LEXINGTON, Ky. – National Signing Day is two days in the rearview mirror but the eyes of local and national media continue to look at the recruiting success of Kentucky football.
Coach Mark Stoops and his relentless staff brought home Kentucky’s highest-rated class in the Internet era of recruiting evaluation, scoring a No. 17 ranking on Rivals.com, No. 20 by ESPN.com, No. 21 by Scout.com and No. 22 by 247Sports.com.
• Sixteen members of Kentucky’s 28-man class received a four-star ranking in at least one of the above-mentioned services.
• Ten of the signees were listed at least once in the Rivals Top 250 players, the ESPN Top 300, the Scout Top 300 or the 247 Top 300.
Kentucky’s recruiting haul has been well-chronicled. There was extensive coverage by the local and area media. An abundance of those written and video stories are available on the Web sites of the media who cover the Cats on a daily basis.
Kentucky’s own UKathletics.com Web site saw a marked increase in traffic. There were 23,932 unique visitors to the Signing Day page, approximately 50 percent more than last year. The number of visitors ranks seventh nationally among the dozens of schools whose sites are hosted by CBS, up from 10th place nationally among CBS-hosted schools last year.
In addition, Coach Stoops made television appearances on ESPNU’s signing-day coverage, “College Football Live” on ESPN2 and Comcast Sports Southeast’s signing-day special.
The national media have been generous in their praise of UK’s recruiting effort, with stories concentrating or prominently featuring the Wildcats by Chris Johnson of Sports Illustrated, Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Alex Scarborough and Edward Aschoff of ESPN.com and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal.