Edition 1, Volume 1 May 25th, 2004
With a summer schedule filled to the brim with upcoming recruiting information set to overflow the brains of our beloved members, I decided to make this week's edition of Recruiting Rewind, short and sweet.
In the fast pace action of recruiting, unfortunately, nothing is short and sweet; especially when your basketball coach is on an unstoppable recruiting run that has left many former Tubby naysayers, literally speechless.
So we'll start with basketball.
*Tyler Hansbrough, a top prospect from Poplar Bluff (Mo.), has reportedly narrowed his focus to four schools: Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, and UNC. The latest news on the Hansbrough front regards rescheduling his unofficial visit to North Carolina to the 11th of June. After having to postpone a second visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend because of an illness in the family, Tyler Hansbrough and his father are hoping to see Chapel Hill before making a decision on his college choice. Sources close to the situation believe the Missouri native will more then likely choose his collegiate destination before the summer concludes and the summer camps are over.
The Insiders third-ranked player in the Class of 2005, reportedly went off in a recent tournament game in St. Louis where the Missouri native went for 33 points and eight rebounds against a Tennessee Travelers front line that featured 6-foot-eight and top 100 nationally Joey Cameron and six-foot-eight Illinois David Palmer.
Sources inside the program still feel that UK is the team to beat for Hansbrough and think it is only a matter of time before Tubby Smith receives his second top five verbal in as many months.
Those sources believe it is down to Kansas and UK, with UNC holding firm in third.
With the recent additions of C.J. Giles and Darnell Jackson to a Kansas team that will be loaded with front line players, you can only think that it helps Kentucky's chances at landing the five-star player. Micah Downs commitment to the Jayhawks last week also bodes well for Tubby Smith and his staff in regards to Hansbrough.
Missouri, the one-time strong favorite to land Hansbrough, might still become a player down the stretch.
*Kentucky has extended two new scholarship offers to football recruits in the state of Georgia. Tray Rutland, a 6'3 athletic quarterback prospect from Tri Cities (Ga) and Braxton Kelley, a defensive end prospect from LaGrange HS in LaGrange (Ga) have both been recently offered scholarships from UK. Rutland, who has been offered by Connecticut and Kentucky, could be the quarterback of the future for Ron Hudson's offense.
Kelley hails from the same high school as talented incoming freshmen Wesley Woodyard and 2003 commit Emmanual Harrell. UK is currently recruiting several other athletes at LaGrange and figure to play a role throughout the process.
*Joker and the staff also have offered Georgia prospect Charles Jackson according to an Insiders' report. Jackson is also a very good basketball player and would like to attempt both sports at the next level.
*Kentucky has also started to dip into the junior college ranks, offering two Butler Community College prospects in Mike West and Frantz Hardy. West and Hardy both are December graduates and fit the mold of the new athletic prospect UK has been pursuing since Rich Brooks arrival. At 6'2, West figures to be a safety at the next level, while Hardy is more of an athletic defensive back/wide receiver type. Both run sub 4.4's and Hardy has been consistenty timed at or around a 4.3.
*The Wildcats are in the top three for Rocky Ross, a wide reciever prospect from Jacksonville, Florida. Although he has no offer to date from any schools, he has received a lot of interest from Kentucky and has connections to the state.
*In a recent interview with Jim Tirey, in-state prospect Lee Renfro appeared poised to be a Wildcat and looking for an offer from the staff. Renfro blew away his competition at two recent combines and with his measures, you can bet the SW Pulaski star has plenty of attention coming his way. He currently holds 5 offers to date, with the biggest school being Ball State.
*Kentucky lost out on Maurice Grinter this week. The 6'4 star from Fairdale High School was a prominent prospect for Rich Brooks and his staff, whom offered Grinter shortly after the Class of 2004 was announced. The athlete from Louisville announced his intentions to attend UofL, Friday, stating that he intends on walking on the basketball team, as well. Grinter was also heavily recruited by Indiana.
*The coaching staff continues to hit the state of Alabama very hard. The Cats reportedly are in the top three for cornerback prospect Ellis Lankster and have offered four prospects from the state, currently.
*Earlier reports that indicated Jordan Sorrells, a quarterback prospect from Greenville (SC), had a scholarship offer from Joker Phillips and Kentucky are false according to Sorrells himself, who told TheInsiders in a taped interview that although Joker had been in talks with him, no scholarship offer had indeed been extended. The Cats currently have offered his two teammates, Travil Jamison and Nathan Peppers.
Next Week: Pictures, Wrap-Ups, Stories, Updates from the MSL/Insiders Combine from Cincinnati