By LARRY VAUGHT
LOUISVILLE — Here’s what UK coach Mark Stoops told the Jefferson County UK Alumni Club Friday about the importance of recruiting Louisville and signing Trinity’s Jason Hatcher in February after he had committed to USC.
“Well, we believe very strongly in what we’re doing. We’re not cocky or anything like that, but when you walk into a school — when we walk into Trinity — we want to let people know up here in Louisville that Kentucky is here and we’re not messing around,” Stoops said. “But with that, you have to have some substance, and that’s why we signed Jason Hatcher. Not because of the way we carried ourselves in that building, but because of the substance that would go behind it.
“People ask us, ‘Why? How? What are you doing here with this recruiting?’ Y’all can listen to me right now and you know I don’t have a sliver tongue, but it’s about substance. It’s about what we’re doing with our program. We bring them in and show them exactly what we’re doing. We wouldn’t have signed Jason Hatcher without genuinely recruiting him. We’ve had great success with defensive linemen at Florida State prior to being here, and we worked relentlessly to get that flipped.”