I have posted several preseason rankings from various media outlets over the past few weeks for varying football related subjects. Frankly, none of them have been very pleasing for me or any other UK football fans. They either have us ranked as a team in the 50’s nationally or they have Randall Cobb as the 64th best player in the South or they have Joker Phillips as the dumbest coach in the world. But, I have found good news Kentuckians! The Bleacher Report has shed positive light upon the UK football program! Joker’s 2011 recruiting class has been mentioned in the BR’s 10 Surprise Recruiting Classes in the Top 25 Rankings for 2011. There has been a bit of a buzz in football fan circles about the class Joker is building and it has now been noticed nationally by a few different outlets, including, The Bleacher Report.
Here is what they say about the “cats to be”…
“Even with a new hotshot coach at their direct rival, and sitting in the most difficult recruiting conference in the country while it operates at peak strength, the Kentucky Wildcats have put together a top-25 effort out of local products and players abroad. The Wildcats best signees joined early. TE Jon Davis is an absurdly talented athlete unlike anything I’ve seen from Kentucky’s offense. He joins four-star defensive back Glen Faulkner and athletic tackle Darrian Miller—who chose UK over offers from Alabama and Tennessee—as Kentucky’s top signees. WR Darien Thomas and DT Clint Tucker are two more great gets, though they fall under the project heading.
In all, Joker Phillips has pulled in 14 commitments so far. If the SEC is to ever have parity again, it will be because of coaches like Phillips who are capable of recruiting against all odds. “