February 08, 2013
Kentucky may be a traditional bottom-feeder in the nation's best conference, but the coaching staff looks at that as a recruiting advantage.
"This is the SEC," tight ends coach Vince Marrow said. "How you sell it is up to you."
They've seen just how tough to compete it is within the league. Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class ranks No. 28 nationally -- but No. 13 in its conference.
"That's kind of crazy, isn't it?" Marrow said. "You look at it and you say, 'hey, before we took this job, we were in the 60s.' We make (up) that much ground, and you're feeling pretty good. Then you look and it's like, man, you got 11 other teams in the top 30. But you have to look at it like this: that's why they've won the last seven national championships."
While Kentucky is still at the bottom looking up, here's the key: they're not looking up as far.
Check out the following visual. The black dots indicate each SEC team's recruiting class ranking on a national level. The blue dot indicates UK's team ranking for that year. As you can see, the Class of 2013 has significantly closed the gap.