After Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin offensive lineman/tight end Sean Stackhouse landed an offer from home-state Miami (Fla.), many people suspected that the 'Canes were days away from a commitment.
"I liked Miami a lot and the coaches said that the offer still stands," Stackhouse said. "They've got good coaches and it's a really good program that's got great things going on down there. Coach Shannon's finally got those guys in check. I like the facilities and the name."
"But, I'm trying to play tight end, and they were saying that they would give me a shot there, but that they could see me moving to tackle," Stackhouse confirmed. "They told me that the offer will still be on the table, but that they'd like to move me."
Then Kentucky came in.
"They have a big shot," Stackhouse said of the Wildcats. "I'm going up there for the Louisville-Kentucky game for my official visit. I'm really looking forward to that game. I'm going up to see how the coaches are and how everything looks. It seems like the program's really looking good and that should be a great game."
The Wildcats will be one of the final impressions on the 6-foot-3, 245 pounder, as he's wanting to make a decision in the next six weeks.
"I'll pretty much have my decision in like six weeks," Stackhouse confirmed.
New defensive backs coach David Lockwood is the primary recruiter for Stackhouse, but the Wildcats coaching staff wants the Floridian so bad they've all done their part to try and sell the program.
"Right now, (Kentucky) are really high on my list," Stackhouse continued. "I've talked to the head coach a couple of times, they all real cool. They just sound like things are pretty good."
A spectacular athlete for a guy his size, Stackhouse considers himself a versatile blocking and pass catching tight end.
"I'm probably more of a bigger blocking tight end," Stackhouse said, "but this year we are spreading the ball a lot more. We are running like 4 wide sets, so we're gonna be able to do a lot of different things this year. I'd say I'm 50-50."
"That's one of the reasons why I like Kentucky; I love to catch the ball as much as block," Stackhouse said. "I'd like to go to a school that has more of a passing offense."