UK FOOTBALL | Will top commits waver if Cats keep losing?

10/29/2015 05:07 PM

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LEXINGTON — After entering its bye with an impressive 4-1 record, the Kentucky Football team has drifted off the tracks the past two weeks, losing back-to-back games for the first time this season to Auburn and at Mississippi State.

The 42-16 blowout in Starkville last week was also UK’s worst loss of the season — its first game not decided by eight points or less — and extinguished some of the excitement surrounding the program before the Wildcats host Tennessee on Halloween night at Commonwealth Stadium.

But despite the consecutive losses, Justin Rowland of Rivals.com says Kentucky’s stellar 2016 recruiting class (currently No. 14 in the nation) remains committed to the Wildcats.

  • “It sure seems like this recruiting class is a lot more solid than the last one,” Rowland told KSTV on Thursday. “The guys committed earlier, many of them from Kentucky or Ohio originally … so they’re guys who have been on board for a long time. They know each other extremely well, and they’ve been around the coaches a lot of times.
  • “I’m not saying that guys couldn’t flip … but it’s more significant with the 2017 class. Can [Kentucky] continue its really solid momentum there?”

The 2014 season began with similar promise as UK raced out to a 5-1 record before dropping its final six games to miss out on bowl eligibility.

Rowland says getting a win against Tennessee on Saturday night would go a long way towards showing UK recruits 2015 won’t end the same and the program is continuing to move forward.

  • “The last thing you want to hear people say is. ‘Oh, no. It’s the back half of the schedule just like 2014.’ So, I think they at least need a good showing against Tennessee.”

Click below to watch Rowland’s full update on Kentucky football recruiting:

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