Vito Tisdale will be a Kentucky Wildcat

Kentucky football ended the decade in style, beating Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl last Tuesday. Just four days later, the Cats add another huge commitment to the 2020 recruiting class.

Vito Tisdale, a four-star Kentuckian himself from Bowling Green, is a 5-foot-11, 195 pound safety who attends Bowling Green High School.

Tisdale chose the Wildcats over Georgia, Alabama, and Texas A&M. He made his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American game on NBC.

This is a big addition to the already stacked 2020 class for the Wildcats. Kentucky’s class now has six four-stars and 16 three-stars.

Mark Stoops continues to do a fantastic job in recruiting, as well as recruiting the state of Kentucky. You can’t help but think that the Cats will have a date with the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC East next season.

Here are some highlights of Tisdale:

Joel Williams Commits to Kentucky

What a couple of days for Kentucky football.

Tuesday, Mark Stoops picked up RJ Adams and Jeremy Flax, two four-star lineman.

Yesterday was signing day. The Cats totaled 20 signees and finished off the best recruiting class since Stoops has been at Kentucky.

Today, they added another big piece to the puzzle.

Four-star cornerback Joel Williams just announced that he will be a Kentucky Wildcat.

Williams is a Baton Rouge native and was a Florida Gator commit at one time. Williams held offers from LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Auburn.

The fact Kentucky beat all of those schools for a recruit is still mind-boggling, but this definitely is not the first time in the Stoops era.

Kentucky Football Signing Day 2019

After two big commitments yesterday, the early signing period started today and Kentucky made it official with several big time recruits.

According to 247Sports, Kentucky’s recruiting class is ranked 23rd in the country, ahead of schools like Mississippi State, Wisconsin, and TCU.

Kentucky’s 2020 class has 20 total signees, four four-stars and 16 three-stars.

Some notable names in this class are Beau Allen, Justin Rogers, John Young, and Joey Gatewood.

This years recruiting class has the chance to be Stoops’ best one yet. Rather large, but eight years into the Stoops campaign and there is no sign of burnout.

Here’s a cool quote from Vince Marrow:

“This is the state school. Nothing against that school down the road, but this is the true state school.”

Here are a few takeaways from the day (good and bad):

Kentucky’s class is still ninth in the SEC

When you initially read this, it does suck. But, when you do your own research, it really isn’t all that bad.

There are six schools in the top ten and eight total SEC schools in the top 20. It’s not that Kentucky isn’t recruiting great talent, it’s just that the SEC is loaded. But, hey, what’s new there?

Josaih Haynes

Haynes is a top 15 defensive tackle and is ranked as the 160th player in America by Rivals.

Haynes was once a Ole Miss commitment and just met Lane Kiffin this past weekend, but the Cats stole him from the Rebels and Auburn, Mississippi State, and Memphis.

Massive get for Stoops.

Walker Wood has entered the transfer portal

With Kentucky loaded at the QB position with Terry Wilson, Sawyer Smith, Beau Allen, and Joey Gatewood, it’s hard to see Wood getting playing time.

Stoops mentioned a possible transfer in his press-conference today, saying “I think for sure at least one has talked to me about going in the portal at this time. So we’ll see where that heads with those guys.”

Wood saw some playing time in two games this season.

Big time in-state recruiting

Something that has been an issue at times in the Stoops era was not one this year.

Kentucky has four commits from top 10 players in Kentucky. And they could still add a fifth with Vito Tisdale.

The most recent one being Octavious Oxendine from North Hardin. Oxendine is ranked as the 24th best defensive tackle in America, according to Rivals, and chose Kentucky over Louisville, Tennessee, Purdue, and North Carolina.

Another huge commitment coming?

Joel Williams, a four-star cornerback from Baton Rouge, announced today via Twitter that he will be announcing his college decision tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Williams, who was at one-time a Florida commit, will be deciding between Kentucky, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn.

Hope I didn’t miss anything, and if I did I am sorry.

Reminder: The basketball Cats tip in almost four hours.

Three Big Kentucky Football Recruits Deciding Today

In exactly two weeks, Kentucky will take on Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. But today, it’s a big day in the recruiting world as three Kentucky targets are making their decision.

Four-star recruits RJ Adams, Jeremy Flax, and Joel Williams will all be making their college decisions today.

