Kentucky football class–not hoops–still firmly within the national top 25


You get the feeling Kentucky’s football coaching staff owes the Governor of Ohio a nice Christmas Card this year. Or maybe one of the state’s members of congress or some sort of Ohio notable. Without the Buckeye State, the Wildcats wouldn’t have a national Top 25 class right now. In fact, they probably wouldn’t even have a national Top 50 class.

Four of the program’s nine commitments are from Ohio, and of course 2014’s signing class was loaded with Ohio natives. Today, two of the top three–who are rated four-star prospects by at least one services–are from Ohio. They are C.J. Conrad and Alex Stump, who have come aboard this month. In fact, four of the nine commitments have come aboard since May 1. It’s been a busy mont

The class is rated No. 24 overall in the nation and is working hard the state’s No. 1 recruit, RB Damien Harris, a five-star stud who formerly was on board with Michigan. Offensive tackle George Brown Jr. is another prime target. The No. 2 player in Kentucky, Eli Brown, came aboard as part of that May flood … he’s a former Vandy recruit.

“I think they are building something very special,” Stump told Saturday Down South. “It all starts with a great culture and coaching staff. It all starts with the people they are recruiting and have recruited. I felt it was special for me because of the potential for the offense to really be great, and hopefully we can shake up the SEC.”

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.

192 Eli Brown Warren East (Bowling Green, Ky.) 4 LB 6’2” 195
203 C.J. Conrad Keystone (Lagrange, OH) 4 TE 6’5” 225
439 Alex Stump St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) 3 WR 6’3” 190
550 Luke Hiers Lake Wales (FL) 3 OL 6’3” 295
690 Jordan Jones Cardinal Mooney (Youngstown, OH) 3 LB 6’2” 205
789 Logan Stenberg James Clemens (Madison, AL) 3 OL 6’6′ 325
874 Levon Livingston Ballou Shs (Washington, DC) 3 DE 6’7” 250
n/a Mason Wolfe Henderson County (KY) 3 OL 6’7″ 280
n/a Larry Wells Kenton (Kenton, OH) 3 OL 6’8″ 300




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