Today is a potentially huge day in Kentucky recruiting, and you may have been completely unaware of it before just now.
Sure, guys like Drew Barker, Mike Edwards, and Boom Williams are the sexy pickups. They’re four-star players at glamorous positions and all picked Kentucky over some pretty stiff competition. But all of us football junkies know that quality linemen are just as important and The Wildcats are currently hosting Westerville, OH tackle Nick Richardson.
Rated as a four-star offensive tackle by rivals, Richardson is also considered the #19 tackle in the country and the #7 player in the state of Ohio. The Wildcats are competing against a host of schools from the Big 12, Big 10, ACC, and SEC for his talents, although it appears it will come down to UK and Michigan State.
With so much talent already in the fold all over the defensive side of the ball, at quarterback, and running back as well, Ketucky is expected to really focus on the offensive line and wide receiver positions to finish out this class. Adding Richardson would be huge. At 6’4, he has good height and he’s surprisingly athletic for a player close to 300 pounds. Heading into his senior season, Richardson already has the skills that the staff is looking for in their offensive tackles and he could legitimately play on either the right or left side of the line comfortably. As big as some of the commitments in the 2014 class may be, Richardson would instantly be one of the most important. For the record, 247’s “crystal ball” feature currently has 12 of 12 predictions favoring Kentucky. This feature has been wrong before, but you have to like those odds.