Kentucky recruits react to Mark Stoops staying with the Wildcats
Many people and recruits thought Mark Stoops would accept the Texas A&M job, but now, recruits are reacting to Stoops staying.
Saturday night was a crazy night for the media, fans and recruits, as many people expected Mark Stoops to leave for Texas A&M.
But just after midnight Sunday, it was announced that Stoops was staying with the Kentucky Wildcats.
Sea of Blue spoke to some of the Class of 2024 recruits who are currently verbally committed to Kentucky and what they had to say about Stoops staying.
These quotes will be anonymous to maintain the protection of recruits.
“It feels great,” said one verbal commit. “Glad he’s staying to see this class. It’s a great class with a lot of talent.”
“I’m grateful he’s staying, and I’m thrilled to be part of the Mark Stoops era,” another recruit said.
Some recruits were even relieved that Stoops was staying in Kentucky.
“Relief. “I wasn’t from the area, the culture of the program and the coaching staff was a big part of my decision,” said one Kentucky recruit. “A lot of the ‘bigger’ programs from Kentucky were recruiting me, but Kentucky felt at home from the first visit. If he had left, and the staff involved in hiring me had left as well, I probably would have moved on. But he’s staying, so come to signing day!
“It’s a relief. I’m glad I’ll be able to spend at least one year with him because he’s a great coach,” another commit said. “I hope it’s all 4.”
One recruit is ready to take on more challenges with Mark Stoops and Kentucky.
“It feels great. I love Coach Stoops,” the class of 2024 said. “He’s a great coach, and I can’t wait to play with him. I know he will get Kentucky to where we want to be. “We just have to knock down more doors.”
As National Signing Day approaches early, one recruit is ready to sign his National Letter of Intent and prepare to head to Lexington to play for Kentucky and Mark Stoops.
“It’s good to know he’s staying, and I can’t wait to be out there and play for him,” the Class of 2024 commitment said.
“It’s great, excited for the holiday season,” said one recent recruit.
Of course, if more recruits verbally committed to Kentucky respond, we will share their answers, but they all seem excited to see Stoops back for another year and are ready to take the program to another level while playing at Kentucky.
Kentucky currently has the 21st best recruiting class in 2024, according to 247 Sports. As long as none of the recruits transfer to another school during National Signing Day, it could be a special class this coming year.