Kentucky Rules Recruiting In Ohio

06/27/2013 04:17 PM

These days, no one can count out UK football on the recruiting trail. Mark Stoops and his staff have stolen plenty of highly regarded recruits, and other big name programs are taking notice.

The website asked Michigan State’s head coach Mark Dantonio if Kentucky was impacting the Spartans recruiting in Ohio. Dantonio responded by questioning the “continuity” of the UK staff. Basically, he questioned how long Stoops and his staff will stay at Kentucky. Recruits have reported that coaches from other schools are using this negative recruiting tactic as well, saying don’t go to Kentucky because Stoops and the other coaches will be out of there in a few years.

Kentucky is definitely moving into recruiting territory of other big schools, Ohio being the most prominent state. Eight recruits from the 2014 class come from the Buckeye state with the other ten recruits split pretty evenly between Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Maryland.

The recruits from Ohio include RB Mikel Horton, OL Jarrett LaRubbio, TE Darryl Long and WR Thaddeus Snodgrass (still my favorite name of the bunch). On the defensive side, defensive backs Darius and Mike Edwards will join linebacker Dorian Hendrix and defensive end Tymere Dubose. Those eight recruits will be big playmakers for the Wildcats during their career in Lexington.

Ohio is the backyard of the Big 10, so of course, Dantonio and other B1G coaches cannot be happy about UK’s presence there. But it’s incredibly important for Stoops to break into Ohio because of all the talent there. Proving your recruiting chops in a competitive state like Ohio only improves Kentucky’s credibility with big time recruits from other states.

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