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Kentucky Lands Two More Ohio Prospects

Safety Darius West from Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School has committed to Kentucky.

West is the 14th prospect to commit to Kentucky’s class of 2014 and the eighth prospect from the state of Ohio.

West chose Kentucky over Louisville, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Other schools to offer a scholarship include Missouri, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and West Virginia.

The news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kentucky’s staff has made it clear to West that he’s a big priority in their search for help in the defensive backfield.

“Every day, all day… they don’t leave me alone,” West told Rivals last month. “I love it and it is real special how hard Kentucky hit Ohio football this year.”

Kentucky received a commitment from safety Mike Edwards from Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati earlier in the day. That followed Sunday’s news that defensive end Denzel Ware from Crestview (Fla.) High School had decided to once again commit to the Wildcats.

“It’s a family thing here and I feel comfortable here and that’s what’s best for me,” Ware told Rivals on Sunday.

Kentucky’s early success in recruiting under first-year coach Mark Stoops has helped the Wildcats reach an unseen position in the national recruiting rankings. Kentucky is ranked No. 5 in the nation by 247Sports, which leaves the Wildcats behind only Texas A&M (No. 1) and Tennessee (No. 3) in the SEC.

It’s difficult to believe Kentucky will be able to keep this kind of ranking pace all the way up to signing day on Feb. 5. But it’s clear Stoops has the Wildcats recruiting at a new level, which he was happy to celebrate on Monday night.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 2/13/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Here are some early 2014 in-state targets for Alabama.

2. And here are the top in-state recruits that Auburn is targeting.

3. Athlete D.K. Buford, listed by Rivals as the top prospect in Mississippi, has committed to Ole Miss for 2014. He totaled 1,228 yards and 16 touchdowns as a runner and receiver last year.

4. Kentucky picked up its first 2014 commitment.  Four-star defensive end Denzel Ware was previously committed to Florida State but will apparently follow coach Mark Stoops and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot from Tallahassee to Lexington.  Ware in the process of transferring high schools in Alabama.

5.  Stoops on the recruiting process: “We’re not going to take a backseat to anybody. We’re going to recruit hard. We will win our fair share.

6. 2014 offensive line prospect Orlando Brown claims more than 40 offers.  He’s planning a visit to Arkansas. His late father, Orlando Brown, Sr. played NFL football

7. Five-star quarterback Deshaun Watson is sticking by his 2014 commitment to Clemson.  The Georgia high school QB has already broken a number of state passing records.

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