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Stoops: ‘We need 28 players’ in Class of 2014

 Posted by at 7:51 PM on October 22, 2013  Add comments
Oct 222013
 
UK Coach Mark Stoops has already assembled a stellar recruiting class for 2014. Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

UK Coach Mark Stoops has already assembled a stellar recruiting class for 2014.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Kentucky already has 25 football commitments for the Class of 2014, but Coach Mark Stoops isn’t done yet.

“We need 28 players, I promise you,” Stoops said Tuesday. “So we’re going to try to get 28.”

The UK coach pointed out that 28 is the maximum number of scholarships that schools are permitted to give out in a single class.

Ohio wide receiver Dorian Baker became the 25th commitment to UK’s recruiting class over the weekend, but some big targets remain.

The obvious one is John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam, who will take his official visit to Kentucky on Dec. 13 and make his college decision Jan. 4. UK is hoping to flip Ohio State commitment Marcelys Jones, one of the best offensive linemen in the senior class. Others who have been mentioned as possible additions include Ohio’s No. 1 prospect Marshon Lattimore (though he’s a long shot) and junior college offensive tackle Avery Gennesy, who plays for the same school that produced Za’Darius Smith.

“I think we’re constantly looking to improve at O-line and D-line, getting some more size, some big bodies in there,” Stoops said.

As Stoops pointed out, National Signing Day isn’t until Feb. 5. A lot can change between now and then, and the UK coaching staff will keep all options on the table.

“We’ll continue to recruit pretty hard through February,” Stoops said. “Things change, as you know. We feel very good, feel like we’re solid with the guys we have, but you never know and we want to keep on recruiting. And we have a few spots to fill, so we’ll keep on going.”

Check out Jennifer Smith’s blog for a full recap of Stoops’ comments to the media Tuesday.

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