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UK commit Mikel Horton expecting more Kentucky commits soon

By LARRY VAUGHT

He doesn’t want to reveal the names yet, but Ohio running back Mikel Horton says Kentucky will soon have a lot more than the three verbal commitments that have been made in the 2014 recruiting class.

Four-star receiver Thaddeus Young and three-star linebacker Dorian Hendrix, Ohio prep standouts like Horton, have also verbally committed to UK. Ohio tight end Darryl Long is expected to make it four commits on Saturday. In addition, former Nebraska running back Braylon Heard, the nation’s No. 57 player in the 2010 class, will transfer to UK and be part of the 2014 class after redshirting this season. He was the nation’s No. 57 player in the 2010 class.

“I can’t say names, but I know a lot of players have called over the phone and committed,” said Horton. “I know all these kids committing and the type of skills they have and can display in the SEC. They are guys I know personally and all are very skilled. We all believe change is coming to Kentucky.

“I talk a lot to guys like (Conner quarterback) Drew Barker. We’re all trying to persuade each other to play at the same college. I feel like that’s what Kentucky‘s trying to do, and I really respect that. A lot of good players in Ohio get overlooked by bigger schools, and Kentucky‘s going to get those players, and that’s what’s going to make them great.”

Horton believes UK can get Barker, who has narrowed his list to South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. He was at the Blue-White Game at the same time Horton, Snodgrass and others were there.

“We can get him. UK is going to be able to get a lot of quarterbacks with that offense, but it would be nice to get Drew. He’s a close friend of mine. He’s very hard working in the classroom and on the field. He’s a smart kid on the field,” Horton said. “He’s not the best thrower yet, but he has stuff to work on like we all do. He’s an all-around athlete that will adapt well to SEC football. He can make it to the league (NFL) and I think we can and will get him.”

Horton says Snodgrass is “one of the quickest receivers” in Ohio. “He loves competition, too. He doesn’t care about records or things. He can dominate the majority of cornerbacks, though,” Horton said.

He knows plenty about Long, too. “He is physical, very big, very tall and muscular,” Horton said. “He’s very competitive, too. He can catch, run and block.”

He says not to forget Columbus linebacker Chris Frey.

“He’s very physical. UK has not offered him yet officially but will soon and as soon as he gets it, he will commit,” Horton said. “He’s shown what he can do. He’s one of the fastest linebackers I have seen. His body looks amazing.”

Horton also says Hendrix is destined to be a star at UK even if he did show him up at bit at last Saturday’s combine when he caught a pass on him in a one-on-one drill and scored.

“I talk trash in camps to show that I love competition to get everybody fired up and going 100 percent,” Horton said. “I talked trash to Dorian. He called me out and I shook him pretty bad and showed my speed and pulled away. But Dorian is a fantastic player. He may not be the strongest and fastest player, but he outsmarts you. Any weakness you have, he finds and uses against you.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    Love it. Year 2014 is looking good for UK football already. Keep talking it up Mikel, we need em. I think UK football recruiting is good and it is going to get a whole lot better real soon.

  2. eddie

    i do not want to be a debbie downer but i dread the day when a big univeristy wants mark stoops i pray and hope if that is the case kentucky will go after a big name coach and see’s what stoops had built on a winning foundation and wants to continue what he started and if stoops could look ahead in the future wich is silly and see’s that oh man they hired a coach and set the team back let’s say ten years or even five i think he would be like well if this is the case i am going to stay and help kentucky be the absolute best they can be as i’ve always have been since i’ve been here.

  3. AndrewB

    @eddie:
    I think there is a certain offensive coordinator that wouldn’t mind Stoops moving on. I believe this coaching staff has “real” potential for a continuation of a good product on the field. I hope Stoops stays the course to see UK be a contender in the SEC. If not, the coaches that he has brought in seem to have Head Coach Material written all over them. Enjoy the ride.

  4. Larry Pup

    eddie..If Coach Stoops turns this program around UK will pay to keep him would be my guess. I look at the loyalty Coach Strong has shown to Louisville. I think Coach Stoops is a straight shooter too. I believe he would stay. However, I really think we should wait and see what happens on the field before we worry over such as that. I’ll say this, it would be a good problem to have, because UK football would be rolling.

  5. Ira

    Eddie,

    If Coach Stoops gets things going like he perceives it to happen, Stoops will be a dynasty in the making at UK. his brother hasn’t left Oklahoma yet, no reason for this one to leave if and when our Stoops gets things going here either.

    But on to recruits, I’d say Long could be our next commitment. The only thing with him, an interview with him, he has said he would probably keep his recruiting open even after giving a verbal.

  6. Love SEC F-Ball

    Good point, Ira – If you build a dynasty, why leave it?

  7. Larry Pup

    My question right now is, what’s happened to UK baseball? They have fallen out of the top ten like a rock. The loss to Western was a big let down.

    1. larryvaught

      Larry Pup, good question on baseball. Has just hit rock bottom recently compared to expectations

  8. Larry Pup

    Big win against Ole Miss tonight. Good pitching by Reid through 7 innings. UK rallied to win it 3 to 2. They needed that win for sure.

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