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CJ Conrad on KSR: “(Stoops and Marrow) think Ohio is a part of Kentucky now”

Kentucky’s newest addition to its 2015 recruiting class, CJ Conrad, was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning with Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond to discuss his decision to become a Cat. Conrad told the guys he visited campus twice before verbally committing to UK and it felt like home both times he was in town.

Conrad also credited his close relationship with tight ends coach Vince Marrow, along with Mark Stoops. “They consider Ohio part of Kentucky now,” he said of UK’s new recruiting strategy. “They had a lot of success in 2014 and now it’s carrying over to 2015.”

Marrow and Stoops sold him on UK’s pass-heavy offense, playing in the SEC, and the opportunity for immediate playing time, he says.

Drew Barker also played a huge role in the recruitment of Conrad. The four-star tight end said Barker recruited him just as much as the coaches did and he looks forward to playing with Barker at Kentucky.

“Barker is a really good player. I went to practice and he was really good,” said Conrad. “It’s nice to know I’m going to have a really good quarterback the years I’m going to be there.”

We’ll have audio of the entire interview on the website later today.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for CJ Conrad on KSR: “(Stoops and Marrow) think Ohio is a part of Kentucky now”



  1. cracka
    12:08 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    urban meyer now has to deal with somebody tell his recruits “come play in the sec” and he can’t match it, love it … cannot stand osu



    • Bubba
      12:34 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Except he didn’t have an offer from OSU. Kentucky is definitely not hurting Ohio State recruiting.



    • BillDozer
      12:37 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      I agree Bubba. UK may be able to steal 1 or 2 guys away from OSU over the course of 3-4 years but its not gonna happen much. If it does then its a kid like Conrad who is good enough for an OSU offer but was slow played until January when their other options went elsewhere. That year long relationship with UK would trump the desperate 11th hour pitch from OSU.

      What we are doing is hurting all BIG 10 schools not named OSU/Michigan.



    • Ed
      12:44 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Agreed. We’re stealing kids mostly from Michigan State and Nebraska.



    • Buckeye
      12:46 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      So you think a 0-16 SEC team is challenging Ohio State in recruiting? Ohio State had the #3 class last year. They had the #2 class the year before that. By the way, when does Marcelys Jones or his Glenville teammates plan to enroll at Kentucky? Tell me more about that.



    • cracka
      1:35 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      i didn’t say we beat out osu for this guy …

      i can’t stand osu and couldn’t tell you one player on their roster … they may already have 10 te’s for all i know … i don’t care … this guy may not fit their system or whatever excuse you wanna say, but i bet urban would like to keep the rivals 250 guys in ohio in the state to go to osu



    • BillDozer
      1:50 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Buckeye….No, a 0-16 SEC team isnt challenging OSU in recruiting, but they are going to head to head with the Big 10 Champs and beating them consistently.



    • Buckeye
      2:02 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Cracka, Ohio State goes after the best recruits that fit their needs, wherever they are. They can’t keep the Rivals 250 guys in state, there isn’t that much room on the roster after getting players from all over the country. So I doubt Urban really cares about UK.



    • Jeffrey
      4:35 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      But he was still being recruited by OSU, so an offer wasn’t out of the picture.



    • Buckeye
      5:38 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Oh brother. Sure if it makes you feel better. Ohio State sends out hundreds of letters to possible recruits. So I guess you can say they recruit hundreds of players, even though they have no intention of signing them. That is, of course, unless the sky falls and they don’t get their first several choices, then maybe they fall back down the line to this kid.



    • Jeffrey
      7:35 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      If it makes me feel better? If it isn’t much of a big deal, then why are you here? Why are you damage controlling? It seems like to me you’re trying to make yourself feel better. Regardless, I’m sure Mr urban wouldnt mind having a top 200 rated kid on his team, especially one from the state.



    • Buckeye
      9:34 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      Only if that recruit is the best available and fills a need. I’m not sure you understand how recruiting works at a high level. We don’t just sign someone because we can.



  2. It's not rocket science
    12:19 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Immediate playing time. Every recruit is getting promised immediate playing time. This is the 3rd class of Stoops. You can’t promise 25 players, 75 total in three years, immediate playing time. Those that were promised immediate playing time who aren’t going to get it this year will begin the transfer onward.

    This coaching staff can’t be making promises they can’t keep. There is 11 positions on each side of the ball. There will be some pi**ed off players come fall.



    • BillDozer
      12:34 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      When you only have 1 other scholarship TE when you get on campus….there is immediate playing time.



    • cracka
      12:37 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      step off the ledge there … it says “the opportunity for immediate playing time”

      and yeah, do you know our te situation … he’s not coming in behind a bunch of te’s to redshirt a year, he’s definitely going to have the opportunity to play soon



    • Bubba
      12:49 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      “The opportunity for immediate playing time”? Don’t all schools offer that?



    • Details
      2:46 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      It says “opportunity for immediate playing time,” not “starting position” or “guaranteed playing time.” Most true freshmen come in and red shirt for a year before they see the field in real games so they really don’t get immediate playing time. He has plenty of opportunity to play right away even if he’s not a starter his freshman year given the lack of depth at TE.



  3. Nate44
    12:46 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

    Immediate playing time doesn’t mean a starting position. If their good enough Coach will find a place and a time on the field for them. Don’t be ignorant.



    • Bubba
      12:50 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      How is that different from any other program?



    • The difference
      1:35 pm May 12, 2014 Permalink

      The difference is that say Alabama, for example, may have some fifth year guys with years of big time playing experience in big games. And more behind them on the depth chart. So yeah, you could say that there is opportunity to beat them out as a freshman but it is a little different than the opportunity here. Almost all of our playmakers are guys Stoops has brought in and we still have a lot of gaps in talent and lack of depth.