Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Kentucky Wildcats recruiting class.
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Kentucky is used to not coming up with amazing recruiting classes – at least in football. It’s able to get rock-solid classes, and Mark Stoops proved he can win with whatever he has, but this is another recruiting season like the last few – it’s a fringe top 25 class.
It’ll get ignored compared to the whopper SEC classes, but it’s not bad at all. It’s good enough to keep on winning with, and at the very least, keep on doing what Stoops has created.
By the way, in case you were wondering. Josh Allen – a sure-thing top ten overall pick in the upcoming draft – was a no-big-whoop, three-star caliber recruit in the 2015 class. Benny Snell was wanted by no one else in the SEC, picking Kentucky in 2016 over Boston College and a slew of MAC programs.
In other words, Kentucky has to dream that two other all-time talents can emerge by playing the disrespect card.
The Cats are going way heavy on defensive backs. The secondary wasn’t ignored last year, but it was a massive deal this time around. They landed a fantastic corner prospect in Marlin Devonshire, the rangy Moses Douglass, and six defensive backs in all. Including …
Taj Dodson, who’s built to be a killer wide receiver, but will get the first look in the secondary. If Devonshire isn’t the best prospect in the class, it’s Dodson. or DE JJ Weaver. No one is going to be another Allen, but Weaver and LB Jared Casey will give it a shot.
Nik Scalzo is a smallish quarterback, and he might play a very, very important role if Gunnar Hoak decided to take off. He might be leave to play right away somewhere else as a grad transfer, meaning Scalzo – or Amani Gilmore – could be thrown to the wolves if something happens to starter Terry Wilson.
There’s a hole at running back without Snell around, but Stoops only signed one back. Travis Tisdale is a smallish do-it-all type; not a workhorse.
Just how magical was last season? Just how much did Snell and Allen mean to the program? We’re about to find out with this class in 2021.