Cats vying for juco WR's fifth visit

Kentucky is strong position for the fifth and final official visit from Grossmont (Calif.) College wide receiver Nick Kurtz. Read more about where he stands with the Wildcats in this KyScout feature.

Three-star Grossmont (Calif.) College wide receiver Nick Kurtz says the recruiting pitch he's heard from Kentucky is quite simple.

"The two words they pitch a lot to me are 'Air' and 'Raid,'" he said with a laugh. "That's all a receiver needs to hear to get his attention, right? That and the SEC. To be honest, the SEC is what really intrigues me a lot about them. It's a chance to compete against the best of the best."

Kurtz is a huge recruiting target for the Wildcats. Literally. At 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, he would bring some much-needed size to a receiver corps that does not feature many big targets.

As a freshman at Grossmont, he caught 49 passes for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns, drawing attention from major programs across the country. Kurtz has already visited two of those -- Kansas and BYU -- and has official visits to Texas Tech and Oregon set up for Aug. 2 and Aug. 6, respectively.

"Right now, Kentucky is in the mix for my fifth visit with a couple of other schools," Kurtz said. "I don't really want to say a lot about the other ones because I'm still trying to decide, but Kentucky is in strong position right now."

California, Illinois and Utah State have also offered scholarships.

Asked why he finds UK appealing, Kurtz said: "Well, they need some more receivers to run that 'Air Raid' offense. Where they just had a new staff come in, they don't have the personnel to run what they want to run yet. There's a big opportunity there for me to come in and play a lot right away. And there's a need for a guy like me, a bigger receiver.

"I'm also hearing a lot about the talent they're bringing in. It sounds like they've got a good recruiting class right now."

He is being recruited by UK receivers coach Tommy Mainord.

Kurtz will be a December graduate who will be able to participate in spring practice with his new college program. He says he would like to make a decision before his season begins at Grossmont, which is why his first four visits will soon be complete.

"I'll make another visit to whichever school I choose for a game, hopefully during a bye week (at Grossmont)," he said.

Jeff Drummond has covered University of Kentucky sports for daily newspapers, magazines and online publications since 1988 and for FOX Sports since 2012. A Richmond, Ky., native, he currently resides in Lexington.
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