and 3-star wide receiver Kevaugn Dingle all leaning toward Kentucky.
Stoops said the class wouldn’t reach a full 25, so it’ll be interesting to see how things shake out as National Signing Day approaches.
Check back tomorrow to find out what would be the best recruiting present for Mark Stoops.
Class breakdown (21 commits)