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 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.