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Orlando writer says Stoops and Eliot having a big impact already on Florida recruits

Asiantii Woulard photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel

Asiantii Woulard photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel


Chris Hays is the recruiting coverage coordinator for the Orlando Sentinel and has seen the impact new Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot, who came to UK from Florida State, have made on recruiting in Florida.

“Before those guys came in, Blake McClain was the only one in Central Florida (Orlando area) getting recruited heavily by Kentucky, but now there’s Jeff Badet, Asiantii Woulard, JoJo Kemp, Stafon McCray  … and on and on. Every kid I talk to is suddenly listing Kentucky among his list of schools he wants to visit and, honestly that has not been the case around here,” Hays said.

“These guys know Florida recruiting and where to find the right prospects. It’s not just Central Florida, either. They kept Alvonte Bell onboard, who is a star in the making with very raw skills but a tremendous player. They landed Khalid Thomas, who is one of the unsung of an incredible group of 2013 Florida running backs and they’ll be bringing in a few others before signing day. Things have to be looking up.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    This is great news. We have to recruit the state of Florida hard, and it souds like we are. I am excited for UK and can’t wait to hear who is coming to turn this program into a winner. Recruiting is the first step.

    1. Anonymous

      Scout.com has UK the leader for Stafon McCray. He is a 5’11”– 200 pound RB who runs a 4.5– 40. Come on Stafon, BBN is waiting, and we need you.

    2. Anonymous

      Stafon McCray is a 200 lb. RB who runs a 4.5 40. UK is listed as the leader by Scout.com. Come on Stafon, BBN needs you.

    3. Larry Pup

      Stafon McCray has UK No. 1. He is a 5’11” 200 lb RB who runs a 4.5 40. Come on Stafon BBN needs you.

  2. Anonymous

    Stafon McCray is a 200 lb. RB who runs a 4.5 40. Scout.com has UK the leader. Come on Stafon, BBN needs you.

  3. Larry Pup

    It’s me. My computer was on the blink or something. Sorry. I am excited about this football recruiting news.

  4. oldblackhightops

    There’s also a kid named Stafon McCray who has the Cats at the top of his list.

    Listed as a 5’11″ 200 lb RB that has been timed at 4.5 in the 40.

    Come on Stafon BBN needs you.

    LP: Just having a little fun cause I’m excited about recruiting too!!

  5. Larry Pup

    oldblackhightops..these computers kick my ass. Thanks for your understanding. Sorry Larry V. Keep the football news coming. Love it.

  6. Tyblue22

    Kentucky plays in the SEC and although not a power at this time, Stoops is changing thing drastically. Kentucky has proven ove rthe years the ability to knock off top SEC schools. Remember Kentucky knocked out #1 LSU a couple years back, beat South Carolina, Tennessee, top 10 Louisville, etc. If Stoops and UK arte going to make a run at the SEC, the basis will be with Recruits from Florida, and Stoops knows this.

  7. doppleganger

    Does anybody know anything about this Stafon McCray kid?

  8. Larry Pup

    I hope he is better at football than I am with this computer. I hope we sign him doppleganger. Hey! I’m just glad we are trying to sign some kids we are not supposed to.

  9. Bill

    Doppleganger, McCray was described by ESPN as a big back with with a small back’s feet and quickness. I’ve seen some of his videos and he has a quick change of direction when running, and he has speed.

  10. Larry Pup

    It’s football time in the “Blue Grass!”

  11. David

    Not sure if you ghuys knew this but, Stafon McCray is a 200 lb. RB who runs a 4.5 40. Scout.com has UK the leader. Come on Stafon, BBN needs you.

    LOL hang in there Larry, don’t let that computer whoop ya!

  12. Larry Pup

    David I sure hope for my sake we sign this guy. Based on my posts is he a senior yet?
    Hey! Life is good my friend.

  13. Tom R

    Based on what I’ve read lately, we don’t want McCray now.

  14. Larry Pup

    Tom R..if he reads these posts he probably won’t sign. He’ll think that school is full of nuts. We sure need him though. Amen to that.

    1. Larry Pup

      I think we will get both backs Kemp and McCray. What do you think about that UK? Shucks, sign em all!

  15. coldspringmike

    Down here in Florida for the winter. Listening to sports talk radio of course the talk is of Florida, Alabama, FSU and LSU recruiting. However the other day one of the guys said ” watch out for Kentucky, they are in on some of the top kids in Florida and could have a top 15 class signed up in February “. Top 15, Kentucky, football never in a million years did I think I would hear that.

  16. Larry Pup

    coldspringmike…you made my day. GO BLUE!!!! Good Night BBN. Beat OLE MISS! and Coach Stoops we are rooting you on. Sign some goodins!

  17. David

    Awesome news coldspringmike

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