Oats — a 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect from Cincinnati — is the No. 23 outside linebacker in the class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Rivals.com and ESPN also rate him as a four-star recruit.
UK coaches Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow met with Oats on Tuesday night, and he’s expected to be in Lexington this weekend for an official visit. Michigan State, Mississippi and Oklahoma have also been mentioned prominently in Oats’ recruitment in recent weeks.