Three-star athlete - Russ Yeast - has told Josh Edwards of 247 Sports that he has come close to committing. He says even though he has come close to committing to Kentucky he also realizes that it wasn't the time. That could be because he has a team called Notre Dame knocking on his door. You can understand why he might not feel ready to give himself up to a team at this point but the interesting part of it all he is considering Kentucky with the likes of Notre Dame.
Some other teams seeking for the talents of Russ Yeast are Louisville, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Michigan State. Scroll downward for a quote from Yeast about Kentucky.
"Every visit I take to Kentucky is an opportunity for me to see if that's a place for me to see if I would like to play. I have been there a few times and I have came very close to committing but I realized that it is not time for that so I am going to back off of that."
~ Scott Roach ~
Five foot nine inch running back - Kurt Taylor - is loving him some Kentucky right now. Taylor is rated as a three-star running back of the 2017 class and hails from Georgia. While already hanging onto scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Colorado State, and UNLV the Kentucky Wildcats recently decided to get in on the sweepstakes for Taylor.
"I went to coach [Mark] Stoops' office and he was just talking to us and then he just offered. He said 'I'm going to offer you a scholarship' and it was just a blessing. I was just like wow. It's a blessing for me to get an offer from Kentucky," he told CatsPause.
Running backs coach Chad Scott will be the one to credit if Kentucky happens to pull Taylor to play for the Cats and according to the following statement Scott and Taylor's relationship looks to be pretty strong.
"It is a great school to go to. I have a great relationship with [running backs] coach [Chad] Scott. He said if I go there, I could compete for my spot and start. I have a great relationship with him. I've seen a lot of good things out there with their practices. They showed me around the campus and it's just great."
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~ Scott Roach ~
During the SEC coaches conference many things were brought up, but one question surprised most...How do you feel about the Confederate flag? I know right, one would assume questions about your team, players, etc. but the Confederate flag? Many consider the flag a symbol of hate and oppression, others think it symbolizes history. Well both are right, but it symbolizes a part of history we need to forget in this country. Put the flag in a museum, just take it down. According to ESPN Calipari had this to say...
"Obviously, it offends a portion of our society, so people are deciding to take them down. That's how I feel. It may offend, so I'd say do it."
Coach Martin of South Carolina expressed the same voice. These two SEC coaches got it right on their decision with the Confederate flag. One thing this country needs less of is hate and racism. We are not responsible for our forefathers decisions, but we are responsible for our future decisions. Peace on Earth, love thy neighbor, and Go Big Blue!
During this summer's SEC teleconference "swaggy" Cal was back in rare form. According to 247 Sports Cal had this opening statement...
Well, I'm excited about our team. I think our backcourt should be one of the stronger backcourts in the country, even though we will be very young, and our frontcourt, athletic and long -- 7-foot, 6-10, 6-8, 6-9. I mean, our wing play with Charles (Matthews) and Mychal (Mulder), Alex (Poythress) getting back healthy, Marcus Lee
Some of the topics touched on was Alex Poythress' progress, the addition of Jamal Murray, and Calipari's recruiting success. Alex is a few months away with his rehab, but the doctors were amazed with his physical strength. Alex is on schedule to be ready for the season and that is great news! The addition of Jamal Murray is one of great importance. Murray allows the Cats flexibility at the guard position. He can play multiple spots and allow Cal to possibly play 3 guards, but most importantly Murray is a scorer. The recruiting looks easy to us fans, but according to Calipari it's been anything but easy. Most think everyone would want to come play for the Cats...this off-season proved otherwise. Coach Cal wants to find the right guys who want to do this and sacrifice for the team, and buy in to the hard work that it takes on this level. I think he may have found a few in Briscoe, Skal, Mulder, and Murray to go with the remaining leadership. When it's all said and done it could get crazy again...so here's to making another Final Four run, Go Cats!!!
Hey we have a secret that most already know about. He's fast as all get out and will only be a sophomore next season, along with that his nickname says it all - BOOM! That's right Stanley "BOOM" Williams might be the best known secret in the SEC. I didn't say that but Jon Cooper of the SDS website sure did and I will give an AMEN to all of that.
Cooper covers all of SEC football so his opinion is pretty creditable. We all seen how BOOM performed last season and it is safe to say the BBN was impressed and excited about the future of Williams. So why did he make the best kept secret story on the SDS site. Well here ya go ...
He plays on a ‘smaller market’ team in Lexington. That’s certainly a contributing factor. Also, Kentucky could have given him 125-plus touches as a true freshman; the Cats only gave him a total of 91 touches, including his 17 receptions.
Cooper breaks down plenty of Williams game in his story but I won't give them all away. However here is one of the breakdowns that I enjoyed.
Although he’s probably average size for college running backs, Williams can deliver a nice blow against would-be tacklers. His 5-9, 195-pound frame is perfect for delivering contact. What helps make Williams great is his ability to put his body and frame into a particular position to absorb hits. Emmitt Smith was incredible at doing this, and it allowed Smith to have a long, successful career. Often, Williams shed tacklers and showed his power and lower body strength throughout the season.
Bring on the BOOM!
~ Scott Roach ~
Former Cat Brandon Knight is rumored to ink a 5 year deal worth $70 million with the Phoenix Suns. Congrats to Brandon for his hard work to get to where he is today. Some of the other notable Cat contracts are John Wall's 5 year $85 million deal, DeMarcus Cousins 5 yr deal worth $65 million, and Eric Bledsoe's 5 year $70 million. Anthony Davis' 4 yr. rookie deal is around $23 million, but that man is getting ready to get PAID somewhere to the tune of around $140 million! Davis is an absolute NBA superstar. To put things in perspective, Calipari is developing millionaires! For more on the former Cats contracts, check out John Clay's article...
Kentucky is recruiting Paul Scruggs out of Grassroots Indiana pretty hard - according to the Big Stage Hoops website. Scruggs is a four-star point guard on the Rivals ratings and his coached named Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan State as the schools recruiting him the hardest.
If coach Cal is wanting Scruggs he better get to it. Apparently Tom Crean has made quite a start on Scruggs.
Tom Crean and Indiana have set the bar with their recruitment of Scruggs, as they were the first program to offer him a scholarship.
“There’s never a week that goes by when I don’t hear from Coach Buckley and Coach Crean. They’ve been there since Day One,” Peterson said. “Since Paul was in sixth grade, they’ve shown a lot of interest and in eighth grade they offered him. Indiana has done the best job of contact in recruiting, but here recently, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan State have been very close to them and everyone is picking it up.”
Never count John Calipari out of the race when it comes to recruiting. Although Cal hasn't offered Scruggs yet I feel like he can be right there in the race if he wants Scruggs. Now I will say, it could be a tough job getting the Indiana native out of his home state. Mike Peterson is his coach at the current time and he had this to say about Kentucky's recruiting of Scruggs.
“Coach Calipari hasn’t seen Paul actually play, but the assistants have been out. Per an assistant, once Calipari comes out in July, they’re going to make an official offer,” he said. “The visit to Kentucky was good—just to see everything that you see on TV and how they operate. The facilities were A-1. They take good care of their players there.”
I'm not sure where Scruggs falls on Cal's priority list but it looks like pretty high, and if not I just hope we get Scruggs so we beat Indiana at something again.
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~ Scott Roach ~