Big Blue Board: Sunday Night Update

With less than two weeks remaining before National Signing day, the Kentucky football staff is burning the midnight oil to put the finishing touches on its highly-regarded 2014 class.

With less than two weeks remaining before National Signing day, the Kentucky football staff is burning the midnight oil to put the finishing touches on its highly-regarded 2014 class.

The Wildcats have 26 commitments already in place, including seven early enrolees, and have room for two more players under scholarship limits.

Here's a look at some of the players known or rumored to be in the mix for those final two spots:

Matt Elam is homegrown talent who has been the focus of UK fans' attention for months. The four-star defensive tackle from John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown took another unofficial visit to Lexington over the weekend to spend more time with Mark Stoops and the Wildcats.

Two things should be noted from his visit: the wintery weather in Kentucky made travelling difficult, so it took an extra effort to make another trip to UK. Second, he clearly enjoyed the attention he received while at Rupp Arena for the Cats' basketball game against Georgia. The early enrolees were announced to a huge ovation during a timeout, assistant coach/recruiting ace Vince Marrow sported a Danny Trevathan No. 59 Denver Broncos jersey during a center-court introduction another timeout, and Elam received "We Want Elam!" chants from the student section, which he later acknowledged via Twitter.

Elam is down to Kentucky and Alabama, and while there have been some hints that he could announce his decision this coming week, he now says no plans are set in stone. This one could go all the way to NSD (Wednesday, Feb. 5) but we've heard that the most recent visit to UK may have re-affirmed a lot of the strong feelings Elam had for the Wildcats since mid-summer.

Ty Barrett is a big-time offensive lineman that may now have interest in Kentucky. The four-star prospect from Dallas recently followed UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown, Stoops and recent commit Kendall Randolph on Twitter after rescinding a commitment from TCU. It remains to be seen if he visits UK or not, but it is something to keep an eye on. The Cats would definitely like to add another quality O-Lineman to the mix if there's one available.

Robert Olson no longer can be taken as a walk-on prospect due taking an official visit last weekend. He had a great time, but left with no scholarship offer, which made me think the staff feels comfortable with other targets. Ultimately, I don't see him coming to UK.

Lloyd Tubman had a great time on his official this weekend at Penn State. The former Vanderbilt commit re-affirmed his commitment and UK is apparently no longer under consideration.

Kevin Mouhon is a new name to the list. He recently decommitted from Tennessee. Despite rumors he may have been academic casualty, a source told me there was no truth to that. I was told by a source the Kentucky staff is working hard on getting him to visit before NSD. If he visits, the Cats have a legit shot at landing him, but if not then he is more than likely Cincinnati- bound.

Derrick Kelly is a red-hot prospect right now. Stoops and staff visited him earlier in the week in hopes for him to visit Kentucky officially. He may or may not visit, but if he does, then an outside chance remains that he renews his old UK commitment. Heavy favorites for him right now are Florida State and LSU. I believe in the end distance home will be the reason he lands at FSU.

Adam Duckett is a juco offensive lineman that UK shown interest in the past, but I do not see him being a target at this time.

Jervontius Stallings officially visited Mississippi State this weekend and most consider the Bulldogs to be the heavy favorites in his recruitment. I was told by a source his visit went well, but he is torn between UK and MSU. I was also told he may decide on signing day. Personally, I still think he'll land in Starkville.


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