Rich Brooks doesn't expect an immediate benefit in recruiting from Kentucky's win in the Music City Bowl. However, he has a good reason for that.
"We were pretty close to being done with recruiting before the bowl game," the Kentucky coach said. "Where we have to hope the bowl win helps is with the next recruiting class. Maybe this will help us get in on a few players a little quicker because we won eight games and did win a bowl game on national television."
Brooks still isn't exactly sure how many players Kentucky will sign in February. Chris Cessna, a 2006 signee, will enroll at UK this semester but he will count on last year's recruiting class. Two junior college linemen that are expected to enroll will count against this year's class.
"It's a fluid situation," Brooks said. "It always is. Somebody may not make it academically or somebody may decide to leave. Different scenarios always happen, and always will. It (the number UK will sign) will probably be in the low 20's. But that really remains to be seen."
What Brooks won't do is let anyone on his staff have a false sense of security about recruiting because of UK's 8-5 record or bowl victory.
"You have to be realistic. The season we had helped, but you have to understand that Kentucky is just not suddenly going to start beating Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, LSU and other name teams for players," Brooks said. "As much as you would like to think that will happen, it won't.
"We still have to be smart in our recruiting. We have to find the two-star and three-star guys (on recruiting rankings) that will develop into four-star or five-star players. We've had success doing that, and we just have to keep on.
"Certainly our success will open some doors. But to think that all the top players are now just going to flock to Kentucky would be very unrealistic thinking."Brooks said.
UK's Brooks realistic about recruiting
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