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While Kentucky is concentrating on recruiting more in Ohio, the staff has not cut back on its recruiting in southern states as shown by five verbal commitments out of Florida in the 2013 recruiting class.
“We are not focusing more in Ohio than the South. We still have a huge emphasis in the South,” Kentucky coach Joker Phillips said. “We are focusing more in Ohio. (Assistant) Mike Cassity has had a lot of success (recruiting) in Ohio. (Defensive coordinator) Rick Minter has ties. (Linebacker coach) Chuck Smith has an area of Ohio.
“But we are working just as hard in the South. It has taken a couple of years to get benefits from the relationships we are trying to build. We have five commitments from Florida. What we have done in Ohio is try to put some (scholarship) offers out there earlier and hope to see that pay off. We think there are a lot of players in the state of Ohio that will come South to play. But we can never cut back on recruiting in the South. We just want to do a better job in Ohio at the same time we are recruiting well in the South. You have to go find all the players you can.”