BOZICH: Debating UK vs. U of L Recruiting; Nazr and Siva
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Observations From The Tweet Deck:
Twitter is a combo platter of ideas, news, gossip, joy and bile. Dr. Bo looked across his news feed for a weekend update.
@D_Barker7: I guarantee we will have a top 10-15 class in 2014! #BBN
I don't care if the recruiting gurus hang three, four, five, a dozen or zero stars on quarterback Drew Barker of Conner High School now that he has committed to Kentucky. A better indication of Barker's skills is making a note of how many other Southeastern Conference schools wanted his signature.
The answer is at least five – South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. The kid has a gift
Getting beaten for a big-time arm is something that usually inspires Steve Spurrier to toss a visor, even when the player grows up in Northern Kentucky (Hebron). The world knows what Spurrier thinks of UK football. He's never been shy about his fear of the Wildcats.
But give credit to coach Mark Stoops and UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown. With six commitments, UK's 2014 class ranks No. 18 by Rivals, No. 18 by Scout and 23rd by 247 Sports.
Getting Barker on board energized the UK fan base -- and should get Stoops and Brown in the living rooms of more quality prospects.
Even with Barker bound for Commonwealth Stadium, let's not forget one thing:
Charlie Strong is the face of college football in this state for the 2013 season – and until somebody proves otherwise. Roll highlights of the Sugar Bowl and Teddy Bridgewater for confirmation.
Louisville secured its 12th and 13th commitments in the 2014 class this weekend. George Rushing, a receiver from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said he wants to play for Strong. Even with Clint Hurtt out of the picture, Strong and his staff remain as strong as the afternoon sunshine in Florida. Eight of the U of L commits are from the Chinstrap State.
Moving to the ACC in 2014 is the latest recruiting weapon Strong and his staff can use, especially with a trip to Notre Dame on the schedule.
According to Rivals, Rushing had offers from Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Boston College, Illinois and other schools.
Want more? Strong and his staff did. They added another verbal on Saturday from Isaiah Ford, another receiver from Jacksonville, who is also talking about playing basketball at U of L. Ford held offers from Ohio State, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Penn State, Kentucky and many others.
South Carolina and Florida State both told Ford he could play both sports -- and he had basketball only offers from Jacksonville, Liberty, Radford, Rider and Gardner-Webb. He was the third-leading scorer in the metro Jacksonville area, averaging 20.4 points per game while making 80 percent of his foul shots.
How does Louisville's 2014 class compare to the six guys headed to UK?
Rivals (8th) and 247 Sports (9th) both prefer Louisville, while Scout only places the U of L class at No. 24, seven spots behind UK.
@NazrMohammed: For the kids who were watching... That not the way to react on the basketball court.
Former Kentucky center Nazr Mohammed is one of the greatest success stories from the Rick Pitino Era in Lexington. Not only did he transform his body to become a proficient college player, Mohammed has earned more than $60 million while playing 15 seasons in the NBA.
Mohammed spends a good chunk of his off-seasons in Louisville. He's a humble, soft-spoken and intelligent guy. That's what made his volatile push of Miami's LeBron James Friday night in Chicago a head turner during the Eastern Conference playoff series between the Heat and Bulls. It's been a streetball series, but you're not supposed to tug on Superman's cape on national TV.
It wasn't surprising that Mohammed delivered a quick and sincere apology – and said he would work at controlling his emotions next time.
@howardfineman: Biggest cheer when four-year #UofL player Peyton Siva crossed the commencement stage to get his degree as an academic all-american.
When Howard Fineman isn't writing about national politics for the Huffington Post, he's a passionate fan of University of Louisville sports. In an era when top players can stop going to class after one semester, Fineman appreciated the four-year resolve Peyton Siva showed while earning his degree – and a national title – with the Cards. And he shared his joy with his 75,000 Twitter followers.
@NDkendrick: Forward Kelan Martin Louisville Ballard (KY) continues to improve. Running clock saved St. Louis something's. Showed an A+ motor.
N.D. Kendrick is a great Twitter follow for recruiting information in this area – and he is a major fan of Kelan Martin, a powerful 6-foot-6 forward from Ballard and sidekick of Louisville commitment Quentin Snider.
@DickieV: Recruiting can be brutal-Do u think Recruiters will let kids know that Rutgers Coach Jordan did not get his degree? He MUST work toward it!
I'm not sure who is running the basketball program at Rutgers – Moe, Larry or Curly? First they have a coach (Mike Rice) who throws basketballs at his players like Roger Clemens. Then they hire a former player (Eddie Jordan) who left Rutgers without a degree. Even Dick Vitale knows that's a recruiting disaster, baybee!
@OrbColt: Here I am in my stall this morning at Belmont Park - I ate my breakfast in record time!
The reports on the 2013 Kentucky Derby winner continue to be glowing. He'll move to Pimlico in Baltimore early next week in pursuit of the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Steve Andress of WDRB and I will join him.
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