Before they decide, let’s take a quick look at each recruit.

R.J. Adams

Adams is a 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive lineman from Woodbridge, Virginia. He is ranked 12 at his position and sixth in the state of Virginia, according to Rivals.

The four-star recruit was committed to Penn State, then out of the blue announced that he was de-committing from the Nittany Lions in mid-September.

Adams was on campus for the UT Martin game and is considering the Cats along with Penn State, Miami (FL), LSU, NC State, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida State.

Jeremy Flax

Flax is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle from Detroit, Michigan. Flax currently attends Independence Community College, which was a featured school in the Netflix Series “Last Chance You.”

He is ranked 42nd nationally, fourth at his position, and ninth in Michigan, according to 247Sports.

Flax is deciding today between Kentucky, Texas Tech, and Auburn.

Joel Williams

Williams is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Williams currently attends Madison Prep Academy in Louisiana.

He is ranked 304th nationally, 13th at his positions, and 12th in Louisiana according to 247Sports.

The four-star recruit is deciding today between Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, and Alabama. Does it get any better than that?

It would be huge for Kentucky to get all three, but it doesn’t sound like that is likely to happen. Either way, it’s a huge day for Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops with the early signing period starting tomorrow.

Former Star Recruit, Joey Gatewood, Transferring to Kentucky

YAHTZEE!!!

Less than a week after Kentucky stomped Louisville to go 7-5 and finish bowl eligible for the fourth straight year, the Cats pick up a massive transfer.

Former Auburn QB, Joey Gatewood, announced this evening that he will be transferring to Kentucky.

Man he looks good in blue and white.

Gatewood, who was recruited as UK’s “missing piece”, was the No. 3 dual-threat QB and ranked 39th overall in the 2018 class.

Gatewood is the highest-rated QB to commit to Kentucky since Tim Couch and is one of the highest-rated players to ever commit to the program.

The 6-5, 230 pound, quarterback was initially compared to Cam Newton due to his size and even draws a resemblance to Newton’s herky-jerky jukes when he runs.

As for his passing game, Gatewood is a pre-snap, read quarterback, which results in a lot of quick two-step dropback tosses, usually on quick hitch routes or slant. However, Gatewood has the arm to exploit mismatches with the deep ball.

It’s no doubt that Gatewood has the talent but next season, I expect Stoops to save his eligibility go with Terry Wilson and Sawyer Smith as the main options at QB.

However, if there were an to be an injury or neither have fully recovered, Gatewood could file for an eligibility waiver which has been granted to many top QBs in recent years. Not to mention, Beau Allen is on his way.

Stoops continues to recruit the kind of players I never thought we would see wear the blue and white.

The future looks mighty bright!

Is Auburn Transfer, QB Joey Gatewood, the Missing Piece for UK Football?

This season, Kentucky has lost nearly every real and capable quarterback option they had coming into the season.

With Terry Wilson returning and four-star, Kentucky native, Beau Allen coming in, that’s going to change quickly next season.

That’s not even mentioning a BIG TIME potential transfer, QB Joey Gatewood.

Gatewood was a four-star and No. 49 overall recruit in the 2018 class, holding offers from virtually every major program in the country before committing to Auburn.

Could he be the missing piece to taking UK Football to the next level? Coach Stoops and Company seem to believe so, as Gatewood posted this on his Instagram story.

The 6-5, 230 pound, quarterback was initially compared to Cam Newton due to his size and even draws a resemblance to Newton’s herky-jerky jukes when he runs.

As for his passing game, Gatewood is a pre-snap, read quarterback, which results in a lot of quick two-step dropback tosses, usually on quick hitch routes or slant. However, Gatewood has the arm to exploit mismatches with the deep ball.

Gatewood took a visit to Lexington as they played Tennessee in early November, and despite the brutal loss, sources have said the visit went extremely well.

Gatewood would be a huge get for the program, and if the season has taught us anything, it’s never a bad thing to have too many quarterbacks.

BBN Wake Up! There is a New Cat Coming to Lexington, Kelvin Joseph

YAHTZEE! While most of the BBN was getting tucked into bed Monday night, reports were coming out fast about former LSU defensive back and transfer, Kelvin Joseph.

Around 9 pm ET on Monday night, it was reported that Joseph was in Lexington taking a visit, and not even two hours later, Joseph announced his commitment to the University to Kentucky.

