1. Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips battles other schools and apparently Batman and Robin as well. Phillips posted an all-caps note on his Twitter account this morning: “IT’S TIME TO PLAY WR FOR THE JOKER!” It included a picture of the deceased Heath Ledger as the Joker with the movie line from The Dark Knight, “Ooohhh. You Want To Play? Come On!”
— Joker Phillips (@jokerphillips) March 27, 2013
2. Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops wanted to get the attention of quarterback prospect Drew Barker. UK sent Barker 115 letters. Hand-written. In a single day. “I opened up the mailbox like I do every day, and they started falling out,” Barker told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “ I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ It was insane what it looked like in my mailbox. It was all crammed in there, and they had a bunch of rubber bands around them. It was pretty awesome, and I was pretty shocked.” Barker said Stoops himself had written 10 of the letters. The 115 letters is apparently a record, eclipsing outputs from Tennessee coach Butch Jones recently and a Nick Saban/Alabama campaign last year.
Barker just returned from a visit to South Carolina. He’s also planning to visit Tennessee, Ole Miss and possibly Louisville. He’s also planning to attend the spring game at both Kentucky and South Carolina.
3. LSU recruit Rickey Jefferson, brother of former Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson, pleaded not guilty today to a felony charge of resisting arrest. In early February, Jefferson allegedly attacked a narcotics agent who was arresting a friend of Jefferson’s in a parking lot.
4. LSU landed its eighth verbal commitment in the class of 2014 Tuesday. Fort Pierce, Florida linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed paid a visit to the LSU campus and told Les Miles he wanted to be a Tiger. ”It was great. Talking to coach Miles and the NFL players were the highlight of the day. It was really exciting. He was excited about my film. He watched it a couple of times. Feels good to be a Tiger!”
5. Huntington Prep (W. Va) star and Kentucky target Andrew Wiggins is the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Wiggins is considered the No. 1 recruit in the country and is considering Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State and North Carolina. The 6-foot-8 Wiggins has not indicated when he will make a decision.