Brady becomes Cats' fifth verbal

Kentucky coach Guy Morriss received his fifth verbal commitment for the 2002 recruiting class on Wednesday...

Kentucky received its fifth verbal commitment of the 2002 recruiting season Wednesday as Beechwood's Joe Brady informed the Wildcat staff that he would accept a scholarship.

"When we went down there on Senior Day, I got to sit down and talk with (UK head coach Guy Morriss) one on one. He was a great guy, and I just feel comfortable with him being the head coach," Brady said. "And he's going to be with me, coaching the offensive line, so I know the offensive line is going to be a top priority for the team.

"He's been in the trenches. He knows everything that I'll be going through."

Brady, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman with 4.9 speed and a 415-pound bench press, is projected to play center at UK. He chose the Cats over Louisville, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Ohio and Cincinnati. He had also camped at Tennessee and received interest from the Volunteers

The Beechwood standout marks the fifth in-state player to give an early commitment to UK. Brady joins Paul Webb (DL, Johnson Central), Arliss Beach (RB, Ashland), Randy Driver (DB, Glasgow) and Brad Booker (LB, Bowling Green) in Morriss' first recruiting class.

Brady has already earned the necessary test scores and should be eligible to play as a freshman.

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