Nail-biter weekend for UK, Stoops

George Brown

Kentucky has recruited marvelously since Mark Stoops stepped on board as Kentucky head coach. There’s no doubt that he’s infused the Big Blue Nation with a level of hope not seen around these parts maybe ever. This weekend is one of the biggest recruiting weekends of Stoops’ tenure, but not the way you might expect.

Kentucky has recruited marvelously since Mark Stoops stepped on board as Kentucky head coach. There’s no doubt that he’s infused the Big Blue Nation with a level of hope not seen around these parts maybe ever. This weekend is one of the biggest recruiting weekends of Stoops’ tenure, but not the way you might expect.

Today at 1:30 eastern, Winton-Woods High (OH.) offensive tackle George Brown will make his decision. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman has offers from all over, including LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Kentucky.

Last weekend Brown was at Kentucky for the Friday Night Lights Camp and it seemed a forgone conclusion that he would choose the Wildcats. In recent weeks they have seemed to step to the forefront of his recruitment and Brown has declared many times on social media that he would love to be a part of turning around the Kentucky program.

However a visit to Gainesville this week has cast a bit of doubt on the status of Brown.

Everybody feels like he is down to Kentucky and Florida, but there are no real solid indications about who he’ll choose. Many insiders think that the tide has swung to Florida. In the end, it is all speculation until Brown commits this afternoon.

Two other Kentucky commits have also made decisions that will make the Wildcat fanbase sit on the edge of their collective seats.

Alex Stump, one of the top wide receivers in Ohio, has decided to take a visit to Stanford. One of Stoops’ top commitments for the 2015 class, Stump is highly regarded and one program who holds him in high esteem is the Stanford Cardinal.

Stump (6-foot-4, 190-pounds) has long mentioned being interested in visiting the PAC 12 program and plans to be there this weekend. He holds an offer from Stanford and there is a thought that he could reopen his commitment or even flip his commit to Stanford after the visit.

Stay tuned.

Keeping with the Ohio theme, C.J. Conrad, possibly the most dynamic offensive weapon in Kentucky’s current class, will be participating at Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights camp this weekend.

Conrad calls it a “business decision.” After his great performance at the Opening, there’s a chance he’ll earn an offer from Ohio State after this workout. The question is whether he’s just going for the competition or whether he’s going to see if he can get an offer from “big state university.”

Should that offer come, it’ll be interesting to see what Conrad does. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end could also swap his pledge to the Buckeyes after being a Kentucky commit for months.

Whatever happens this weekend, Kentucky fans need to get used to these kinds of battles. If the Big Blue Nation wants to play big boy football, they have to recruit big boy players. This is the norm and not the exception.

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