How Kentucky football recruits recruits: A little more than two years into recruiting

The next few weeks could be pivotal for Kentucky football recruiting, with the Wildcats’ quest to land a few key recruits in their next class a lot further along than expected.

The Blue Jays are hoping that they have their best players available, with several high-profile recruits already signed, while others like running back D.J. Jones and defensive lineman Austin Johnson are likely to see their recruitment take off in the coming weeks.

The 2017 class could be one of the deepest in recent memory, with some of the biggest names in college football currently enrolled.

However, with more and more schools signing, many are still looking for the best players, with a few more recruits joining the fold as they get closer to finalising their final plans.

Here are five reasons why the Blue Jays might be getting the best of the best in their recruiting class: 1.

Jones, the 2017 recruiting class’s first player to sign, is set to enter the NFL Draft.

This could be the most exciting class for Kentucky since it kicked off in 2017.

Jones was a top-rated prospect and the No. 6 overall prospect in the 2018 class by 247Sports Composite, while he finished with 10.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss.

It was a huge year for Jones, as he set the Kentucky school record for sacks, with 11.5 per game.

Jones also led Kentucky to a berth in the 2019 SEC Championship Game, and he had the best game of his career against Georgia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, where he also led the team in sacks.

Jones is set for a big year, and with the class’s high ranking in both composite and 247Sports, he could end up being the first top-tier player to play in the NFL.


There are still three high-school seniors on the roster, with three of them already in the NBA.

While some of those are still young, they are all players who are likely going to play a significant role in the 2017 Kentucky football team, with Jones and running back Deon Cain among the three seniors in the class.

In addition, linebacker Nick Cushing, who was the No 1 player in the recruiting class, is still at the college level.


Junior defensive end Ryan Anderson, who played in every game last season, is a big, physical, playmaker, who could be used as a rotational pass rusher, along with other defensive players like defensive end Devonte Fields and offensive tackle Jordan Stokes.

Anderson is set up to be a big part of Kentucky’s defense, and it could be very important for the team to keep him around.


Running back D’Andre Walker is a key part of the Louisville offense, but there are some concerns about his health and whether he can handle the pressure of starting a new offense.

He will have to wait a bit longer to see if he gets an opportunity to prove himself in the pros, but the Blue Jay will be happy to have him back, with Walker being one of their best pass-rushers in the entire country.


The 2018 class featured one of Kentucky football’s most underrated players, running back Elijah Hood, who started all 16 games and rushed for 1,065 yards and 19 touchdowns, while adding 696 rushing yards and two scores.

This is a class that can be called the “Golden Generation” of running backs, and Hood should be a huge piece of the group.

With the addition of Hood, Kentucky could become one of several teams that could take a run at him, with him expected to be the focal point of the offense.

This class could also help Louisville recruit another running back in the 2020 class, with running back James Blackmon set to declare early for the NFL draft.

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