Kentucky Football Recruiting: Wildcats Land Top 20 Recruiting Class

Mark Stoops Brings Top-20 Class to Kentucky

2/6/14 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Nov 2, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops during the game against the Alabama State Hornets at Commonwealth Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY SportsThe Kentucky Wildcats went 2-10 during the 2013 college football season.

Those two wins came against a Miami (OH) team that didn't win a game the entire season, and an FCS foe in Alabama State.

But, you wouldn't know that judging by Kentucky's massive success on National Signing Day.

Despite being the cellar dweller of the SEC for the second straight season, Mark Stoops was able to score a program-changing recruiting class, giving Wildcat fans some type of hope for the future for the first time in several years.

Stoops and his staff completed the signing of 21 recruits on Wednesday to add to the seven early enrollees that are already on campus in Lexington.

The most important part about this recruiting class is that Stoops has addressed major needs areas on both sides of the ball.

Four-star in-state quarterback Drew Barker is expected to be the quarterback of the future, as he tries to help an offense that was absolutely dreadful this past season. The Wildcats also added a four-star running back in Stanley Williams and a four-star wide receiver in Thaddeus Snodgrass. All of these players will give a much-needed boost to a team that finished 109th in total offense.

On the defensive side, Stoops added major depth to the line by picking up four-star defensive end Denzel Ware, as well as yet another four-star in defensive tackle Matt Elam. In the secondary, this also signed a potential big-time playmaker in cornerback Darius West.

While this one recruiting class won't have Kentucky competing for an SEC crown next season, it does show that Stoops has this program heading in the right direction.

It's not every day that you see a two-win team gather a top-20 recruiting class the following season. That speaks volumes about the work that's being done by Stoops and company to completely change the landscape of this program.

As we always say, there are no guarantees in recruiting.

But, on paper, the Wildcats have a class that could be remembered as the one that helped this team once again find success in the SEC.

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