Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin tight end Sean Stackhouse has committed to the University of Kentucky, but will keep his options open.
"The coaching staff was the big thing," Stackhouse said. "I really like Kentucky. I know it's far away from Florida and everything, but they are a school on the rise. Their recruiting classes have been real good. They've got a real good 2008 class coming in."
"For my position, I like the way Kentucky sounds," Stackhouse reinterated. "When I went to the campus, there were no flaws with it. The schedule was eveyrthing. They've got my major I'm looking at majoring in communications and they are real big on communications."
The verbal is not etched in stone just yet, as Stackhouse plans on keeping his options open to insure that the Wildcats will not recruit additional Tight Ends and have future plans of moving the Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin athlete.
"It's a soft verbal," Stackhouse said. "I just want to see if I'm gonna really play tight end there. I know it might change and they already have four tight ends on their roster, so I want to make sure that they are not going to move me. I know they're gonna give me a chance there to start, but I want to make sure I stay put."
Kentucky beat out some heavy competition, including in-state Miami for Stackhouse's services.
"Some of the other schools were ECU, Miami (Fla.) and UCF," Stackhouse stated. "We're gonna set up five officials. I'm gonna go to Kentucky for an official, for sure. We'll go to ECU sometime in January. I'm gonna go look at three other schools that could use a 6-foot-4, 255 pound tight end."
Right now, however, Kentucky owns Stackhouses' verbal commitment as the staff was notified of his decision a few days ago.