2005 Scholarship Breakdown:
Class of 2003 Signees: 1
Class of 2004 Signees: 5
Class of 2005 Commits: 10
(Turner,Jones,Pulley,Schwindel,Masthay,Bates, Ford, Bogue, Mailau, Hennis)
Class of 2005 Soft Commits: 1
Joker Said: "2"
Graduating: Shane Boyd
Commitments: Curtis Pulley
Prospects: Bill Stull, Marcus Jones
The Cats recently offered a new quarterback out of Dalton (Ga.) in Marcus Jones. Whether or not, at his height - he is as mobile as he reportedly is - is debatable. With questions surrounding Pulley's arrival and whether he will actually sign with UK, the Cats might be looking at Marcus Jones as a possible back-up plan ... Bill Stull is still the Wildcats number one target for the reigns of the future. The highly sought four-star product out of Pittsburgh (Pa.) is heads and shoulders above some of the current quarterbacks currently donning the blue and white. He would provide an instant upgrade to the quarterback position and could start as a freshmen.
Joker Said: "2"
Prospects: Alfonso Smith, Javon Ringer, Mike Davis
Disappointingly, the Cats have not landed an impact running back. David Jones was quoted as saying he's headed for the defensive backfield and the Wildcats appear to be treading water for Mike Davis, despite garnering his first official visit ... Keep your eye on Javon Ringer. The Gators were towards the top of his list but the distance was a huge factor. His recent injury and academic troubles could keep teams away and would be the Wildcats gain... Joker's statement of wanting, "two," running backs was given in June so perhaps the fact that Tony Dixon has moved from DB means the staff only wants to take one.
Joker Said: "4"
Graduating: Matt Huff, Jason Rollins
Commitments: Zach Hennis, Kenny Ray Turner and Sefo Mailau
Signees: Garry Williams
Prospects: Palauni Ma Sun Jr., Pat So'oalo and Kalavi Blanchard
With the Junior College early decision signing date looming, the official word on the junior college situation will finally come into fruition for Kentucky. The Cats are currently awaiting word on as few as three junior college offensive lineman - Palauni Ma Sun Jr., Pat So'oalo and Kalavi Blanchard. All three would provide immediate help on an offensive line that has been suspect again this year. Kentucky appears strong with all three, but questions surround their academics. If the Cats can't get them in for spring practice, is it worth spending a scholarship on? That's the million-dollar question ... UK's latest commitment from Zach Hennis is encouraging considering the upside and potential. He reminds me of Aaron Miller from a year ago - a physical specimen that just needs time to grow into his frame. His arrival to the list of commitments was crucial on many fronts. First, to get a three-star 'big ugly' this late in the game is a considerable victory for the staff. Second, the Wildcats staff desperately needed some positive press ... With the news of Hennis' commitment, it looks like an even better chance Kenny Ray Turner will be headed to junior college or prep school to help bump his qualifying score. While sources are tight lipped on his current situation, one can only speculate given the array of scholarship offers extended to offensive linemen.
Joker Said: "1"
Graduating: Gerad Parker
Commitments: Demoreo Ford
Prospects: Earl Bennett, Aubrey Bell
With Parker leaving, the empty scholarship looks to be headed to a playmaking receiver and the Cats have certainly found themselves that mold in Earl Bennett. If the Cats can secure a commitment from the Birmingham native, the Cats can't be any happier ... Ford is a solid pickup and a nice addition to a recruiting class considering his strong ties to the program and to LaGrange. He brings more to the class then just his intangibles ...
Joker Said: "1"
Commitments: Ross Bogue
Bogue is not the greatest solution at Tight End and certainly won't knock anyone's socks off with his speed - but at his size, he could be a great weapon and a nice target to throw to. Still, questions abound - where do we place him? Offensive Line or Tight End? The staff will possibly wait until he's on campus to decide.