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Losing programs succeed on recruiting trail

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It usually turns more than a few heads when a top high school recruit commits to a struggling program.

There are many reasons, including the school's proximity to home, a relationship with a recruiter, the system the staff runs or maybe a new coach.

Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia have not had a lot of success recently - going a combined 9-27 last season - but enter Wednesday's national Signing Day having landed some of the schools' best recruiting classes ever.

Kentucky is 4-20 the last two years, but its class is ranked 13th by

Second-year Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says recruits "fully understand that we're in the process of building a program ... They believe in what we're doing and where we're going."


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