Top five realistic 2015 recruiting targets: Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky put together arguably its best football recruiting class of the digital age, and the Wildcats look like they’re on the right path to do it again. They could keep one of the nation’s top running backs in-state, and they could once again raid Ohio for Big Ten talent. Keep an eye on the Wildcats again.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

1. Damien Harris, Berea (Ky.), 5-11/205, Running back

  • National rank: No. 19 overall prospect
  • SEC schools: Kentucky, Auburn, Alabama
  • The skinny: Harris is an in-state talent who was previously committed to Michigan. He stepped back from that commitment and is now seriously considering several schools, including Kentucky. It’d be huge if the Wildcats could keep guys like this and 2014ers Matt Elam and Drew Barker home.

2. Eli Brown, Bowling Green (Ky.), 6-2/195, Linebacker

  • National rank: No. 147 overall
  • SEC schools: Kentucky, Vanderbilt
  • The skinny: Brown was once committed to Vanderbilt, but now it’s looking like this four-star outside linebacker will stay closer to home with the Wildcats. Once again, a great pickup for Kentucky if they can hold on to him.

3. C.J. Conrad, Lagrange (Ohio), 6-5/225, Tight end

  • National rank: No. 201 overall
  • SEC schools: Kentucky
  • The skinny: Conrad named Kentucky his actual leader in late Kentucky, so it’s looking pretty good for the Wildcats to land another talent out of Ohio–a four-star top 10 tight end and top 250 national prospect.

4. George Brown Jr., Cincinnati (Ohio), 6-6/255, Offensive lineman

  • National rank: No. 376 overall
  • SEC schools: Kentucky, Auburn
  • The skinny: Brown would be another great example of the Wildcats dipping into talent-rich Ohio and plucking talent away from Big Ten schools. They did it often in the 2014 class. This would be a huge get.

5. Luke Hiers, Lake Wales (Fla.), 6-3/295, Offensive lineman

  • National rank: No. 449 overall
  • SEC schools: Kentucky, Mississippi State
  • The skinny: The 247Sports.com Crystal Ball shows Hiers as a dead lock to head to Kentucky. That’d be a huge pickup as he is one of the top-rated centers in the nation. Again, things are changing when it comes to Kentucky football recruiting.

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