Let’s take a look at the job Mark has done in a short period of time on the job.
First, you would have to give him an A for the staff he put into place. The Neal Brown hire may have been one of the best hires of assistant coaches this program has ever seen. Neal brings in a high profile offense that Kentucky fans have wanted to see for years. Recruits want to run this offense that is one reason we were able to sign some stud receivers and running backs in this last recruiting class. Coach Stoops and Brown were able to bring in some young offensive coaches like Chad Scott (running backs), Tommy Mainord (wide receivers), John Schlarman (offensive line), and Vince Marrow(tight ends). Coach Marrow is also a relentless recruiter having strong ties in Ohio.
Now on the defensive side of the ball Stoops hired D.J. Eliot as defensive coordinator. Stoops and Eliot also went out and hired some young defensive coaches. Derrick Ansley (cornerbacks), Bradley Dale Peveto (safeties/ special teams coordinator), and Jimmy Brumbaugh (defensive line). This staff is young and energetic and is determined to turn this program around.
The way Stoops and company have been hitting the recruiting trail is unbelievable. The way the 2013 classed turned out, just shows how good this staff can be. They were able to bring in the 29th ranked class according to rivals. The 2014 class is starting to come together as well. So far Kentucky has nine recruits committed for the 2014 class. With Three 4* recruits and six 3* star recruits, rivals has Kentucky’s class ranked #12.
Overall the job Mark Stoops has done in just six short months is simply amazing. I am going to give Stoops an A for the work he has put in thus far. We know the momentum that has been built up so far will continue into fall camp in a couple of months.
Kentucky plays their first game against Bobby Petrino and Western Kentucky on August 31, 2013 in Nashville.
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