Kentucky Wildcats pick up verbal from Cincinnati Moeller TE Brenden Bates

Prospect comes from one of Queen City's top programs.

Kentucky added a fifth member to its 2018 football recruiting class on Friday when three-star Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller tight end Brenden Bates announced his decision to play for the Wildcats via Twitter.

Bates (6-6, 225) picked UK over programs like Louisville, Iowa, Cincinnati, Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. 

As a junior, Bates recorded 15 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown playing alongside Michigan State commit Matt Dotson, a four-star tight end.

He is the second top Ohio prospect to commit to the Cats in the junior class, joining Huber Heights defensive end Alex Reigelsperger. 

Bates comes from an athletic family. His father, Doug, played defensive end at Indiana. His grandfather, Gene Neff, played basketball for Adolph Rupp at UK during the 1951-52 season. His brother, Doug, is currently a tight end for Cincinnati. 

The commitment could lead to bigger things for the Cats in the Queen City. Moeller is one of the top programs in the Buckeye State, and UK has attempted to get a foothold in the tradition-rich school for years.

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