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Trinity DE Jason Hatcher to visit UK and Neal Brown making big pitch for Quick and Timmons

Neal Brown

Neal Brown


Anyone who knows Neal Brown knows that Brown did not lack for confidence as a high school or college player and has kept that same trait during his successful college coaching career.

That’s why it’s no surprise that he has gone right to work trying to convince the state’s best players — who had little interest in UK during the season — to give the Cats a closer look now that Mark Stoops is the head coach and he’s the offensive coordinator.

Apparently four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher of Trinity, one of the state’s top five players and a Southern Cal commit, is listening to Stoops, Brown and new defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot because now plans to visit UK. No guarantee of anything more, but it is a start.

Brown also watched Trinity receiver James Quick, another four-star player the the winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the state’s top player, play basketball Tuesday night and has let him know he could star in UK’s new offense.

Receiver Ryan Timmons of Franklin County, a three-star recruit and scoring machine last season, has heard from Brown, too, and likely will visit UK Saturday. He is also considering Arkansas, Ohio State and Illinois.

Timmons could be a natural in Brown’s offense because Franklin County ran a similar offense and Timmons scored 42 touchdowns rushing and receiving. Franklin County coach Chris Tracy attended a coaching clinic at Centre College two years ago when Brown, then the Texas Tech offensive coordinator, went through his offense and the last two years the Flyers have had one of the state’s top scoring offenses.

Stoops was the coordinator and Eliot the defensive ends coach for a Florida State team that was second in the FBS in total defense. UK has now bolstered its resume further by bringing in Brown to run the offense.

Timmons said that UK has an appeal as an in-state school.

“If that’s where I end up, I hope they do turn things around,” he said. “I know that if I went there, it would be exciting. My mother could be there for me every weekend to watch me play. I’m looking forward to my visit. I can’t wait.”

Timmons plans to pick a college after he takes his January visits. He has no single favorite but is focusing on four schools: Arkansas, where he visited during the season; Illinois, where he visited two weeks ago; Ohio State, where he’ll visit on Jan. 11; and UK, where he plans to visit the week before or after he goes to Columbus.

Trinity also has three more of the state’s top 10 players in cornerback Ryan White, running back Dalyn Dawkins  and quarterback Travis Wright. If Stoops and Brown could make inroads at Trinity, annually one of the state’s best teams if not the best, it would be a huge start for revitalizing the Kentucky program.


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  1. Love SEC FBall

    Wow – Another recruiting article. Glad to see this . This is exciting.

    Notice Timmons comments about his Mother? That is huge.

  2. Jim W.

    I love it! This staff has hit the ground running – of course, it had to. Trinity – and Louisville, itself – will be key to keeping in-state players for years to come. These coaches are no dummies, they know where they have to go and make inroads quickly. Also visiting Owensboro’s Hunter Bivin this week, too. Persuading a few of these guys to switch to the Blue & White will go a long way to getting Kentucky Football back on the right track! Thanks for the coverage, Larry, it’s FUN reading about football in December!

  3. UK-Cincy

    Hatcher a DE, and that’s the position FSU excelled last year and UK needs D Ends bad.

  4. LarryPup

    Great article. Got to have em!

  5. Mike Flannery

    University of Kentucky sports are socio-economic in our state, we do not have any pro teams and this state identifies nationally with UK and the Kentucky Derby. Kentucky high school players who stay home and go to UK normally become folk heroes because of the statewide support of the University. It is late in the game, but, it looks like the new Staff is going “all out” to keep these “Blue-Chippers” home. The new offense and defense sure look like exciting times ahead!

  6. Bill

    If you are a DE and hope to play on Sundays some day then how do you not look at a coach who has had tremendous success coaching and developing outstanding DE’s? I understand the PR aspects of keeping Kentucky players at home. What impresses me about these coaches is they are in it to win it. The staff that is coming together have the credentials to be special. It is exciting times for sure.

  7. RJ

    We may not get Timmons but based on his comments we have him thinking. I’d say that two weeks ago he was even thinking about UK.


    1. larryvaught

      I would say you are right about that RJ and that’s a huge move in two weeks for Stoops and UK to just be in the conversation

  8. LindaS

    I hope the Coach can get a lot more of the boys from Lexington West to play for UK. Would that not be the biggest thing this side of the moon?

  9. TrueBlueJohn

    Trinity is the top program in the state. We have to recruit them hard. I think in the past that the staff thought there was no use in spending that much time in Louisville, because we weren’t going to succeed there. I am glad to see the new staff is making it a priority.

    1. larryvaught

      Amen TrueBlueJohn. This staff won’t back down from anyone

      1. Larry Pup

        We should recruit all the Louisville schools, Trinity, Male, St. X, Central, PRP, Eastern, and statewide, Owensboro, Paducah, Lexington. Great athletes come out of all. UK coaches need to build strong relationships and repore with many high school coaches all over. Hit hard the deep south, FL, GA, SC, TN, and get our name in for some potential top 4 and 5 star recruits early in their hs careers. When a great prospect shows up on the national scene, we need to be on them just like Alabama is. Just like coach Cal does for top bb talent years in advance, and succeeds at it. UK has settled for far to many 2 and 3 star players in the past. We need some of these too. We need success in Ohio as well, Cincy, Dayton, Youngstown, etc. It takes time, energy, and UK administration’s financial support. It takes much face time with the players families. This young staff seems primed for results. I am pulling for them.

        1. Larry Pup

          UK needs to also start winning a few more football games. It makes recruiting much easier.

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