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4 Star WR Blake Bone Commits To Kentucky and Recruiting Notes
- Updated: August 27, 2013
Yahtzee! Kentucky Football just picked up yet another big time commitment, this time from 4 Star WR Blake Bone out of Woodruff, South Carolina. Bone chose the Wildcats over Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Louisville, along with other offers such as Tennessee, Nebraska, Clemson, and Arkansas. Blake is considered the 47th best WR in the country according to Rivals.com, and he has the talent to back that up. Bone is known for his great height, standing in at 6’5, which gives him an edge on shorter defenders. With great height and length, Bone has the ability to go over the top and make huge plays. While height is the key factor to Bone’s dominance, his great hands allow him to grab almost everything coming his way, catching 65 balls, along with 1150 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Woodruff High School in South Carolina.
A lot led up Bone’s decision to attend the University of Kentucky, and I was able to catch up with him about that decision. Blake told me that he was looking for a team with “potential”, along with “early playing time.” He also said that when looking at all of the schools, he felt that UK had “a group of great coaches around the program.” Bone felt that it was a great fit due to the “opportunities” he will have there, along with the fact that he believes he has the “opportunity to shine in UK’s Air Raid Offense.” He told me throughout his recruitment, UK 4 Star QB commit Drew Barker recruited him the most out of all recruits in contact with him. Bone even went as far as to say that throughout the recruiting process, Drew Barker was the player he felt most comfortable with and wanted to play with in college the most. He had this to say about Barker: “He’s a clown, plus he’s a pretty good athlete.” They have developed a great relationship with each other throughout each of their recruiting processes, which is great for their team chemistry when they suit up in Blue and White together next fall.
Bone’s commitment to the Wildcats allows the UK Coaching Staff to breathe a little easier with the receiving corp, as UK’s WR depth is known for being extremely weak, especially for an SEC Offense. Now that UK has Thaddeus Snodgrass, T.V. Williams, Garrett Johnson, and now Blake Bone on board for 2014, the WR spot is looking like one of the strongest positions on the roster for the future. This WR crop of 2014, along with the talented group from the 2013 Recruiting Class, should allow for the starting Quarterback at Kentucky next year to feel great about his options, as the star studded lineup could be deadly in OC Neal Brown’s Air Raid Offense.
Where will the Coaching Staff go from here in terms of recruiting? This is the Wildcat’s 23rd commitment for 2014, meaning spots are filling up fast. UK is looking to take 27 players in this class, due to early enrollees, so there are likely only 4 spots remaining to jump on board. Some names to look out for to fill those spots? I’ll start with Dorian Baker, a 3 Star WR from Cleveland, Ohio. UK is VERY high on him, and many consider UK to be the favorite for him. Baker received major publicity after blowing away the UK Coaching Staff at a UK Football Camp, who offered him a scholarship on the spot. At 6’3, Baker, like Blake Bone, uses his height to his advantage, as he is able to go up with his great length and make big time catches with ease. With Bone and Baker on opposite sides of the field, it will be extremely difficult to stop the dynamic duo, as the length of the two combined is unbelievable. Bone’s addition makes UK’s WR depth extremely comfortable, but if Baker comes along also, I believe it would give UK one of the most dynamic WR corp in the SEC for the future.
According to several of the UK commitments, they are extremely confident DT Matt Elam will pledge his commitment to the Wildcats this Winter when he decides on January 4 at the U.S. Army American Bowl. His final 6 are Alabama, Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee. Elam is considered the 10th best player in the country according to 247 Sports, and he has the talent to back that up. At 6’6, 330 pounds, Elam has an NFL size body, which is extremey necessary to compete at a top level in the SEC. For Elam’s size, his speed and footwork is beyond impressive, which partially explains his extremely high ranking. Also, Matt’s ability to bullrush the offensive line to get into the backfield to make big time sacks and tackles for loss makes him nearly impossible to guard. While Elam is already dominant defensively, his potential is the main reason he is ranked #10 in the country. Several NFL scouts have already said that Elam has the ability to be one of the most dominant Defensive Tackles in the country by his senior year, and will almost certainly be on an NFL team roster after graduating college. Alabama and Kentucky seem to be the front runners in his recruitment, but as of now, look for Elam to throw on a UK hat on January 4th.
Along with Elam and Baker, the staff plans to add one more OL, and possibly one more CB, as depth is extremely thin at those two positions. Avery Gennesy, a 4 Star JUCO OL, has UK high on his list, so don’t be surprised if he turns out to be one of the final pieces of UK’s 2014 Recruiting Class. At the CB position, one name that comes to mind is Georgia 4 Star prospect Nick Glass. Glass is considered a Safety, but the staff is recruiting him as more of a defensive “athlete”. He has the ability to play CB, Safety, and even at a Nickel Linebacker position, similar to what UK 2013 Football signee Marcus McWilson has done so far at UK. Glass is extremely quick, and has a knack for making great cuts on the ballcarrier to create huge hits, which perfectly fits the mold for the defense Mark Stoops is trying to implement at UK. UK 4 Star RB Commit Stanley “Boom” Williams is doing his best to recruit Glass to Kentucky. Kentucky is highly expected to be right there in the Glass sweepstakes when it comes time for his decision.
As you can see, Blake Bone’s commitment may be just the start of a stretch of 4 and 5 star commitments to finish UK’s Recruiting Class of 2014. Mark Stoops is looking to finish this class strong, and we’ll be here to deliver the latest news about the finish here at Varsity Preps.