Junior college defensive back Lonnie Johnson now headed to Kentucky


Tuesday turned into one of the best recruiting days that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has had.

First it was four-star Maryland defensive lineman Joshua Paschal picking UK over numerous big-time schools. Then Garden City Community College (Kansas) defensive back Lonnie Johnson committed to UK over Georgia and West Virginia.

The 6-3, 190-pound Johnson played safety at Garden City but many expect him to be a cornerback at UK.

Johnson is from Gary, Ind., and citing the shorter driver for his mother to watch him play as one reason for picking UK over West Virginia, the school most recruiting analysts expected him to pick before his official visit to UK Dec. 2.

Kentucky now has 19 verbal commitments in its 2017 recruiting class and likely will sign less than 25 players because of its smaller than normal senior class.

Kentucky got a commitment from Florida offensive lineman Sebastien Dolcine Tuesday. He had been committed to Central Florida.




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  1. It’s still football season in the Bluegrass. Don’t you just love it?

    1. It feels pretty good Norman. I don’t think the recruiting is over yet either. I am poised to see a 5 star added soon the way Stoops and coaches are working at it. The win over Louisville got some attention nationally, and the bowl game in Jax has to help big time.

  2. How big was the Louisville win? It looks like a bunch of recruits were waiting to see what would happen. It is called “Momentum”.

  3. Momentum it is John. And for once it’s good momentum for the football team. We see it too rarely at UK. I think Stoops may be on his way to changing that mentality. Now we just need to hang on to the guy before some football school does to UK what UK does to schools in basketball – if UK wants your coach chances are they will get him. If Stoops gets a shot at a big time football program we might lose him. Pay him more money immediately. At the start of the year I was ready to see him go. But he turned the corner on so many things it’s amazing. A lot of it was necessary because of the QB injury. He had to go with a less predictable play calling pattern. And it has worked wonders for a team that had talent from the start. Things only get better from here IMO.

    1. King, I am with you about paying him on a par with his peers in the SEC. The one comforting thought that I have is that Stoops wanted this job when it came open. I think he saw the potential here. I have said before that the right coach could build a solid program at UK. Even though I was a kid then, I remember the glory days of the Bear when UK was on a par with the best. I hope he sticks around long enough to get the job done.

  4. It would be great to get 5 star recruits but we have shown we can take down a top 15 team without it as well. It’s about depth, coaching and experience that will help this team. Snell is gonna be a force to reckoned with. Now we need to fill the center void once Toth departs, who was a 2 star when he was recruited but has played way above his rankings.

  5. I look at it this way, when UK starts signing as many 5 star recruits in football as the Alabama’s and Ohio States’s out there, they will dramatically rise to prominence in the SEC, and nationally. They can’t continue signing classes ranked near the bottom of the 14 member SEC and compete in this league for championships. Good coaches with elite talent generally brings amazing results. That has been UK’s problem in the past, a lack of superior talent on the football field. Stoops’ is changing that, no doubt. It comes down to elite athletes in the fold. Alabama has that and it is very telling. Look at the Cats in basketball, same principle.

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