Will Momentum Boost Cats on Recruiting Trail?

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops has a team ready to make its first appearance in a bowl game since he came to Lexington four years ago, but almost all of his waking moments during the past week have been focused on finding players who may lead the Wildcats to postseason play in the future.

The Cats played host to a large group of prospects over the weekend and added a 15th verbal commitment to their 2017 class in the form of Florida defensive end Chris Whittaker.

On Monday, Stoops talked about parlaying momentum from a win over Louisville and a bid to the TaxSlayer Bow into bigger success on the recruiting trail.

"Well, of course, anytime you win, it helps," he said. "But it also gives some verification for the guys that gave you their commitment. So, of course, those recruits were excited. As you know in football, recruiting never stops until signing day. So, you know, those victories certainly help."

The staff's primary goal is to hang onto the commitments they already have, Stoops said, while possibly adding another offensive lineman, a defensive lineman, "a couple of DBs," and a linebacker.

The UK class was originally expected to be a small one due to the 85 scholarship limit and a lack of seniors on the current roster, but some attrition during the season has opened up a few more scholarship spots. The Cats now expect to sign upward of 20 players, but not a full class of 25.

Stoops said Ohio and Florida will continue to be key recruiting areas for the Cats. He added that playing a bowl game in Jacksonville could be an additional boost to their recruiting efforts in the talent-rich Sunshine State.

Hear more from the UK boss in this AW Video feature. 

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