Originally Posted by WVRed
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.
Speaking plainly here, UK isn't going to win a game-weekend-atmosphere competition against most of their conference rivals anyway. Not now. Their best chance was to get players in for a visit and get commitments while the it's-a-new-day-at-UK factor was at its peak, get that momentum going, and then try to keep them from taking those other visits in the first place. The strategy won't work for all of them, probably, but I can't fault the idea.
Agreed, too, with the article jojo linked. Stoops just put a bunch of FSU guys into the NFL and he worked with some of those great Miami teams around the turn of the decade. He knows what talent looks like and I'm sure he understands better than anyone just how far away UK is at the moment.