Kentucky lands talented tight end, bumps class to 18th nationally


Stoops Troops’ got a big bump in the recruiting rankings on Friday with the official commitment of 2018 tight end Brenden Bates.

Bates, listed by 247Sports Composite as a three-star recruit and the No. 13 player at his position. Bates will take his talents to Lexington this fall barring any setbacks and assuming he sticks with his commitment until National Signing Day.

The 6-5, 230-pound tight end is listed as the Wildcats’ best recruit in the class, and he bumps the group up to No. 18 nationally and fifth in the SEC. Recruiting has certainly picked up under Mark Stoops, who has increased the Cats national rankings in each of the last seasons. With Bates already in the bag, this may start the ball rolling on another big class for Kentucky.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, native continues Kentucky’s impressive win streak in the state. While it’s Stoops’ home state, the Cats have put a target on the state and have been very successful.

With incumbent starter C.J. Conrad entering his junior year in 2016, it sets the stage for Bates to compete for the job in 2018.


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  • Kentucky is gonna be tough here this season and beyond with stoops at the helm. Beating Louisville was the best thing that has happened in recent memory for UK Football.

  • Stoops is an amazing recruiter. His connections in Ohio are bringing in really good players.

    We are NOT just a hoops school

    • You are just a hoops school but I like your enthusiasm. LOL. Just kidding. I love going to Football games at UK. Ya’ll have hospitable fans. However, Keeneland is even better.

  • Of course we’re not just a basketball school, look at all the other SEC championships we’ve amassed.
    lol, we play basketball in a conference that thinks basketball is a diversion until spring football starts.
    List all the SEC team championships we’ve accomplished in the last 30 years with the exception of men’s basketball.
    I hope you don’t run out of space on here while doing so.

  • Kentucky’s football team has been under.rated for a long time… but class ratings are a weak way to try to make up for it.

  • There is ‘only’ 16 teams ranked below us in the Rivals rankings that have a higher ‘star average per player’ than Kentucky. We need to load up on players quickly before they reach the same number of recruits.