Kentucky adds 4th commit from Ohio, expected to land 4-star commit today


If Kentucky keeps this up, it may put the Cincinnatis, Indianas and West Virginias of the football world out of business.

The Wildcats under head coach Mark Stoops have now taken their 17th recruit from his home state of Ohio–as opposed to 9 out of the state of Kentucky in the same span. Linebacker Jordan Jones is from storied Cardinal Mooney H.S. in Youngstown, and he had offers from Miami (Fla.), West Virginia, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Michigan State and Oklahoma. He is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and runs a sub 4.5-second 40-yard dash. The three-star prospect had 123 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior.

These are recruits who have opted to go to Kentucky to try to rebuild the program to compete in the SEC East. Even with a 2-10 season in 2013 standing in the way, Kentucky’s recruits seem to see something good brewing in the future.

With the addition of Jones, Kentucky moved up 9 spots in the national team recruiting rankings and now occupy the No. 25 spot.

More good news should come later today when Ohio native and four-star tight end C.J. Conrad is expected to come on board and become the ninth commitment of Kentucky’s 2015 class. He and Eli Brown would give the Wildcats two top 200 nationally ranked players.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.


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  • Kentucky is one of the most interesting teams right now over the next few years. They, along with Tennessee and Missouri, are recruiting lights out. But what’s the ceiling for the Cats? The SEC East is going to have so much parity over the next few years, but no doubt, Mark Stoops has a firm grasp on changing the culture of Kentucky football.

    • Where does this ultimately end? When Mark Stoops can’t produce enough wins to get to an annual bowl game. He’ll only be able to sustain this recruiting success if he keeps winning on the field, and the same goes for Butch Jones.

      • VolsJake — I’ll take a swipe at this. Stoops wins 2 or 3 non conference games a year (the two powder puffs and Louisville?), and maybe works up to winning 3 (maybe 4) SEC games a year and pulls an upset once in awhile. He wins about 7 games a year regular season and goes to a bowl game, maybe finishes with 8 wins. Then somebody will steal him away……that’s how it’ll end. I’ll give it 3 or 4 years for exactly that to happen, because Kentucky will be back in bowl games 2 years from now with Drew Barker leading the way.