Recruiting: Are Cats ready to ‘dabble a bit in Texas’?

New special teams/safeties coach Craig Naivar may give Kentucky another possible recruiter for the talent-rich state of Texas, noting that he’s recruited Houston for more than 15 years.

Naivar said his current recruiting areas are Atlanta and North and South Carolina. “I know I’ll be in the state of Texas,” he said after spring practice. “If I can help out there and wherever I need to go I’ll do a good job.”

Stoops hinted that UK may make more of a recruiting push in Texas.

“I think I need to look at that, with Texas A&M being in our league now and expanding a little bit the SEC brand through Texas with strong ties there,” the head coach said. “We’ve got a heck of a player in TV (Williams) out of there a year ago, so I think we’ll continue to dabble a little bit in Texas.”

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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