Coaching carousel impacts Timmons

Perhaps no elite high school prospect in the country has seen his recruitment impacted by coaching changes quite like Franklin County's Ryan Timmons.

Perhaps no major high school prospect in the country has seen his recruitment impacted by coaching changes quite like Franklin County's Ryan Timmons.

Three of the main schools that the Flyers' star wide receiver/athlete has been considering -- Arkansas, Kentucky and Purdue -- have all fired their head coaches this month, leaving the prospect in a unique position.

"We're kind of in a holding pattern right now," Franklin County coach Chris Tracy said. "He likes all three of those schools, but he really needs to see who they all hire before he goes any further with them.

"Right now, he's just trying to do his due diligence and make sure he takes a look at some other schools so he'll have some other options to consider."

Timmons took an unofficial visit to Columbus, Ohio, this past weekend for the Buckeyes' annual rivalary game against Michigan. He doesn't hold a scholarship offer from Ohio State at this point, but the program has shown consistent interest in him.

"We're hoping to get some clarity on that soon," Tracy said. "He'd really like to know if they're serious about him."

Asked if Timmons may consider a "grayshirt" offer from the Buckeyes, who are strapped for scholarships due to NCAA sanctions prior to Urban Meyer's arrival, Tracy said: "He and I honestly have not talked about that a whole lot. My guess is that's not something he'd be interested in because he wants to go somewhere that he can make an early impact. But I know he likes Urban Meyer a lot and that style of play, so who knows?"

Timmons has taken two official visits so far -- Arkansas and Purdue. He plans to make a third official visit this weekend at Illinois.

"They've done a good job recruiting him," Tracy said of the Illini. "I know they didn't have the kind of season they were hoping to have on the field, but their staff does a really nice job in recruiting. I think they have one of the top quarterback prospects coming in next year, and they're saying they envision Ryan as kind of a Percy Harvin type of player. That has his attention because Ryan sees himself in that mold."

Cincinnati is also trying to get back into the picture with Timmons. The Bearcats haven't offered a scholarship, but recently re-established communication with him after a long absence. "He went to their camp and liked coach (Butch) Jones and his staff," Tracy said, "but he hasn't heard much from them until now.

Asked where Kentucky stands in the process, Tracy said much will depend on who Mitch Barnhart hires to replace Joker Phillips.

"I think he still likes Kentucky, and being only 20 minutes away, Ryan knows most of what he needs to know about the school, as far as a visit is concerned," Tracy said. "The big thing will be who they decide to hire, what kind of system they're going to run, and the personal aspect of the coach.

"Ryan liked Joker Phillips quite a bit. He thought he was a good man. It's going to take some one like that to be able to form a relationship with him."

Timmons (5-11, 185, 4.4) may be the Bluegrass State's best overall athlete in the Class of 2013. As a senior, he accounted for 2,368 (41 percent) of Franklin County's 5,781 yards of total offense. He had 83 rushing attempts for 1,364 yards (15.7 ypa) and 26 touchdowns. He had 33 receptions for 1,004 yards (30.4 ypc) and 16 touchdowns. He also averaged 84.7 yards per kickoff return, taking back all three times opponents dared to challenge him for touchdowns.

Timmons finished the season with 45 total touchdowns on 124 touches, scoring every 2.7 times he had the ball in his hands. The Flyers went 12-1, posting the best record in school history.


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