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First Down Kentucky: Stone Saunders is locked up

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Why Nebraska's Fred Hoiberg Has the Best Job in College Basketball and Compares Well to Kentucky's Mark Stoops | 03/28/24

High school quarterback recruiting has been a difficult situation for the Kentucky football program. After having some success at the position in the transfer portal, the Wildcats had better results at offensive coordinator last offseason Liam Coen landed Cutter Boley And Stone Saunders over the summer months. Coen followed with another portal recruiting victory as Great Britain secured a transfer to Georgia Brock Vandagriff.

When Coen moved to the NFL, there was some concern that Kentucky might lose some of its recruiting wins. That doesn't seem to be the case. Vandagriff has established himself as Kentucky's QB1, Boley is vying for the QB2 job and Saunders appears locked in, although Kentucky has accepted a commitment from Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln QB Burn Ward.

After completing an unofficial meeting with new offensive coordinator Bush Hamdan the last weekend in March, Saunders will quickly return to Lexington on April 13 for Kentucky's spring game.

Kentucky's first commitment in the 2025 cycle is 100 percent committed to the Wildcats, and that will help the program as they begin recruiting prospects and pushing for commitments. Mark StoopsThe program is in good shape as the spring semester slowly comes to an end.

Super League

In recent years, both media and fans have suggested that a Super League model might be something that could work for college football. In this model there could be promotions and relegations. This model became more real this week.

The Athletics Andrew Marchand and Stewart Mandel reported Wednesday that the College Sports Tomorrow (CST) group, made up of college presidents and sports executives, has put together a plan similar to the promotion and relegation we've seen in European soccer.

The proposal would eliminate conferences and have 80 teams compete in the new version of FBS football. For the postseason, there would no longer be a selection committee and a college bargaining agreement would be reached between the universities and the players. The CST even met with the ACC, but I'm not sure it gets much traction after that.

The CST hasn't met with the Big Ten and SEC, and that's all that really matters. At This week in college football At KSR+ I expressed further thoughts on the proposal. It's clear that college football needs some changes, but those will likely come from Greg Sankey and Tony Petitti. The sport is tied to the current model for now after reaching a major media rights deal with ESPN for the expanded College Football Playoff.

However, things remain fluid. We are in a major transition period and at some point some seismic changes will occur.

Do you have any thoughts? Continue the conversation on KSBoard, the KSR message board. New members can try it for a month for $1.

Big Board Recruitment

Speaking of football coverage at KSR+: We distribute the recruiting content. Official visits are suspended and soon coaching staffs across college football will be pushing for commitments. The picture is becoming clearer as to which prospects Kentucky is focusing on in the 2025 recruiting cycle.

My first big board of 2025 fell on Friday as we took a closer look at the offense. Each position is broken down individually and includes a complete list of objectives. Come and dive with us at KSR+ for just $1.

Open practice

On Saturday afternoon, the Kentucky football program will open its doors to the media for its first open practice of the spring. KSR will have a full team there to ensure coverage. The full report is expected to be available on Saturday evening. We offer a highlight package, analysis, quick response and much more. This should serve as the perfect appetizer before spring play begins next week.

Football is coming.