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By LARRY VAUGHT

New Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown apparently hit the ground running Monday as soon as he officially signed his new contract with the Wildcats.

Kentucky has two potential big-time receivers — James Quick of Trinity and Ryan Timmons of Franklin County — with the speed and playmaking ability to compete in the SEC. Last week new defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot went to see both players, but Brown is the one who will be coaching them if they decided to come to Kentucky. That’s why Brown wasted no time Monday according to sources going to see both players, who have yet to make their college choices.

Sources also indicated that he hoped to pay a visit to Notre Dame commit Hunter Bivin, a 290-pound lineman at Owensboro Apollo.

If Kentucky could land one of the three, that would be major progress for coach Mark Stoops and his staff. If the Cats could get two, it would be a huge boost for the program in a variety of ways.

Brown may even have found time to visit another high profile Lexington player Monday just after he signed his contract and before he hit the road.

 

33 Responses to Neal Brown wastes no time visiting top state prospects

  • Keith says:

    Who was the Lexington player Brown visited today?

  • Larry Pup says:

    We all know these guys can coach. What UK needs is talent. Talent wins most of the time coupled with good coaching.

  • Jake says:

    Probably Kyle Bolin. 3 star Pro-Style QB from Lex Cath.

  • Jake says:

    Pup: UK has plenty of talent. Phillips could find the best 2-3 stars with potential (Trevathan, Cobb, Sanders, Max Smith, etc). UK can hang with the SEC with the kids we have now, we just have to supplement them and bring their potential to fruition.

    • Larry Pup says:

      Jake they have had fair talent. Certainly not overpowering talent. I think UK has some talent now, but they don’t have a Lacy or Gurley. If UK wants to compete for an sec championship they must get their fair share of 4 and 5 star recruits that normally go to the sec powers. If our new coaching staff starts bringing a few of these in, particularly from the deep south, you’ll see UK start to win our share of football games. I don’t think you can win a sec championship, or a national championship, I don’t care who is coaching, without top flight football talent of the 4 and 5 star caliber. This is proven year after year. Just look at Alabama, Florida, Georgia, etc. Stoops and company must get a few of these and start building winning tradition. Success breeds success.

      • Larry Pup says:

        Where other sec teams have an advantage on uk in football, particularly the top teams like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, USC etc. is depth at just about every position. That has to change.

        • Larry Pup says:

          This staff just hired is said to be great recruiters in key areas of football breeding grounds. Time will tell. I am sure crossing my fingers. If we start to see UK’s recruiting class in the top 25, look out!!!!

  • eddie says:

    sorry to burst people’s bubble we will probley get timmons i would scratch out james quick though because petrino will get him to WKU cause bobby p been recruiting him hard for a long time now.

    • Proberts says:

      No disrespect intended, but Quick won’t go to WKU where he’ll be playing against non-BCS talent the majority of the time. He’ll go to a BCS school. I don’t care if Petrino has been recruiting him since he was in diapers.

  • Jimcats says:

    Jake’s right, with talent similar to what we now have, we could win in the SEC (4 or 5 games) with top D and O schemes and a confident attitude. Maybe not the first year when everything is new to everyone, but soon.

  • Mason says:

    I don’t think James Quick wants to play in Conference USA. He’ll end up at UofL or maybe OSU. KY has little shot but you have to lay the groundwork for future classes.

    • Larry Pup says:

      I wouldn’t giveup on Quick just yet. It ain’t over tell it’s over.

      • Larry Pup says:

        Eliot has already visited Quick, or attempted to. Brown is said to be on the way.

      • Mason says:

        Larry if this staff can land Quick it would send quite a message. At the end of the day I think the family ties to UofL, Strong not leaving, moving to the SEC they should be in the drivers seat or if he wants to go big time then OSU. I would love it though if they could pull this out. I do think (hope), Timmons will end up at KY. Bolin is a UofL commit and coming off an ACL.

        • Mason says:

          Sorry. I meant ACC obviously not the SEC :)

          • Larry Pup says:

            The big test for UK’s staff is to control Kentucky recruiting, particularly Louisville schools. They gotta beat out Strong who has made great strides. They have to get the cream of the crop here at home for starters. With Strong winning at UofL, he has a leg up right now. That is why we have to kick their ass next year at CWS. That is the most important game on UK’s schedule as far as I’m concerned.

        • larryvaught says:

          Just getting Quick or Timmons after being out of the picture with both would be a huge plus

    • UKFAN197TONE says:

      Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia.

      Those are listed teams for Quick on scout.com.

      • UKFAN197TONE says:

        He’s one tough kid.

        “Trinity High School wide receiver James Quick, a top University of Louisville football target, played the final game of his high school career on Saturday night. Despite three broken ribs, Quick had three catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns as the Shamrocks decked Pleasure Ridge Park 61-7 in the Class 6-A state final.”

  • 1catmantoo says:

    Eddie: No way Quick goes to Western when he can choose from Ohio State, Oregon, UK and UL. Absolutely no way. Write that down.

  • ACE12 says:

    UK has the talent. They just need to be coached up and developed properly. I’ve never seen so many WIDE OPEN receivers on 3rd, other than against UK. They need to be taught proper schemes and positioning. Once the players learn the new schemes, they should be fun to watch.

  • UKFAN197TONE says:

    UK, at this point, is #61 in scout.com recruiting rankings. Let’s see where they go from here…

  • NostraDanis says:

    The results are pending, but I love that the new staff members seem to all be hitting the recruiting trail immediately (or sooner!) after being hired. Hopefully, the days of looking at our staff and identifying the one, two or three guys that are decent recruiters are over.

    Larry, you seem to be struggling with the concept of “vacation”!

    • larryvaught says:

      NostraDanis, vacation is a relative term in my business. But at least not in office and having to do all the stuff I normally do there each week that involves a lot of things besides writing

  • UK-Cincy says:

    I can’t see Quick going to wku when petrino will be gone in a year or less.

  • Richmond Cat says:

    I think the QB at Tech has had a couple of ACL repairs. Bolin will come back fine from that.I have no doubt he would be on Browns radar. According to the sites he is a 4 star on Scout and 247 and a high 3 on Rivals and ESPN. I have seen him several times and would love to have him great player. Would he flip Larry with a new staff.

    • larryvaught says:

      Kyle Bolin grew up a UK fan but never got a lot of attention from the past staff. Don’t know if he would flip because of loyalty Louisville has shown him, but glad to see this UK staff at least wants to try

  • RJ says:

    I’m puzzled by a lot of responses relative to KY’s current talent level. Yes, we have “some” SEC calibre young men but too few to hang with the likes of FL, Al, GA, LSU and, apparently, Vandy. Even with the coaching issues we had, our players, by in large, did not demonstrate a high talent level. With better coaching, we will be better but not great next year. We simply must land a few of these high talent kids to be competitive.

  • JCC says:

    There was a time that UK was not even being considered by Quick, now I think they have a real shot at him. The kid they need to put everything they got towards is Montravius Adams if they could get him I think the floodgates would be wide open.

  • Seymour says:

    Got to get the 4 & 5 star recruits if we are to compete in the SEC. Pick any of the bigs and take a look at the players they have recruited. Kind of like playing against Calipari’s boys. May make a game out of it, but not going to win on a regular basis – takes talent to beat talent.

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