Tag:Joker Phillips
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:50 am

2/28 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Could Ole Miss pull off the upset and land Robert Nkemdiche?

 Kentucky's Joker Phillips talked about oversigning rules and landing Justin Taylor.

 Michigan's 2013 class continues to grow.

 Notre Dame signee Davonte Neal has withdrawn from his high school.

 Kansas added a late signee in defensive tackle Neal Page.

 Miami offered offensive lineman Colin Goebel.

 Steve Spurrier said South Carolina was 8-0 on the recruiting trail against Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Clemson.

 Ryan White committed to Louisville after visiting Illinois.
Posted on: December 22, 2011 10:10 am

12/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Despite a visit to USC, Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard are still Notre Dame bound.

 Georgia gained one recruit and lost another.

 Texas rarely signs JUCO players but grabbed two yesterday.

 Maryland keeps loading up on linebackers this class.

 Gene Chizik says Auburn is in great shape on the recruiting trail.

 Joker Phillips discussed recruiting at Kentucky for a bit.

 Plenty of Virginia and Virginia Tech recruits on this all-area team.

 Will a bowl ban affect Ohio State recruiting much?
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:50 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:51 am

8/8 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

A few updates on Michigan targets such as offensive lineman Kyle Bosch.

Florida State pledge Sean Maguire is ready to compete with top quarterback and fellow commit Jameis Winston.

Georgia, Florida and Auburn are at the top of offensive tackle Avery Young's list.

Interesting story on Notre Dame pulling a scholarship offer from defensive tackle Tommy Schutt.

Safety Denzel Conyers received a UConn offer despite being injured.

Florida commit Matt Jones has a slight tear in his meniscus and will miss some games.

A look at West Virginia's first recruiting class under Dana Holgorsen.

Joker Phillips is rebuilding Kentucky through recruiting.


Texas offensive lineman Hiva Lutui committed to UCLA.

Rutgers grabbed in-state talent Leonte Carroo over the weekend.

Arkansas picked up commitment Deatrich Wise for the class of 2012.

Florida athlete Anthony Brown is headed to Purdue.

Illinois reached into Georgia and picked up a commitment from defensive back Zach Jackson.

Georgia went out of state to get a pledge from offensive lineman Greg Pyke.

Linebacker Dalton Santos picked Tennessee over Texas A&M.

Stud wide receiver Chris Black committed to Alabama.

West Virginia received a commitment from defensive end Korey Harris.

Tight end Jay Jay McCullough became Clemson's 17th commitment.

Pitt picked up two players in linebacker Devon Porchia and offensive lineman/transfer Tom Ricketts.

Georgia's top quarterback, Greyson Lambert, committed to Virginia.

Number two offensive lineman D.J. Humphries has committed to Florida.

Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:32 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 10:32 am

8/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- It could be a big day for Big Ten recruiting on Friday with several Detroit area stars set to commit.

  Defensive tackle Trae Clark added an offer from Illinois.

  Top 2013 receiver Richard Benjamin received an offer from Florida.

  Michigan's recruiting class has a strong Ohio flavor.


UCF added two nice pickups on offense in quarterback Kedric Bostic and receiver Drico Johnson.

Bostic wasn't the only quarterback to commit to a Florida program as Tyler Cameron selected USF. A look at Cameron's possible impact on the program.

Arizona strayed from their usual recruiting grounds to add defensive tackle Gerron Borne from Louisiana.

Joker Phillips and Kentucky received a commitment from athlete Daniel Ross and offensive tackle T.J. Jones.

Virginia continued to impress on the recruiting trail, getting a verbal pledge from defensive end Eli Harold over Penn State and Florida.

Iowa State reached into Florida to pull out receiver P.J. Harris.

Posted on: May 31, 2011 8:45 pm

Another Stephenson High player commits to the SEC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Stone Mountain (Ga.) is quite the football town and Stephenson High is quite the high school. DeMarcus Sweat is a talented wide receiver on the team and his commitment to Kentucky on Sunday gives the high school a whopping seven FBS commitments, five of which are to SEC programs.

“I told Coach (Joker) Phillips that I wanted to be a Wildcat," Sweat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I said I really wanted to talk to my parents first about it, but wanted to go ahead and commit because I didn’t want to lose that spot if another wide receiver committed. Coach Phillips was great about it. He said ‘I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about it. We got your scholarship. We’ll hold your spot. Talk to your parents and call me back later.'"

The Wildcats of course held a spot for the 6-foot-2, 190 pound Sweat. He made his commitment shortly after going through the school's camp in Lexington and felt very comfortable on the field he soon will be playing college football on.

"(The camp) went very well," Sweat told CatsIllustrated.com. "I got shown so much love; that's back home where I'm from. And when I went up there I was shown so much love that I just followed through with my play on the field."

Sweat is the fourth commitment for Kentucky's class of 2012 and first wide receiver in the group. He's also one of an expected 17 players who could sign with a FBS school to play for Stephenson.

Sweat picked Kentucky over Indiana and Florida International among others.
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 6:12 pm

Kentucky grabs big commitment from local QB

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It's not often you hear of Kentucky being in the mix for elite football recruits but Joker Phillips has managed to get the Wildcats into the mix for several during his tenure as head coach and it paid off Friday afternoon when highly regarded Fort Thomas (Kent.) quarterback Patrick Towles committed.

"I decided I wanted to be a Wildcat," Towles told CatsIllustrated.com. "They just talking about how I would fit in to their offense. They liked that I was from Kentucky, and that I come from a winning program. They have Operation: Win, and they want winners."

The 6-foot-5, 225 pound signal caller has led his high school team to back-to-back state titles in Kentucky and received an offer from the school earlier this month.

"To be able to play for the school you always wanted to go to feels awesome," he told the website. "I was ready. I've always wanted to go to Kentucky. After I got the scholarship offer, I thought about it, and was like, 'Well, this is where I want to spend the next four years.'"

Towles also held offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois and Vanderbilt. One thing that appealed to him and led to his commitment, besides being the local school, was the Wildcats' depth chart at quarterback.

"Morgan (Newton) is going to be a senior my freshman (year)," Towles said. "They'll have (Maxwell) Smith and (Theltus) Cobbins. I'm not going to go into a program thinking I'm guaranteed a spot. In high school, I fought up from fifth string. It's always good to have competition."

Towles threw 2,471 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 880 yards and 18 touchdowns last year.

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