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By HAL MORRIS
Former Kentucky football player Derrick Johnson said you’ve got to have a “gimmick” sometimes to get recruits, pointing out Oregon’s multiple eye-catching uniforms as one example.
“You’ve got to realize you’re not recruiting grown people, you’re recruiting 18-, 19-year-old kids, and you’ve got to do what makes them excited. Whether it’s putting an Xbox or PlayStation in the lockers to get them to come to school, so be it. You’ve got to realize everything’s about even now. Everyone’s on TV, so you’ve got to separate yourself.
“And I use Oregon all the time, they did it with their uniforms.”
So what’s Kentucky’s gimmick?
“I think Neal Brown’s offense is a big deal, and I also think the names Stoops is synonymous with football,” Derrick Johnson said. “And with the way social media works, someone tweets, ‘I’m going to Kentucky,’ then they next guy goes, ‘Well I want to go to Kentucky too.’ And these kids are around each other year long (at camps and combines) and make that commitment and want to hang together.”