Kentucky has shot up 13 spots in the national team recruiting rankings–all in about 24 hours.
That’s because of today’s addition of four-star tight end C.J. Conrad, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete out of Lagrange (Ohio). He’s the fifth overall Kentucky commitment out of Ohio, out of the nine the Wildcats have. Also joining the program in the last 24 hours was Ohio LB Jordan Jones. The two big commitments bumped Kentucky from 34th ranking in the country to 21st.
Conrad made it official Friday afternoon. He Tweeted: “Proud to announce that I’m officially committed to the University of Kentucky to further my football career #BBN.”
Conrad is rated the No. 192 overall prospect in America and is Kentucky’s second-highest ranked prospect behind Eli Brown (at No. 184). In last year’s class, Kentucky signed six-four-star prospects after signing any in the preceding years. Schools like Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech had also offered.
Last year, Kentucky finished with a rare top 25 class–ending at No. 22. Conrad is head coach Mark Stoops’ 18th commitment from Ohio in little more than a year and a half. Ohio is Stoops’ home state.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.