Joseph’s commitment follows a “Jarren Williams” type journey, as he entered the transfer portal twice before committing to Kentucky over the likes of Florida, Auburn, Mississippi St., and others.

Joseph is undoubtedly one of the most talented gets in the Secondary to ever choose to play at Kentucky.

As a standout player back in high school, Joseph was as the 42nd overall recruit (24/7 Sports), and had his pick of where to attend college receiving offers from practically every college, including Alabama and Clemson.

In his lone season at LSU, Joseph played in nearly every regular game, however, that time was limited in a very loaded LSU secondary. In that limited time, Joseph amassed 12 tackles and one pass deflection for the season.

One thing to note is that during Joseph’s rocky tenure at LSU, the one game that Joesph did miss was the Fiesta Bowl, as he was suspended for a “violation of team rules”. Coach Mark Stoops and Company have shown the ability to develop players off the field and will look to do the same with Joseph.

Joseph will join an already loaded and historic 2020 recruiting class that could help Kentucky Football to take the BIG step.

P.S. It looks like Joseph is already doing his part on the recruiting trail and is recruiting former LSU teammate, defensive back, Mannie Netherly, who announced he entered the transfer portal on Monday night.

UK Football Commit Has Some Serious Bounce

Andru Phillips, a three-star cornerback in the 2020 class, committed to Kentucky on Monday over Tennessee, Louisville, and others. It looks like the Wildcats are getting one heck of an athlete according to this video.

Andru grew up in Kentucky before moving to South Carolina and comes from a football family. Andru’s father, Carlos Phillips, played linebacker at Kentucky in the late 1980s, and his brother, CJ Phillips, was a star lineman for Morehead State.

I’m not sure there are too many basketball players that could jump over cars, but Andru Phillips can and I hope to see his athleticism on the field next season!

UK Football gets Four-Star Commitment and UK Basketball Makes Final Four for Johnny Juzang

All of Big Blue Nation should be flexing and doing the John Wall dance right now.

Kentucky football won’t have a lot of roster turnover following the 2019 season, meaning there will be less scholarships for recruits and Coach Stoops and company will have to be very selective about who they go after.

That plan is going well as UK football picked up a commit from Kentucky native and four-star offensive lineman, John Young.

Young, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle, ranks as the No. 214 overall prospect and No. 24 offensive tackle in the nation according to Rivals and chose Kentucky over other finalists Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, and Louisville.

Thus far, Kentucky has only two commits for next season, but both are four-star recruits and rank as top five recruits in their respective states.

Young is a big get for the UK football program that could play a major role in bringing in more recruits for next season.

Not even 10 minutes later, Kentucky basketball received some big recruiting news regarding five-star Johnny Juzang who announced on Wednesday that he would be reclassifying to the 2019 class.

Before Kentucky’s involvement, Villanova was the heavy favorite to land Juzang and with them out of the picture, Kentucky seems to be the favorite by far.

Juzang is scheduled to visit Lexington on Monday and if we have learned anything from past commitments, don’t be surprised if Juzang commits to Kentucky during his visit.

Scouting Report: Just like Tyler Herro, Juzang is a natural born “bucket”. Juzang can score inside and out and everywhere in between using quick release jumpers, floaters, and scoop shots to score in the lane. Juzang also plays well off the ball and excels in catch and shoot situations. Juzang does lack athleticism and handling.

NBA Comparison: Dillon Brooks

2020 Four Star Football Recruit Praises Kentucky and Disses Alabama

Four-star wide receiver Kalil Branham has been a hot name in Lexington since decommitting from Michigan following his visit to Lexington for the Blue-White game.

Following the visit, there were several picks made for the Cats to land Brahman, and with his recent tweet from Tuesday those chances seem to be getting bigger.

I doubt Nick Saban appreciates Branham’s tweet, but it does support the “family” atmosphere around the UK football program that current and former players have talked about.

Branham, a 6-foot-1 wide receiver from Columbus, Ohio ranks as the No. 339 player overall and the 6th best player from Ohio in the 2020 class.

Football recruiting is as unpredictable as the weather, but signs are looking good for the Cats to land their first four-star wide receiver since Lynn Bowden.

In case you needed to know, Branham is also a track star and he is “fast, fast”.