Kentucky is a solid co-leader for three-star Marianna (Fla.) offensive lineman Ander Bodkin as he prepares to open his senior season next weekend.
"I'm talking to Kentucky a lot," he said. "They're telling me they really like me a lot and how much they want me to come up there and be part of their program.
"Right now, it's them and South Florida. Those are the main two, and I feel like I'm getting closer -- real close -- to possibly making a decision."
Bodkin (6-5, 285) says he may have already made that choice, but decided to give a few other schools who have remained in contact but have yet to offer a scholarship an opportunity to see him play this fall.
"There's a few -- Florida State, Arkansas, N.C. State -- who have said they want to come see me in the first three or four games of the season. I'd like to know what they think before I make my decision. But I may be ready by mid-season."
The Seminoles would appear to be a tough challenger for UK if they offer Bodkin, although he declined to say it would be an automatic choice.
"I've really established a great relationship with the Kentucky coaches," he said. "That's a big thing. Coach (Mike) Summers and coach (Joker) Phillips have been great to me. Even though it's 10 hours from home and Florida State is only about 45 minutes from here, I know those are guys who could make me feel like part of a family up there. It wouldn't feel like it was so far away."
Bodkin is also impressed by Summers' reputation as an O-Line coach and would be excited to work with him.
"He really knows his stuff," said Bodkin, who is projected to play left tackle by the UK staff. "I think I would really like the opportunity to work with him every day in practice."
Kentucky currently has three offensive line commitments in the Class of 2013: Jake Boynton of Georgia, Justin Day of South Carolina and Ramsey Meyers of Florida. The Cats are expected to sign at least four O-Linemen in the class, possibly five.
Bodkin and Marianna will face West Florida Tech on Friday, Aug. 24, in a preseason game.
Cats a co-leader for Florida OL
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