UK Recruiting

Cats have Rivals' No. 1 recruiting class — in football — after latest commitment

UK quarterback Jalen Whitlow scrambles for yardage in the first half. The University of Kentucky hosted its Blue/White Spring Scrimmage  Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Commonwealth Stadium. Photo by Jonathan Palmer
UK quarterback Jalen Whitlow scrambles for yardage in the first half. The University of Kentucky hosted its Blue/White Spring Scrimmage Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Commonwealth Stadium. Photo by Jonathan Palmer Jonathan Palmer

Kentucky has the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in America.

In football.

Offensive lineman Derrick Kelly committed to UK on Tuesday night, and his addition to the Cats' recruiting Class of 2014 as a two-star prospect was enough to push them past Texas for the top spot in the Rivals.com team rankings.

It's likely that Kentucky will drop from the No. 1 spot as the nation's traditional powers reel in more four- and five-star recruits, but Mark Stoops and his coaching staff are clearly making a statement in their first few months in Lexington.

"Crazy big news for Kentucky no matter how long it lasts," Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell posted on Twitter.

Kelly — a 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman from Havana, Fla. — was one of more than 300 recruits who visited UK for the Saturday Night Prime Time Camp earlier this month at Commonwealth Stadium.

He is the 19th player in the class of 2014 to commit to UK.

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