Running back appears to be the lone position where it’s tough to get a good read on where Kentucky stands in potentially signing one.
Of the 10 commitments from the class of 2022, none of them are running backs. There are four “athlete” prospects committed: Treyveon Longmire, Destin Wade, Alex Afari, and Jeremiah Caldwell, although they all figure to fill in on defense, wide receiver, or maybe even quarterback in the case of Wade. Luckily for Kentucky, the current roster is loaded with a deep group of running backs, led by one of the nation’s best in Chris Rodriguez. So the need to add a running back from the class of 2022 isn’t exactly a necessity for new position coach John Settle, but that doesn’t mean the coaching staff doesn’t want to add one.
A potential prospect to keep an eye on is Ramon Brown, a four-star talent who plays for Manchester High School over in Midlothian, VA. On Wednesday, the 5-foot-11, 202-pound running back dropped a list of his top seven preferred schools with Kentucky making the cut. Joining the ‘Cats are Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Penn State, and West Virginia.
UK extended an offer to Brown all the way back in September of 2020.
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Brown is a hot commodity this summer. He’s already scheduled five official visits in June to see West Virginia, South Carolina, Penn State, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. So far, Kentucky and Virginia are the only two from his top seven not to have an official visit lined up, but that doesn’t mean the ‘Cats are out of the race and won’t get him on campus sometime down the road.
Brown recently told Brian Dohn of 247 Sports that he wants to go see both Virginia and Kentucky once the in-person dead period is lifted on June 1. His plan is to make a decision sometime in July.
“Kentucky is an SEC school and I can see myself playing there,” Brown told 247 Sports. “Virginia is right around the corner from me. (Running back) coach (Mark) Atuaia and coach (Bronco) Mendenhall, they have all been real with me since Day One.”
Ranked as a top 25 running back in the nation and a top 10 player from the state of Virginia by both Rivals and 247 Sports, Brown is an incredibly gifted back who rushed for 14 touchdowns and over 800 yards during a seven-game junior season slate. Judging from his tape, speed and elusiveness are his key traits. Once Brown gets into open space, good luck catching him in a foot race. He knows how to make would-be tacklers miss without losing his momentum while his frame and strength allow him to break free once someone does manage to get a hand on him.
A Crystal Ball pick was logged for Brown in favor of Penn State the morning before he announced his top seven, but it was accompanied by a confidence score of just five. He’s reportedly built a good relationship with the Nittany Lions running back coach, Ja’Juan Seider.
Let’s hope the UK coaching staff can get him to Lexington before the decision date arrives.