Durham commits to Kentucky

Brad Durham has made it official. He has committed to the University of Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Baylor and Cincinnati.

The former Louisville Cardinal verbal commitment, who had his scholarship rescinded and his recruitment opened just weeks ago, made it official in a text message after school, Monday to Scout.com.

"Yes, I did," Durham said in reference to the question as to if he had committed to Kentucky. Durham, who had been seen on campus for the previous three games Kentucky had played - Georgia, Vanderbilt and Louisiana Monroe - finally made it official.

Previously Coach Rich Brooks had told the Mount Vernon (Ky.) native that if was serious about coming to Kentucky, he needed to let him "know in a couple of week."

Durham kept his word and so did Brooks.

"If they are after other players, they need to know what is going on with me," Durham told Larry Vaught. "I am just glad somebody is being honest with me for once. Just tell me the real truth about how things will go down. I am very respectful of coach Brooks for doing that. All I want to know is what the situation is. I can deal with that if a coach just tells me the truth."

Durham originally committed to the University of Louisville after the Cards heavily recruited the offensive guard from the beginning of the summer. At the time, Durham had scholarship offers from across the country and interest from as far away as Wake Forest.

"I thought it was one of the most unethical and sorriest things I have ever seen done," Rockcastle coach Tom Larkey told Vaught after they took away Brad's offer. "He did everything they asked. He committed early just like they wanted. This was a very unethical thing to do."

Larkey describes the 6-5, 305-pound Durham as a "workaholic" who has a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

"(Brad)'s a good kid. He's not someone you have to worry about being ineligible or getting in trouble. He's a team leader. He's not selfish," Larkey said. "They liked him fine in August. I don't know what has changed with him since then."

Durham is rated the #44 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com and a three-star prospect. He joins in-state commitment Ryan Tydlacka, Billy Joe Murphy and Duran Jefferson as verbal commitments to the UK football recruiting class of 2007.

Clips from previous interviews with Durham and Larkey were used in this article and with permission from Larry Vaught of Kentucky Sports Report and Scout.com

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