Quarterback Drew Barker, left, and nose guard Matt Elam were prized in-state recruits in Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class that was ranked No. 17 in the country by Rivals.com. Both are leaving UK now after star-crossed careers.
Quarterback Drew Barker, left, and nose guard Matt Elam were prized in-state recruits in Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class that was ranked No. 17 in the country by Rivals.com. Both are leaving UK now after star-crossed careers. Lexington Herald-Leader file photo
Quarterback Drew Barker, left, and nose guard Matt Elam were prized in-state recruits in Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class that was ranked No. 17 in the country by Rivals.com. Both are leaving UK now after star-crossed careers. Lexington Herald-Leader file photo

The lesson we should draw from Mark Stoops’ star-crossed 2014 recruiting class

January 04, 2018 07:33 PM

About Mark Story

Mark Story

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I am a native Kentuckian, a graduate of North Hardin High School (Radcliff) and the University of Kentucky. I came to the Herald-Leader in the glamorous position of agate clerk on Aug. 27, 1990. Since that time, I’ve worked as small-college beat reporter, sports enterprise/investigative reporter and, since August, 2001, as a full-time sports columnist.