Damien Harris is Kentucky’s top priority running back recruit. Everyone knows that. What about the other positions? Luke Hiers , Darius Fullwood, Eli Brown and C.J. Conrad are also top priorities at their respective positions. Actually, all twelve of our current commitments are priority recruits due to the fact that all had committable offers. Add George Brown, Jr. because Kentucky has invested a lot of time recruiting him.
George Brown Jr. is the top priority on the offensive line. Kentucky's involvement with Brown began with a visit to Junior Day camp back on February 9, 2013. Mark Stoops put forth an offer two days later. He's been in Lexington for unofficial visits on the following dates: 4/13/13, 9/14/13, 12/4/13, 2/15/14 Junior Day, he attended the 6/13/14 camp and he plans to attend the Friday Night (Blue) Lights on the 18th of July. He received an in-home visit on May 27th. Brown was on the Nike 2014 watch list at the beginning of the year, but he apparently didn't participate in any of the Nike camps or combines. If he commits to the Cats, he will be the second from Cincinnati's Winton Woods HS. 4* Mike Edwards signed last February.
Brown has also visited the following schools: Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Clemson (twice), Michigan St. (twice), Auburn (twice), Alabama, and Louisville. He's camped at Kentucky, Purdue, Ohio State, Georgia, and Wisconsin. He's received visits from the coaching staffs from the following schools: Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State (twice), Ohio State, Arkansas, and of course, Kentucky. All the above information can be found on his 247 Sports profile.
You'll notice that 247 Sports and 247 Sports Composite has Brown as a three star player. It seems there is an agenda thing going on. Rivals shows him as a (5.9) 4*. Brown ranks # 6 in terms of offers (see this link) with 46 total offers, including 14 from top 25 programs. So, Rivals and the schools who have offered (coaches) obviously know more than the "experts" at 247 Sports, Scout and the followers at ESPN. ESPN should stick to covering sports and 247 Sports should stick to profiles and timelines. Oh, I forgot to mention that 247 Sports doesn't show an offer from Alabama on his profile. Gee, neither does ESPN. Hmmm, that's a head scratcher. Why does Rivals show an offer? Why does Scout show an offer? They obviously must be mistaken.
So, here we are as I write this providing you with information and facts about George Brown Jr, including his top five schools as reported by Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader the other day. Brown's top five are Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU, and he's going to visit Alabama on the 13th, Kentucky on the 18th, and Florida on the 21st before committing on the 25th of July. One thing you can assume: he wants to play in the nation's best conference. Just call me Captain Obvious.
The planned visits seem to indicate that Georgia and LSU aren't really in the mix, but he may be planning on taking official visits to both schools. I don't see him committing to Florida because Will Muschamp is #1 on The Coaches Hot Seat and the Joker Phillips resignation and the reasons behind it may have Florida under NCAA scrutiny. The only thing you can assume is Kentucky has a committable offer on the table. We don't know about the other schools.
If he commits to Kentucky on the 25th, he will become the 18th Rivals 4* since Mark Stoops arrived. That is, unless another 4* commits before the 25th. Under the Rivals rating system, we'll get 120 points for the 5.9 rating plus another 29 points due to his Rivals rank of 118 in the Rivals Top 250. That gives Kentucky 149 points which would be added to the 1078 points Kentucky already has, giving UK a new total of 1227. If the unlikely event that point totals for Ohio State (1222 pts), Southern Cal (1184 pts), Northwestern and Boston College (both with 1155 pts), Oregon (1118 pts) and Duke (1095 pts) don't change before the 25th, Kentucky will move up to 15th from 21st in the Rivals Team Rankings. Our average star rating will take a leap from 3.33 to 3.38.
How about that for a little buzz?