Published December 19, 2013 - 4:00pmNEW: Follow on facebook -
For Kentucky, the biggest news this week came when basically the Wildcats traded one junior college defensive back for another one.
The Wildcats, who with 24 commitments clearly have their best recruiting class in more than a decade–at the very least–are ranked No. 16 in the nation, team wise. This week, Shyquawn Pullium, a DB out of Blinn Community College in Texas, was removed from one recruiting service’s “commitment list” for Kentucky. Then on JUCO signing day (Wednesday), A.J. Stamps of national champion East Mississippi Community College immediately filled the void. He’s 6-foot-0, 185 pounds.
Though Pullium and Stamps are both multi-dimensional athletes, it is thought Pullium would play cornerback at Kentucky and Stamps will also play cornerback.
Stamps and DT Cory Johnson, the No. 31 rated JUCO prospect in the nation out of ASA College in New York, both signed letters of intent with Kentucky on the first day of the signing period–Wednesday. Also, five high school players signed non-binding scholarship agreements in recent weeks, including QB phenom Drew Barker.
And with those signings, head coach Mark Stoops could finally comment publicly about them–per NCAA rules.
STOOPS: “Pleased to announce two new additions today starting with Cory Johnson, a defensive tackle. He is a big guy from ASA Junior College, 6-foot-4, 300-pound D-tackle. A very productive player. He is a big, physical guy. He is very mature and very active in the D-line. Very excited for Cory and also for A.J. Stamps.”
“(Stamps) is a cornerback out of East Mississippi Junior College. A guy that really blew up this year. He started as a wide receiver his first year at East Mississippi and played corner this year. He did a fantastic job. Big, strong corner. Again, a guy that can come in here at mid-year and help us. Physical guy 6-foot, 195-pounds. Again, want to make it clear he is a cornerback and played corner and we recruited him as a corner. Really excited about that. Two new additions to go along with the five high school guys we already talked about. That will be very helpful for us to have seven guys coming in here to participate in our offseason workouts and spring ball and all those good things. Very excited to add those two guys.”