Over at ESPN, bloggers Andrea Adelson and Edward Aschoff debate whether Mark Stoops and Kentucky are posing a threat to Charlie Strong and Louisville.
Aschoff: I’m not ready to crown Stoops as the next great recruiter, but if I’m at Louisville, I’m a little worried about what Stoops could do in and around the state of Kentucky. Sure, Strong got the state’s top player, but he was supposed to. What Stoops did was bring in three of the state’s top 10 players. Louisville grabbed two. It’s not like Stoops blew Strong away in recruiting, but for such a short turnaround, what Stoops did was very impressive. He got wide receiver Ryan Timmons, an ESPN 300 member, to sign with Kentucky over Florida and Ohio State. AND he got ESPN 150 defensive end Jason Hatcher to flip from USC to Kentucky. . . .
Adelson: Well, I think you bring up an excellent point, Edward — both head coaches are defensive-minded coaches. That is a huge departure from the former head man at Kentucky, Joker Phillips, whose experience is on the offensive side of the ball. So, yes, I do agree that it is going to be interesting to see how they both try to wrangle defensive players into their respective programs and how they each recruit Florida. Louisville signed nine from the state last week — in addition to the 32 already on the roster. But Louisville has major advantages right now. Its football facilities are better; its football stadium is better; its BCS history is better. . . .