PHILLIPS: Don't be concerned over recruiting

Joker Phillips couldn't help smiling when he heard the question. "What is the uproar? I learned from Jerry Claiborne a long time ago not to worry about the ones you lose. Worry the ones you are getting are the right ones. There's nothing to be alarmed over," said Phillips.

Joker Phillips couldn't help smiling when he heard the question.

"What is the uproar? I learned from Jerry Claiborne a long time ago not to worry about the ones you lose. Worry the ones you are getting are the right ones. We feel like the ones who are committed to us are the right ones. There's nothing to be alarmed over," said Phillips. I asked him if he could help calm down UK football fans worried about this year's recruiting not being quite as good as it should be.

Then I asked him if it had been a gamble to go after a "higher level" of players this year.

"We went after the same level every year. We got in on more this year. We were on them longer. We are always going to try and get better players than what we've got. We feel like we have the right commitments with the ones we have. We are not worried or discouraged at all, Phillips said.

Plus, Kentucky probably won't sign over 20 players this year barring a lot of unforeseen departures when the season ends.

"We are not going to sign as many as we have and you can only sign a few over what you have if you think they may not qualify (academically). We feel good about where we are at," Phillips said.

Kentucky has ten verbal commitments even though Tennessee defensive lineman Tim McAdoo is only a "soft verbal" and certainly has hinted he could de-commit. That could be almost half of UK's 2010 recruiting class, or maybe more if a couple of players who signed earlier with the Wildcats but didn't qualify academically then do get eligible.

"One thing we used to do was take chances on grade guys. Now we are not taking chances on grade guys," Phillips said. "You get guys that are qualified now. It used to be that we would take a chance on good players who may not be here academically. We don't need to do that now. We don't need to fight those battles any more. Maybe late (in the recruiting process), but early you don't take a guy who is not qualified. We have moved past that."

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