Elite TE has Cats on top on eve of visit

Four-star Ohio tight end C.J. Conrad holds 17 scholarship offers now, including some of college football's traditional heavy hitters.

Four-star Ohio tight end C.J. Conrad holds 17 scholarship offers now, including some of college football's traditional heavy hitters.

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Keystone High School standout plans to visit Lexington to see how the Wildcats stack up with some of those programs.

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"I'm planning on visiting Kentucky on April 16th," Conrad told AllWildcats. "I've built a really good relationship with Kentucky's tight ends coach, Vince Marrow, and Mark Stoops. Both have been telling me how I can come in and play early at UK."

That's going to be a common statement for many schools recruiting Conrad, including the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Arkansas, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss.

But UK has the "Air Raid" offensive scheme on its side, a plus for the Cats, according to Conrad.

"They're selling me on playing time and a chance to make a lot of catches in their offense," he said.

Another potential plus for Kentucky is relationships that Conrad has formed with current Cats Thaddeus Snodgrass and Drew Barker.

"They are really cool guys," he said of the freshman wide receiver and quarterback who helped give UK arguably its best recruiting class in school history this year. "They're telling me the program is on the rise and how I should come be a part of something special.

"With the relationship I have with those guys and the coaches, UK is my outright favorite."

Asked if a verbal commitment was possible during his unofficial visit, Conrad said, "I'm not planning on committing, but we never know what could happen."

He has been planning on making his decision in the summer.

Scout ranks Conrad the No. 6 tight end prospect in the country for 2015. As a junior, he caught 47 passes for 592 yards and seven touchdowns.


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