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UK football recruiting class ranked No. 1 after most recent verbal commitment


UK tops Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama in the Rivals ranking as of June 18. (Image from Rivals.com)

UK tops Texas, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Alabama in the Rivals ranking as of June 18. (Image from Rivals.com)

 

Staff report

 

A commitment from two-star offensive lineman Derrick Kelly has vaulted the UK football 2014 recruiting class to No. 1 in Rivals.com’s national ranking.

 

The ranking, which rewards teams points based on individual commitment’s rating and placement on the top 250 list, has UK checking in with 1,721 points, just ahead of Texas, which has 1,688 points. The 18-member class has an average star rating of 3.22 in the Rivals database.

 

Kelly is a 6-foot-5, 268 pound offensive tackle from Havana, Fla. UK is his only scholarship offer according to Rivals.

 

Kelly is actually the lowest rated recruit in the class, which includes five four-star players. The class is headlined by Conner quarterback Drew Barker, running backs Mikel Horton and Stanley Williams, wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass and defensive back Darius West.

 

While UK is unlikely to hold on to the No. 1 spot until February’s national signing day, when commitments become official, the ranking shows the drastic improvement in recruiting under new football coach Mark Stoops. UK notched its highest finish in the final Rivals’ rankings in 2013 at No. 29 and has never signed more than three four-star prospects in a class since Rivals started rating recruits.

 

Verbal commitments are not binding, and UK cannot comment on prospects until they sign a national letter of intent in February or enroll in classes.

 

You can see the full Rivals’ national ranking here.

 

 


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