From the minute Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown step foot on campus, he has made Franklin County WR Ryan Timmons a top priority of the 2013 class. Brown has become a fixture in Franklin County, courting Timmons as much as possible in hopes of a commitment to Kentucky. And for good reason. Timmons is an explosive athlete who will immediately help the Wildcat offense wherever he is asked to line up. Timmons has been no stranger to Lexington, either. He has visited the Nutter Practice Facility three times (two unofficial visits, one official) to meet with Kentucky’s coaching staff. With Timmons growing up so close to the Kentucky campus, and Brown’s need for interchangeable athletes like Timmons in his offense, this seems like a match made in heaven for both parties. However, a slight monkey wrench was thrown into the equation when Timmons picked up offers from two of the most storied football programs in the nation: Ohio State and Florida. The offer from Florida is no surprise. Former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips, who recruited Timmons while at UK, coaches the Gator wide receivers and knows what type of talent Timmons possess. Ohio State is a little more puzzling, though. Timmons has longed coveted an offer from the Buckeyes, and it finally comes with less than three weeks to signing day. Timmons takes an official visit to Florida on Feb. 1st, but many expect Timmons to ultimately choose between Kentucky and Ohio State.
What could hurt UK in landing Timmons
Timmons recently expressed his desire to play running back in whatever offense he chooses. Running back is probably the deepest position on Kentucky’s roster and I believe that Brown has plans to play Timmons in a slot-WR role until the position is less crowded. Besides that, a commitment from Deland (FL) RB Jojo Kemp could also cause Timmons to second guess the Wildcats. If Kemp commits, it will increase the competition at an already log-jammed running back spot.
What could hurt Ohio State in landing Timmons
Offering Timmons a scholarship so late is the main thing that could hurt the Buckeyes. Timmons has said publicly that there are “no hard feelings” regarding the late offer, but that could be just talk. Ohio State has a pretty deep running back group returning as well, with the #11 overall RB (ESPN) already committed to the Buckeyes. Ohio State also recently gained a commitment from 4-star JUCO WR Corey Smith. The last thing Timmons wants to do is get lost on a deep Ohio State roster. Kentucky offers him more assurance of, if not immediate, eventual playing time.
Timmons is set to make his decision on February 5th at 1:00 pm EST at his high school in Frankfort.