We have people in schools that we trust, especially in Kentucky, to know they will not just say the kid is a good kid so we will take him. They will say he is a good kid because he genuinely is a good kid," Philips said. "There have been times we haven't taken kids over reports we have got. We want to bring good kids into this environment so if you do make a mistake and bring the wrong one into this environment there are enough good ones to straighten him out
"I learned that from Jerry Claiborne. That is the way to build a better program. Our jobs are way too hard to be around kids you don't like being around. The thing I have taken is character first. If you get enough good ones and you do make a mistake, you will have enough of them to bring the other kid around. That will definitely not change when I am a head coach. This place has been a classy place and that is what it will continue to be and Ridge knows that."
Wilson knows he paid a price in playing time for his mistake even after he was re-instated to the team.
"I guess you could say it did hurt me. But I am learning and glad to be on the team and going to school. Things could be a lot worse," Wilson smiled and said.
However, he's not lost confidence in his athletic ability that made him one of the state's top high school players last year and a big-time recruit for UK. He's already anticipating what could happen next year after the Cats lose starting linebackers Sam Maxwell and Micah Johnson to graduation.