Jul 3, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Quaterback Drew Barker (15) passes the ball during the Nike 7on7 elimination play at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day 2014: Grades and Analysis for Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats finished with the nation’s No. 22 class and the No. 10 class in the Southeastern Conference according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings in a stunning development for Mark Stoops’ first true recruiting class after being hired at the end of the 2013 regular season.

Stoops managed to sign 29 recruits with seven of them already enrolled in classes, including four-star quarterback Drew Barker (Hebron, Ken. Conner) who served as the lynchpin to the class and helped recruit players to play with him in Lexington.Barker is one of the more unheralded players in the nation despite being the No. 6 ranked pro-style quarterback.

You can view the entire Kentucky recruiting class here.

Literally one of the biggest recruits Barker helped recruit to Kentucky in addition to Stoops and the Kentucky staff of course was 6-5, 380-pound defensive tackle Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ken. John Harding) who committed to Kentucky over Alabama. He has to lose 40 pounds before September if he wants to avoid being redshirted, but if he can keep his weight in check, he has huge upside.

The depth to this class was imperative for Stoops as he gets his guys in and can run fit in the type of offense and defense he wants to run in Kentucky and a lot of these freshmen are going to see action right away.

Grade: To go winless in the SEC and finish with a class ranked ahead of the likes of Michigan State, Nebraska and Oklahoma State is pretty amazing so I give Stoops and Kentucky an ‘A’.

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