UK got a rare piece of bad news on the football recruiting trail Thursday night, when elite quarterback Jarrett Stidham announced his top 10 schools.
Stidham — the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2015 — did not list UK among those schools. The 6-foot-2 prospect plays his high school ball in Stephenville, Texas, but he was born and raised in Kentucky.
The schools that did make Stidham’s top 10 were Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He has scholarship offers from all of those programs.
UK was already seen as a long shot for Stidham, but many expected the Wildcats to make his top 10 schools. National signing day for the 2015 class is still a year away.
Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar also has a scholarship offer from Kentucky for the Class of 2015. UK has also evaluated highly touted Lexington Catholic quarterback Reese Ryan, among other QBs in the junior class.
New offer for Harris
Madison Southern running back Damien Harris said Thursday that he has received a scholarship offer from Auburn. Harris announced offers from Southern Cal and Oklahoma earlier this week.
The 5-11 prospect backed off his commitment to Michigan last month. He is expected to be a major recruiting target for Kentucky in the next class. When UK Coach Mark Stoops was asked about priorities for the Class of 2015 on Wednesday, he responded with a not-so-subtle reference to Harris.
“We could always use a home-run running back,” he said with a grin. “Know where I can find one?”
Rivals.com ranks Harris as the No. 1 running back nationally in the Class of 2015. He also has offers from Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among several other top programs.