Lumpkin makes surprise decision

First, Ricky Lumpkin committed to Kentucky. Today, confirmed the 6-3, 255-pound Clarksville, TN standout had changed his mind and intended to commit to Louisville. Now, after visits from coaches from both schools Thursday night, Lumpkin made a surprising decision. has the latest.

Put this in the 'I've never heard of this one before,' file.

Apparently, there's a head-to-head battle between rivals Louisville and Kentucky for Tennessee Mr. Football Ricky Lumpkin - literally.

Ricky Lumpkin, Sr., the 6-3, 250-pound stars father, told Wednesday night that his son would announce his college decision Thursday night after receiving a visit from one of the competing coaches.

What he didn't tell us last night was that coaches from both Kentucky and Louisville are in the Lumpkin home - together - tonight.

Reached by telephone at 8 PM EST, Lumpkin's mother informed that coaches from both schools were in the house together. Asked if a Louisville coach was visiting with her son, Mrs. Lumpkin, said, "Try both. Both schools are here right now."

How that situation came about remains unknown. Louisville assistant coach Mike Summers is thought to be the Cardinals representative. It's uncertain who is representing the Wildcats.

Lumpkin reaffirmed Thursday night that he'll attend Kentucky next year.

"I changed my mind and thought I was going to Louisville, but I'll be going to Kentucky next fall," Lumpkin told Thursday night.

Assistant coaches Steve Ortmeyer and Rick Petri from Kentucky and Mike Summers from Louisville visited Lumpkin Thursday night.

"The reason I thought about going to Louisville is because they win big and I could have gone to bowl games right away," he said. "But I stuck with Kentucky because I think I can be a factor in helping turn things around there."

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