Hopes are pinned on the talented 6-foot-4, 195 pound quarterback prospect from Pittsburgh in Bill Stull. As opposed to last season when the Wildcats had neither a hope or a prayer, the 'Cats are legitament horses in a race for a four-star quarterback. There is no family bond to one school. There is no scoreboard to point at. And no program in the backyard, creating havoc in every direction.
No, this year Kentucky will actually have a fair fight. But instead of dwelling on that notion and waiting around for Stull to decide, the Cats have made big pushes for several quarterbacks in the state of Tennessee - in case the Stull sweepstakes go sour.
Lee Sweeney, a 6-foot-4, 215 pound prospect from Friendship Christian School in Lebanon (TN) has been getting plenty of attention from national powers.
"We've been hearing from schools across the country on Lee," Coach John McNeal said. "We tried to target the schools that would be most interested in a quarterback in his mold and so we've sent out a lot of tape to various schools that would really fit his style. We're not promoting him as a running quarterback, we are promoting him as a gunslinger."
And "sling" he did, throwing for over 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns, with just 3 interceptions this past season. He also rushed 68 times for 301 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"He's the type of quarterback that comes around only so often and you just hope you can find receivers to surround him," McNeal continued. "We've been blessed to have a lot of good receivers this past year to go with Lee.
"We run the spread offense - shotgun almost every play," he continued. "Lee broke all the school records this year, after breaking 'em all last year. The biggest thing for him has always been the accuracy and this year he really improved in that category and came along real well for us. 5 games this year he didn't even play in the second half - so his yardage could have been even higher."
Sweeney is currently on an official visit to Connecticut and is currently in the process of scheduling a visit to Hawaii. Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Kansas have all made contact and have expressed interest.
"Connecticut really likes him and he'll know if he has an offer when he goes up there this weekend," McNeal continued. "Kentucky really likes him a lot, too. We took the team up to Lexington for their 7-on-7 passing tournament this summer and they just fell in love with Lee. We thought the offense fit him and so we went up to Kentucky for a reason. We were a little unsure where Lee stood on there list, but Coach Ortmayer came down last week and said that they were still very high on Lee and are going back to Lexington to decide on an offer. This time of year, the coaches are all scrambled, but they should be back together this weekend and we should hear something on Monday."
The Commanders finished their season 11-2 and an unblemished 7-0 record in their region in route to another regional title.
"Kentucky's pretty high on the list for him," McNeal said. "This summer, he just fell in love with the campus and the coaching staff while we were up there for the 7-on-7."
According to his coach, the Wildcats could expect to receive an official visit if they offer soon. Sweeney has plans to visit Hawaii either next weekend or after the first of Janaury.