Much like how Matt Elam’s commitment last year raised eyebrows across the nation, Friday is a similar chance to elevate the exposure of Kentucky Wildcats Football recruiting. That is when four star OT (per Rivals) George Brown Jr will make his college decision known. Rivals lists Brown as the #118 player in the class, but 24/7 and ESPN rank him as a three star.
As you can see above, it is a virtual who’s who of SEC football as Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Georgia share a combined 24 National titles. If Kentucky beating out Alabama for Elam was big, imagine the impact of beating out Alabama and the rest of the SEC big boys.
If you read the tea leaves, Kentucky has a pretty good shot on Friday. There are rumors that Brown’s family want him to stay closer to home (Cincinnati), so Kentucky would seem to be the leader if that is a key part of the decision. It’s not really a rumor as Brown has publicly tweeted a couple of weeks ago that he may be staying close to home. Brown has also paid official visits to Lexington on June the 13th and attended Kentucky’s camp last weekend but his last visit was to Florida.
Also, Damien Harris has announced that he will trim his list to five on August 1st and will make his announcement on December 13th.
What could Kentucky get with a commitment from Brown? Here is a bit of ESPN’s evaluation of him:
|Brown is an interesting prospect with his tall lengthy frame and shows some flashes of ability to work with. Has played mainly as a blocking tight end and more recently as an OG in his high schools offensive scheme and projected at OT he will need development in that role. We don’t see an early contributor and feel a red-shirt will be needed. Brown has some upside, but needs keep developing physically and as a player before he can consistently contribute and be considered a starter for a power conference program.|
|Junior Eval||STRENGTHS: Big and athletic. Demonstrates good burst and explosion off the ball. Displays very good playing strength. Has a lengthy frame with long arms that appears to be capable of supporting additional bulk. Has good quickness at the line of scrimmage. Finishes blocks with a high motor. … AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT: Needs to polish his technique in run and pass blocking; relies on his superior frame at this level. Lacks experience as a pure OT. … BOTTOM LINE: Brown is an aggressive finisher who can be a top-level prospect with increased strength and improved technique. Plays mainly as a blocking tight end but you can see his burst and athleticism. A projected tackle at the next level.|