Kentucky recruiting coordinator Joker Phillips talks about recruiting in this question-and-answer with sports editor Larry Vaught:
1. Why would a top in-state player want to play at Kentucky instead of Louisville?
"To help build something, plain and simple. Twenty-two years ago I decided to come build something (as a player at Kentucky). By the time we left we were 9-3 and going to the Hall of Fame Bowl. That's exactly what you sell, to build something from ground up."
2. Why should a high-profile out-of-state recruit come to Kentucky instead of another Southeastern Conference school or top 25 team?
"The chance to play right away and, again, the chance to build something. A chance to play right away is something we are selling and it's evident we mean what we say because we are playing nine of our true freshmen this year."
3. Is early playing time more important than anything else in recruiting right now?