The impressive recruiting record of UK Coach Mark Stoops in his home state of Ohio continued Friday with the commitment of four-star tight end C.J. Conrad.
That pledge came one day after UK received a commitment from three-star linebacker Jordan Jones, who attends Stoops’ alma mater, Cardinal Mooney, in Youngstown.
In all, Stoops and his coaching staff have successfully recruited 18 players from Ohio, a talent-rich state that has been almost entirely ignored by recent UK coaches. That number doesn’t include the three players originally from Ohio who have transferred to UK. One of those players — Braylon Heard — will compete for the No. 1 running back spot this season.
According to the Rivals.com rankings, seven of UK’s 16 four-star commitments under Stoops have come from Ohio. Five of UK’s 10 Rivals 250 commitments — including Conrad — have been from the Buckeye State.
Tight ends coach Vince Marrow — recently promoted to recruiting coordinator — has played a major role in each of those commitments. Marrow is also a graduate of Cardinal Mooney and has extensive ties to the state.
“He’s Mr. Ohio recruiting,” Rivals.com analyst Josh Helmholdt said. “He’s just able to walk into seemingly any high school in the state and instantly builds rapport. There aren’t many degrees of separation between him and any high school coach in the state, it seems. He just has so many connections and obviously has the charisma to be a great recruiter.”
|Player||Pos||Hometown||Rivals star||Position rank||Ohio rank||National rank||Class|
|C.J. Conrad||TE||La Grange||****||6||8||174||2015|
|Dorian Hendrix||ILB||Huber Heights||***||25||36||NR||2014|
|Mikel Horton||RB||West Chester||****||12||4||150||2014|
|Jarrett LaRubbio||OG||Liberty Township||***||23||28||NR||2014|
|Kyle Meadows||OT||West Chester||***||47||31||NR||2013|