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Kentucky signee Kyle Meadows can vouch how fast, powerful new UK RB commit Mikel Horton is

By LARRY VAUGHT

Lakota West offensive lineman Kyle Meadows know plenty about Kentucky’s most recent verbal commitment, junior running back Mikel Horton.

Meadows, who signed with UK in February, blocked for Horton last season when he ran for 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns. The 6-1, 230-pound Horton ranks among the nation’s top running backs and had scholarship offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, Kent State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati , Toledo, Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio). He had received interest from Penn State and Michigan State. He had also visited Alabama and Mississippi State.

Horton, who plans to graduate in December and enroll at Kentucky in January, looks like a big back — and is — but Meadows says he is athletic and agile.

“He is an unexpected playmaker,” Meadows said. “Since he is so big for a running back, you expect him to be slow or have not footwork. But he’s amazing. He has power plus speed. Last season was his first season really being as versatile as he could. He was used for pass blocking, running cutbacks, just doing whatever. He has another year to improve on that, but he’s a true athlete.

“You have to see him play in person to really appreciate him. Based on appearances, he might look that great when you just see him. But he’s doing something right to have the status that he does and if you see him play, you’ll know why. He is the kind of guy you love to block for. All he does before a game is say, ‘Open a hole and, I’ve got you.’ I do it and he runs for days. He’s really good.”

Horton, who made his commitment at the Rivals Under Armour All-American Camp Saturday, was in Lexington for the UK Blue-White Game that attracted over 50,000 fans and told Meadows how impressed he was and that it compared to spring games he saw at Alabama and Tennessee.

“He said he didn’t see any difference between Kentucky and the so-called top-notch SEC schools, and I agree,” Meadows said.

Kentucky was Horton’s first Southeastern Conference offer and he quickly built a relationship with coach Mark Stoops and assistant Vince Marrow, UK’s lead recruiter in Ohio.

He is Kentucky’s third verbal commit from Ohio in the 2014 recruiting class and others could be close to making the same decision. Meadows has communicated with many of the potential 2014 recruits.

“I give them advice. I don’t really make the decision. I tell them what is good about Kentucky, but I don’t put down other colleges,” Meadows said. “I just tell them what all is going on at Kentucky.”

What is right in his opinion is the “Kentucky fan base” from what he’s seen.

“As soon as those guys stepped out on the field for the spring game, they could feel the excitement and everything I was telling them,” Meadows said. “It’s just the general hospitality around the program. I am sold on that and the coaching staff and players themselves.

“I wasn’t surprised by the spring game crowed. I was expecting it and told guys (Ohio recruits) to expect that. It just makes me feel even better about next year. Just imagine how many we will get for a real home game. We are also getting more people committed, and that excites me. We are getting de-commits from people that want to come to us. We are getting well known players like Mikel to come to Kentucky that have gone to almost any school. Kentucky is getting it done and that’s what I tell recruits like Mikel.”

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  1. goUKats

    As a longgggggg,longgggg suffering UK football fan I am getting so excited about the program again.It is great that youngmen like Meadows and Horton will be bringing their talent to the football program that I care so deeply about.
    Stoops and his staff are to be commended.

  2. Ira

    As a football fan hard to say I have been un excited by UK football, but last year under Joker was probably by far most. Think more outrage than anything. Brooks had built a decent program for only Joker to run it in the ground in 3 very short years.

    But to say excited now extremely. Coach Stoops recruits like an SEC coach. We are getting SEC type players. Players that are needed not only needed to compete, but really win in this league. The heck with 6-7 win seasons. Lets compete for SEC East titles.

    Players like Horton, Meadows, set us up for this. Watched Horton’s commitment video, well spoken. Great attitude. Loved that we got him!

  3. Larry Pup

    This is a real exciting time for UK football. Horton is a great RB. His size and strength will be real assets for success in the SEC. That he is a “Wildcat” commit is just a blessing based on the schools who recruited him. Mikel is the kind of big back UK has needed for a long time. BBN is very thankful Mikel you are coming to UK. I wish you nothing but the best. Coach Stoops is bringing in some great football talent. Thanks to Coach Marrow for his hard work. Go Cats!!!

    1. larryvaught

      Actually think Cats have 3 or 4 other silent commits as well

  4. RJ

    I hope I live long enough to see these kids play. For the first time in darn near 10 years, I’m excited about KY football!

    1. larryvaught

      You will RJ> Keep the faith

  5. MikeF

    WOW!! It is exciting that we are going after the 4 and 5 star recruits. I already have my tickets for Nashville and WKU. The enthusiasm from this new Coaching staff is nothing short of fantastic!! Go Big Blue!

  6. David

    This is the kind of good news I look for each day with commitments from 4 star players. I hope your sources are right Larry on the 3 or 4 silent commits and I can’t wait to see who they are and what positions they play. Go Big Blue!

  7. Juan4UK

    Kinsmen are the cornerstone of a football team. On, and off the field.

  8. Juan4UK

    Linemen

  9. JCC

    It is so fun to see all the four star players that are being listed as high interest and the commits we are getting. It has been forever, it has been since the star system was put into place. 2 and 3 star players now it is 3 and 4 star players and who knows maybe a 5???? It could happen.

  10. Love SEC F-Ball

    I hope that you are right. Can’t wait to see who commits next.
    I agree with others – I have never seen this much interest by 4-Star players in U.K.!
    Hope it continues.

  11. steve from Dayton

    I like hearing that the players are communicating with each other. That has paid off in other years…Rick Norton and those players did that and they recruited each other.

    Thanks, Larry. My routine is to check for UK Football news EVERY morning. You are the best at keeping us informed. I like reading about that other sport too. :-)

    1. larryvaught

      Thanks very much Steve from Dayton. Got to get you down to the UK Ohio convention July 20 in Middletown so I can meet you in person

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