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It seemed inconceivable, the number seven and the UK logo, side-by-side in the latest team rankings for the Class of 2014.

But there it was, a numerical figure depicting the new heights Mark Stoops has taken Kentucky's recruiting before one of his teams has even played a game, following the commitment of three-star defensive back Mike Edwards.

And then three-star defensive back Darius West committed hours later, and: UK was now next to the number six.


Kentucky’s 2014 class rises to No. 6 in latest team rankingsNow, UK's ranking won't stay that high. The Class of 2014 is far from complete for every team, and the Cats have added more pieces (and thus more points in the Rivals rankings index) at this stage than most other teams.

But it's not just volume. It's quality. UK's committed prospects in that class have an average star rating of 3.31, No. 25 in the nation (and behind 10 other SEC teams). The Cats will likely wind up in that 20-30 range nationally.

Still, qualify it all you want: this is historic. Unprecedented. The Class of 2014 still have major pieces to add. It will almost certainly be the highest-ranked class in UK history, dating back through the decade since Rivals began. UK already has more four-star commits from that class (four) than it did in the three years under Joker Phillips (three).

So take a look at that number. Six. It's really beside Kentucky's logo.

Believe that.

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