Originally Posted by jojo
Also, claiming Stoops has recruited 11 four star players is a little optimistic. One has to compile several lists to come up with that many.
For instance, the 247 sports composite rankings give Kentucky credit for 6 4-star commits and I think that's a fair grading system that generally gives a good summation especially when you look at the lists in this thread where only 6 of the wildcat recruits get a 4star rating from more than one source on the list with really only Barker, Snodgrass, Ware and West getting a consensus nod when surveying the 4 sites chosen.
This isn't to argue that Stoops hasn't stepped it up-I think he has. Im just pointing out how hard of a road he has to hoe from a talent/recruiting standpoint. Right now Auburn and Kentucky have very similar overall points totals in the 247 composite team rankings but Auburn has 12-13 spots remaining (I think they can sign 27 in this class) and already have 1 5-star and 6 4-star commits. Then looking at the players they are currently in on (i.e. guys that will take official visits to Auburn), the potential gap between the wildcats and other SEC schools becomes more apparent.
Sick of hearing about Auburn (sorry), just compare the wildcats to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Vandy and Tennessee in the current 247sports composite team rankings.
Stoops is going to have to seriously coach up some players along with recruiting @ lexington like it's never been done before.
I never claimed Stoops had 11 4 star recruits. Of course, each recruiting website is different and I have found 24/7 to be the most reliable.
I think it's going to be difficult if not impossible to keep all of the recruits intact. One thing I've noticed different with Stoops compared to other coaches is scheduling visits in the offseason. While it is true that you can get to know the players better in the offseason while not having to worry about a game, it gives other coaches an opportunity to bring in your recruits, have them attend a game, let them see the atmosphere of their university, and compare it to Kentucky who just lost to a school in the Sun Belt conference and likely will not win a game in the SEC.
I think Barker is the safest of the 2014 recruits being a Kentucky native, but other players may open it back up if they take visits during the season and attend games.