Big Blue Links for Friday:
Talk about your recruiting roll, Mark Stoops has been rolling, rolling, rolling this week. There was the Big 2017 Yahtzee Day when three prospects committed to play football at Kentucky. That was followed by 2016 defensive tackle Kobe Smith jumping on board. Then Thursday, 2018 wide receiver Jeramine Eskridge gave his pledge.
Eskeridge isn’t just any receiver. He’s the No. 2 ranked receiver among the nation’s sophomores and 247Sports ranks Eskridge as the 26th best prospect overall in the class. He’s 6-foot-3 out of Tampa, Fla. He won’t be able to sign with Kentucky until 2018.
SEC links for Friday:
Alabama No. 3, Auburn No. 7 in first USA Today coaches poll. Georgia is No. 9. LSU is No. 13. Ole Miss is No. 15. Arkansas is No. 20. Missouri is No. 23. Tennessee is No. 25. That’s eight SEC teams in the pre-season Top 25.
At No. 13, LSU is getting some respect, writes Scott Rabalais of The Advocate. “First impression of the USA Today coaches’ poll released Thursday, which starts LSU squarely at the tipping point at No. 13: The Tigers draw more respect nationally than they do at home. At home there are concerns aplenty in the wake of an 8-5 season, which ended with a frustrating loss to Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl and left LSU unranked in the final polls for the first time since going 8-5 in 2008. The Tigers have a huge question mark at quarterback in terms of productivity, even if as expected the current criminal charges against Anthony Jennings are dropped and he returns to the team in time for the Sept. 5 opener against McNeese State.”
Our friend Reese Kemp tweets that he will throw out the first pitch on Thursday night for Big Blue Night at Great American Ball Park. I wrote on Reese back in 2013.
Texas A&M is the second of our SEC previews for 2015.
Big Blue Links:
Kentucky football recruiting made a strong 2017 splash on Tuesday, going “Triple Yahtzee” while reeling in a pair of four-star prospects from the Toledo area. Michael Warren, a four-star running back from Toledo Central Central, committed to the Cats. James Hudson, a four-star 270-pound lineman, and Warren teammate, also committed to UK. This came after Russ Yeast, son of former UK star wide receiver Craig Yeast, also committed to Kentucky.
In more football news, UK 2016 commit Kash Daniel says he plans to enroll early. The Paintsville linebacker is considered to be one of the leaders of next year’s class. And through Mark Stoops first two seasons as Kentucky coach, several of his commits have been early enrollees — including Drew Barker in 2014 and C.J. Conrad in 2015, among several others.
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For the Reds, the Johnny Cueto deal is a good deal.
No Reds fan wanted to see Johnny Cueto traded. The right-hander is the best starting pitcher the organization has developed in generations. Whenever Cueto took the mound, you knew Cincinnati had a better than average shot of winning. And yet the economic reality of the situation dictated that the free agent-to-be had to go and had to go now, when the franchise could get something in return rather than at the end of the season, when surely the ace would leave for a higher offer.
Sunday, the deal was finally made. Cueto was shipped to the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals in exchange for three left-handed pitchers — Brandon Finnegan, John Lamb and Cody Reed.
In case you haven’t noticed, college football is getting closer and closer. So lots of UK football reading on tap for your Sunday. Jennifer Smith’s Sunday notes include lots of good stuff about how the Kentucky staff is luring recruits with the pitch of a bright future.
Meanwhile, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who has been a man in the news this week, reportedly told a recruit he will coach six more years — if the recruit commits to the Gamecocks. And down at LSU, the Tigers’ cup is overflowing with young stars in multiple sports.
Big Blue Links for Sunday: