Over the weekend, Mark Stoops and his staff continued their hot streak recruiting Ohio–landing their 16th recruit during Stoops’ short tenure as Kentucky’s head football coach.
Alex Stump, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound wide receiver from the Cleveland area, also had Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Minnesota and West Virginia offering him a scholarship. Harvard and Princeton also have expressed serious interest in him joining their Ivy League programs. But the St. Edwards product wanted to take a shot at playing in the SEC.
“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.”
Stump is the 7th commitment for the Wildcats. To contrast Stoops’ work in the Buckeye State (his home state, by the way), he has brought in 16 players from Ohio in his three recruiting classes … while only 9 players have come from Kentucky in the same span. For the Wildcats to have any success, this is a pipeline that will need to continually produce.
And speaking of Ohio, four-star tight end C.J. Conrad of Keystone (Ohio) will very likely become the 8th overall Kentucky 2015 commitment (and Stoops’ 17th from Ohio) on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound prospect also has an SEC offer from Arkansas, while also sporting offers from Duke, Pitt, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
Conrad made it known over the weekend that he’ll make his college announcement this Friday, and in February he named Kentucky his leader. He has been on Kentucky’s campus several times since then. He is a national top 200 prospect, and would join current Kentucky commitment Eli Brown as the two four-star recruits on the Wildcats’ commitment list.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.