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By LARRY VAUGHT
Do recruiting rankings matter to coaches?
Most say no, even if they know better. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops gave a refreshingly honest answer to that question Wednesday as he discussed his first signing class.
“I think that’s fair to say, I think it matters a little bit. I think if anything it says to the 2014 class that these guys are serious, they know what they’re doing and they’re going to make a great commitment to recruiting and gives you some credibility, I would say, with y’all and with the people and with the buzz out there,” Stoops said. “It’s an honest answer. Yeah, let’s not kid ourselves, you want to be higher than not be higher, right?
So is it discouraging to perhaps have UK’s best recruiting class ever and still rank 12th or 13th in the SEC?
“That is when you start looking at it that way a little bit, yeah. It’s a real challenge but it’s a great credit to this league,” Stoops said. “It’s a big reason why I’m here. I always felt like UK — a lot of people asked me about why here, and why did you jump on this opportunity, and why did you seek this opportunity? I just felt there was great potential here. I felt there was a sleeping giant here that we can do great things and we will do great things.
“It’s a big part of it, the league. If you want to be the best, you want to play against the best.”