If you would have told me that Kentucky Football was beating LSU, Alabama, Michigan, and even Louisville in recruiting, I would not believe you, not at all. But it’s a different feel in Lexington these days and that is mainly due to Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops. In November 2012, Mark Stoops took over the program and it started off very rocky. In his first year he went 2-10 and then followed it up with two straight 5-7 seasons, barely missing bowl season. Everyone was calling for Mark’s head, including myself but I am forever thankful that Mitch trusts himself more so than the passionate Big Blue Nation.
After his first three years of going a combined 12-24, he started his 2016 season with another disappointing 0-2 before he turned it around. He finished up going up 7-5 defeating Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals in the best way possible. This was followed by another 7-6 season due to another bowl loss and we all know what happened this past season, 10-3 with a Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State. Stoops has given Kentucky fans a wild ride, but the actual ride is only beginning. Which brings us to yesterday.
Yesterday, Kentucky Football stole a recruit right from Michigan. In quite possibly one of the deepest, coolest commitment videos of all time, Kalil Branham announced his intentions to join the 2020 squad. Check it out here if you missed it. He said he always felt connected to the Blue, but got it wrong with his first choice and God showed him the way to the Big Blue Nation when everyone, including his coaches, shunned him after deciding Michigan. The four star has drawn comparisons to Lynn Bowden but either way he is a huge get for Kentucky.
We had another Yahtzee yesterday in the form of 4-Star Defensive End Samuel Anaele who was drawing interest from Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon. Just take that in for a minute…Kentucky is beating out the top teams in recruiting and their doing it while trying to build a program at the same time. A team that is second fiddle to Basketball is soon becoming their equal counterpart and a huge part of it is due to Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow. Kentucky is now ranked 22nd in terms of recruiting for the 2020 class and there are so many more on the way. Let’s keep it moving and let’s prove everyone wrong.