N.C. linebacker getting to know UK

Kentucky is casting a much wider net on the football recruiting trail than we have seen in recent years. Earlier this week, a new scholarship offer went out to a four-star linebacker from North Carolina.

Chris Register admits he doesn't know much about the University of Kentucky football program at this time.

What he does know, however, came as something of a surprise to the Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley standout

"They just offered this week through my coach, so I don't know a great deal about them yet," Register said. "But I do know they have some good fans who are excited about the new coaching staff and where the program is going.

"When news got out on Twitter than I had an offer from them, I got about 20 new followers right away. I was pretty surprised. When you think about Kentucky, you think about their basketball team and how crazy those fans are. But they seem to be pretty excited about football up there, too."

The scholarship offer from UK came as something of a surprise as well.

"I had been getting letters from them, but nothing real serious," Register said. "I was glad to know they were that interested in me."

Kentucky joins an impressive, growing list of scholarship offers for Register (6-4, 230) a four-star prospect who is ranked the No. 10 outside linebacker in the country by FOX Sports Next and Scout. UK and Miami offered this week, joining programs like Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Ole Miss, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, among others. Alabama and Oregon have also been expressing interest.

What's all the fuss about?

As a junior, Register posted 111 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and two interceptions for Dudley. His two-year totals include over 200 tackles, 17 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and six interceptions.

"The coaches like how I'm physical and aggressive," Register said. "They like my attitude, how hard I play and how I love to attack the ball and hit. I play downhill and hit hard."

Sounds like just what the doctor ordered for Mark Stoops' new defense at UK. The Wildcats did not sign a linebacker prospect in the Class of 2013, so the position will be a top priority in the months to come.

Asked what he'll be looking for when he starts narrowing down his list of prospective schools, Register said: "The campus atmosphere and what the relationships are like between the players and the coaches. Also, dad wants to be able to see every game I play, and money is kind of tight these days, so that could be a factor. I'd like to be close to home, or somewhat close."

Register said most of the schools in the ACC and SEC would fit his definition of being "somewhat close" to home. He said he would be surprised if he wound up picking a school outside of those conferences.

He is currently in the process of planning some summer trips. So far, a visit to Florida State in mid-June is the only thing on his schedule, but he anticipates many more in hopes of narrowing his list prior to his senior season.

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