Over the past decade, Kentucky hasn’t exactly cornered the market on four-star prospects—though this year’s signing class already has five of them. Here’s a look at the top-rated recruit the Wildcats have pulled in each year since 2004—and how they turned out.
Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.
Editor’s note: All references to ratings are to the 247Sports.com composite ranking.
Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.
|YEAR||NO. 1 RECRUIT||POS||NAT.RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|2013||Jason Hatcher||DE||180||Had 20 tackles and 2 sacks and some minor off-the-field issues||Inc.|
|2012||Patrick Towles||QB||352||Played some as true freshman, redshirted 2013 after named third string||B|
|2011||Glenn Faulkner||DB||204||Played in four games and registered 7 tackles this year; hasn’t played much||C|
|2010||Alex Smith||TE||320||Never really saw the field at Ky.; transferred to Georgia State in 2011||C|
|2009||Morgan Newton||QB||129||Played in 30 games over four seasons for the Wildcats, mostly as backup||C|
|2008||Aaron Boyd||WR||198||Never really saw the field much until he was a fifth-year senior||C|
|2007||D.J. Stafford||DL||164||Signed with Wildcats but never qualified academically||F|
|2006||Micah Johnson||LB||13||A three-time All-SEC honoree; undrafted NFL free agent||A+|
|2005||Curtis Pulley||QB||n/a||Only played two years at Kentucky before being dismissed from team||D|
|2004||Micah Jones||OL||n/a||Was forced to step away from football because of serious injuries||Inc.|
NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.