Stoops: We feel good about 2014 commitments

Mark Stoops knows a 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky last week did nothing but add accelerant to potential for negative recruiting against Kentucky.

But on his weekly Southeastern Conference teleconference, the UK coach said he doesn’t worry about that. He feels like his coaches’ relationships with recruits will trump the negative voices.

“The only thing we do is build strong relationships with the players we have committed and continue to recruit other players that we are recruiting,” he said. “We’ll continue to battle all the way till signing day on quite a few prospects. … We feel very good about the commitments and the relationship we have with these commitments.”

What does Stoops say to those recruits, a part of the 2014 class currently rated No. 7 nationally by

“The big message is that these players understand we have a lot of, you know, room for improvement, and they understand that we need them on campus,” Stoops said. “These guys have been around our complex, and they like them. We’ve got good kids here, and so we’ve just got to get better. We need more talent, and we’ve got to continue to work. But these recruits are not afraid of that. I think they’re excited to get on campus and make a difference.”


About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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2 Responses to Stoops: We feel good about 2014 commitments

  1. John Crosby says:

    Glad to read your releases. I am retired UK professor living in Bloomington, Indiana and I depend on hearing from sources like you.

    Keep up the good work. Go Blue.

    John F. Crosby

  2. Dempsey Barnett says:

    I am a native born Kentuckin but have been living in Georgia since 1956 but always kentucky blue, I remember the great days of the Babe, and also the Bear who used to coach the Cats at UK, and don’t forget Wawa,
    I wanted the Cats to choose Bobby Patrino to the coaching job of course that didn’t happen, but Mark Stoops will be just fine I like his moves and assessments he makes and any way an opening loss does not a season make……….YEAH……….GO..BLUE.