LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has consistently called each recruiting class his best ever, so declaring his latest group of signees even better shouldn't be shocking.
The 24 incoming Wildcats announced Wednesday are tasked with building on the program's 7-6 record - its highest win total since 2009 - and first bowl appearance since 2010. Most satisfying to Stoops was how recruits remained committed despite Kentucky's 0-2 start and reinforced their commitments after the `Cats upset rival Louisville and eventual Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.
"We didn't lose one guy since the start of the season, and that's a special group," the coach said. "This is by far the best class, period."