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Stoops not stressed about recent Kentucky decommitments

Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Kentucky Coach Mark Stoops speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) AP

It’s been hard to miss the rash of players once committed to Kentucky opting out, including high profile names like quarterback Mac Jones, who flipped from the Cats to Alabama in June.

Others like highly touted Ohio teammates James Hudson and Michael Warren as well as Russ Yeast, the son of former UK wide receiver Craig Yeast, have reopened their recruitments this offseason as well.

But Mark Stoops said UK isn’t panicking about it and has continued to recruit them.

We still love any guys that decommitted or whatever,” Stoops said. “Listen, I want our fans to embrace them. They’re good people. These are hard decisions for these kids. They get pulled a million different directions. We try to have an approach where you don’t put a lot of pressure on guys, but let’s face it there’s pressure. There’s pressure on these recruits.

“It’s our job to make it very difficult for them to say no to Kentucky. I don’t think anybody made these decisions very lightly. They still have great respect and feeling for Kentucky. We still love – anybody that we’re recruiting we believe in whether that’s a decommit or anybody else out there that we’re recruiting.”

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