CJ Conrad Making Waves for Kentucky Wildcats Football


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Ever since Mark Stoops arrival to Lexington, the Kentucky Wildcats football program has been seen as one on the rise. And while his record throughout the first two seasons is not something to be proud of, the improvement in the talent and depth of this team has improved drastically. The latest example of this comes in the form of a true freshman who could start immediately and have a huge impact on the offensive side of the ball. That player is TE CJ Conrad, who has been making waves as an early enrollee at Kentucky this spring. In fact, some of the coaches and other players have taken notice of CJ Conrad. Check out what they had to say below.

“He’s going to be a really, really good player here for a long time.” -QB Patrick Towles

“I really think we struck gold with him. I’m not surprised, but I think our other staff, they’ve been surprised with where he’s at right now. CJ is every bit of what we wanted. And I think he’s done more.”-TE Coach Vince Marrow

“I’m very surprised by CJ Conrad; he’s physical, he catches everything. He’s a complete tight end and hopefully he’s gonna be the starter for us.” -RB Mikel Horton

“The sky is the limit.” -Head Coach Mark Stoops

Of course, it’s not just the Kentucky Wildcats players and coaches that have started taking notice of freshman TE CJ Conrad. Some nation outlets have started to label him as a freshman to watch in the SEC, even going as far as to say he will be a primary contributor throughout the 2015 football season. The latest of these outlets is the Bleacher Report and Featured Columnist Brad Shepard. Check out what he had to say about the freshman tight end below.

"Kentucky may have found its next Jacob Tamme, and his teammate is turning just as many heads this spring, too.Midterm enrollee CJ Conrad is impressing in Wildcat Country, living up to his billing as a 4-star prospect and the nation’s 11th-ranked tight end (according to the 247Sports composite rankings).The 6’5″, 245-pound LaGrange, Ohio, native represented yet another crucial recruiting win for coach Mark Stoops’ staff in that state and one that should pay off immediately.Conrad is the best all-around [TE] prospect, a true blocking threat and top target who will make the winner of Kentucky’s quarterback derby (likely Patrick Towles) extremely happy to have him as a safety valve."

Those are some hefty words for the young tight end to live up to. But, if CJ Conrad can come close to matching former Kentucky Wildcats TE Jacob Tamme’s production in his first year on campus, then look for his legend to begin to grow. Because anyone that knows football knows that a great receiving tight end can open up the passing game more than anything. And with the down field threats that this Kentucky Wildcats team now has, that could be a recipe for a fantastic offensive season. And with Mark Stoops defensive prowess, a bowl game could very well be in reach of the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats.

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