Tight ends coach Vince Marrow of Kentucky is looked at as one of the top recruiters in the country, and he has done extremely well in the state of Ohio since arriving in Lexington.
Three-star Brenden Bates is hoping to follow in the footsteps of both Hart and Conrad when he starts his career with Kentucky.
"My decision to commit to Kentucky was basically because I just love the school," Bates stated. "Every time I go there it's amazing, and I just feel at home. It was either Kentucky or Cincinnati for me, and I liked both schools a lot."
"They have a great tight end situation at Kentucky, and both Conrad and Hart will be leaving after this year, so it sets up well for me," he added. "I have a good chance to play early at Kentucky, where if I went to UC I would have to compete against my brother (Doug Bates)."
"I love how Kentucky uses the tight end in their offense, and that played a part in my decision as well," he continued. "I think Coach Marrow is a great coach and a guy, and we have a great bond. I'm excited to be a part of what they're building there."
Bates is currently ranked as the number-four tight end in the Midwest, and number-three in the state of Ohio.