GIDEL: Football aims to add OL help

The question rang throughout the bluegrass after the University of Kentucky coaching staff released the names and positions of the highly acclaimed recruiting class of 2006.

Where's the beef?

Despite the fact Kentucky would bring in a host of talent across the board, only one possible lineman graced the list of 34 signees last February.

Nearly 4 months since signing day, perhaps we know why.

The state of Kentucky, hardly regarded as a hot-bed for recruiters, has five offensive lineman that are making individual schools turn their head.

Stuart Hines (6'5 280) of Bowling Green, Chase Dumphord (6'7 285) of Paris, Paul Millay (6'4 275) of Owensboro, Brad Durham (6'5 300) of Rockcastle and Billy Joe Murphy (6'7 275) of Monroe Co. all hold offers from the Wildcat coaching staff as of today, and while the 'Cats will more than likely not take no more than 4 offensive lineman in the upcoming class, the five-some are comparable enough to each other to allow the coaching staff to be patient.

"They told me that they don't want me to rush," Mount Vernon native, Brad Durham said, "they really aren't pressuring me to go ahead and make a decision, at all."

Outside the state, the 'Cats have been just as active and just as selective. Number one on their priority list is Jack Cornell, Jr. outt of Quincy (Ill.).

"I've got some family ties to Kentucky," the 6-foot-6, 285 pound offensive lineman said. "My parents went to UK. My Dad and mom are big fans and I guess you could say, so am I."

Cornell, Jr. (6'5 296) thinks the 'Cats have the potential to become an elite program. "They lose a bunch of heartbreakers every year it seems," Cornell, Jr. "They are getting some great players in with this recruiting class, so things are looking up."

The star recruit out of Notre Dame HS will be taking an unofficial visit to Kentucky this summer. "We're gonna visit my uncle, who lives in Lexington," Cornell, Jr. said. "We'll take an unofficial then."

The latest scholarship offer was to West Columbia (SC) Airport HS offensive lineman C.J. Matthews. Matthews is an intimidating force at 6-6, 310 pounds who has garnered interest from schools from Colorado to Oregon to Tennessee.

The Wildcats, however, are the first and only school to offer.

"It was sort of out of the blue that I got the offer," Matthews said. "I hadn't even gotten a letter from Kentucky when they offered. Then my coach told me they wanted to offer a scholarship and I got the letter a few days later."

"It's my first one, so I don't really have anything to compare it too, yet. I'm gonna try and make it up there."

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