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Report: Mark Stoops Hiring Rising Texas A&M Recruiting Staffer

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Mark Stoops has built the Kentucky football program to heights that many had thought were unattainable. Two key reasons for that are recruiting better players and hiring an excellent staff.

According to Football Scoop’s John Brice, Stoops is looking to improve in those areas even more by hiring Danielle Braswell as executive director of recruiting and will start immediately.

Braswell, originally an Auburn graduate, has risen through the ranks after holding positions on the recruiting staff at Auburn, Arkansas, and Texas A&M.

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At Auburn, Braswell was a recruiting operations assistant for three seasons before becoming an athletic recruiter’s advisor for the 2015 season. She then moved on to Arkansas in 2018, where she took over as assistant director of on-campus recruiting, using that to springboard herself last season to Texas A&M where she held the same position.

Texas A&M just signed the no. 1 recruiting class in the country and one that is being touted as one of the best recruiting classes ever. With 30 commits, the Aggies are bringing in eight five-star recruits, nineteen four-star recruits, and a handful of three-star recruits, culminating in an average of 4.17.

With the hire of Braswell, I am sure that Stoops is hoping she can bring some of that success with her as executive director of recruiting.

According to 24/7 Sports, Kentucky currently has the 20th ranked class in the 2023 class.

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Vince Marrow Responds to Recruit That Faked Out Kentucky for West Virginia

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Earlier on Tuesday, Ohio cornerback and Kentucky target, Cameron Calhoun, turned heel as he released his commitment video. The video featured a Kentucky logo animation before a glitch animation changed to a West Virginia logo.

Well, the Big Dog seemed to respond directly to the Calhoun situation with this tweet, telling people “don’t believe the hype” and that “not every offer is committable”.

It appears that Coach Marrow is confident in Kentucky’s position when it comes to recruiting, especially if he feels there is no longer a need to take recruits early.

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While I wish the best for Calhoun and his future, I am glad to see the Big Dog fired up about this situation and the confidence he shows in this program.

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Three-Star Cornerback Fakes Out Kentucky for West Virginia in Commitment Video

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Via Cameron Calhoun's Twitter (@officially_cam)

Cameron Calhoun, a three-star cornerback in the class of 2023 announced his college commitment today, deciding between West Virginia and Kentucky.

Calhoun comes from a Winton Woods high school, a high school that Kentucky is known to recruit from, notably former Cats Mike Edwards and Chris Oats. The 6-foot-2 cornerback also fits the criteria to play for Stoops and Kentucky, using his length to deflect and intercept passes.

With Vince Marrow leading the recruiting efforts and two visits in a three-day span last week, the Cats seemed to be in an excellent position to get a commitment from Calhoun, but it looks like he had other things in mind.

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I will admit it, he got me with the video, as Calhoun ultimately spurred the Wildcats to be a Mountaineer.

At West Virginia, Calhoun will join head coach Neal Brown, a former player and offensive coordinator at Kentucky.

College football recruiting is a weird game, and until signing day no commitment is a lock. With that said, Calhoun seemed to be a good fit, and it would have been nice to see him in the blue and white.

In the class of 2023, Kentucky is in on several cornerbacks including Calhoun’s teammate and fellow cornerback, three-star Jermaine Mathews. However, it’s too early to see where most of their targets are leaning.

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Whether it be in recruiting or the transfer portal, cornerback is a position in need of improvement and depth.

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Despite Coach Jon Sumrall’s Departure, Kentucky Football Will Keep World-Class Sprinter

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@Jordananthony_6 via Twitter

On Thursday night, it was announced that Kentucky football’s co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, Jon Sumrall, would be taking the head coaching position at Troy University.

Prior to his departure, Sumrall helped develop Jamin Davis into a first-round NFL draft pick and was one of the best recruiters on the Kentucky staff. In his three seasons at Kentucky, Sumrall was able to bring in eight recruits, three of which being four-star recruits.

Most recently, Sumrall was the lead recruiter for Anthony Jordan, a three-star athlete and one of the world’s fastest high school sprinters.

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In a past interview with Larry Vaught, Anthony mentioned the recent passing of his father and called Sumrall a “father figure”. With that being said, it would be understandable if he wanted to follow Sumrall to Troy or reopen his recruitment.

I reached out to Anthony himself to see where his head was, and he is not wavering from his commitment to Kentucky, saying, “I respect the decision coach Sumrall made, but also I’m still with BBN. Just a hard thing to process, but yeah tune in.”

While we wish Jon Sumrall our best wishes in his new journey at Troy, it is important that the Cats are able to keep Anthony to add as a wide receiver, a position that has been in much need for nearly the entire Stoops tenure.

If you haven’t seen or heard of Anthony yet, know that Kentucky is getting a very talented athlete.

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Anthony’s speed is no exaggeration. As a junior at the Nike Outdoor Nationals, he placed first in the 100m dash with a time of 10.21 seconds and runner-up in the 200m dash with a time of 20.57. According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Anthony’s 100m time of 10.21 ranks 2nd, and 200m time of 20.57 ranks 4th, in the world in the under 18 category.

As a fringe four-star and top-500 recruit, Anthony’s abilities are just impressive on the football field, and with his speed, he has the potential to be a big playmaker.

Prior to choosing Kentucky, Anthony’s impressive abilities earned him scholarship offers from elite track and field programs such as LSU, Alabama, and Florida State. These were in addition to his football offers from programs such as Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.

Liam Coen’s offensive system puts an emphasis on speed, and Anthony has the perfect skillset to succeed. Not to mention, Anthony plans to continue his track and field career at Kentucky.

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Check out Anthony’s senior highlight reel below!

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