When Derrick Kelly committed to Kentucky last night it wasn't just another ordinary commitment. His verbal pledge pushed the Wildcats to No. 1 in the Rivals.com Team Rankings.
We aren't talking Kentucky hoops recruiting which basically recruits itself with eight national titles in men's basketball.
This is Kentucky football sandwiched in the ultra-competitive SEC East with traditionally powers Florida and Georgia. The job that head coach Mark Stoops and his staff have done in a short period of time on the recruiting front is borderline amazing. Kelly said it was a big reason he wanted to be a part of the trending up school.
"For me I always liked Kentucky. My cousin Eric Kelly played defensive back there, so I knew about them. I see a big turn around coming for them behind Coach Stoops that's why I chose Kentucky," stated an excited Kelly.
The physical offensive lineman was in Lexington last weekend for a camp and enjoyed the campus, facilities, and being around the other players.
It felt like a commitment was imminent, but yesterday's timing was flawless.
Did Kelly know that his commitment would give them the No. 1 recruiting class with eight months to before signing day?
"Yes sir. I checked out everything. They played a big role in it. It's very special. I called Coach Peveto around 9:30 last night to tell him I was committing. He was excited. Then I called Coach Stoops and told him the news," remarked Kelly.
Now he wants to turn his focus to his senior season and building upon this year's class.
Time will tell if Kentucky can hold onto the No. 1 spot come February. However, the recruiting turnaround has been fun to watch and has refreshed a stagnant program.