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CJ Conrad camping at Ohio State this weekend

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Four-star tight end CJ Conrad is one of UK’s highest-ranked commitments so far in the 2015 class, but this weekend, he’ll attend the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State.

Conrad says his commitment to UK is still firm and he’s spoken to the UK staff about attending the camp, but this should still make UK fans slightly nervous. Conrad is from Lagrange, Ohio, and if he picks up an offer from the Buckeyes this weekend, there’s a chance he could flip his commitment. In fact, 247 Sports’ Dave Biddle says he’s a “prime candidate” to flip to the Buckeyes, and after an impressive performance at The Opening earlier this month, an offer will probably come his way.

Stay with us, CJ…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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52 Comments for CJ Conrad camping at Ohio State this weekend

  1. He Gone
    11:09 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    “Ohio State had been trying to get me to come to their camps back in June,” Conrad told Eleven Warriors. “Tonight we decided we’d go to Friday Night Lights. I sat down and talked it over with my family. They’ve been really pushing me to go, so I’m going for it.”

    His family is pushing for him to go? Uh-oh.

  2. Catlogic15
    11:12 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Yep, probably won’t see him in blue if the family is pushing OSU.

  3. KentuckyFred
    11:16 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    He ain’t gonna flip when he can come play in the SEC and be amongst the best players in the country and playing against the best teams in the country and pick up a sec title! Stoops and co. Dunn gone and tooken over the state of ohio!

    • Logic
      11:24 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      The problem with your statement is that while he may be amongst the best players in the country at Kentucky, they are on the opposite side of the ball. He’ll be getting his tail handed to him by the best players in the country. It’s one thing to play on a team of champions (most of the SEC, but not Kentucky), it’s a completely different thing to be the tackling dummy for a team of champions.

    • KentuckyFred
      11:32 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      If Kentucky were in the b10 they’d go undefeated every year with the sec talent we got

    • BigTen
      11:38 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      You had a hard enough time beating Indiana and they are a bottom feeder of the BigTen. A bottom feeder is a bottom feeder no matter if you’re in the SEC or the BigTen.

    • KentuckyFred
      11:42 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Please…kentucky would mop the floor with the big ten. Kentucky gettin recruits with talent and wouldn’t give osu the time of day. Stoops troops dun takin over

    • BigTen
      11:46 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Let’s see. The last time UK played Indiana (2005), Indiana beat up Kentucky 38-14. That same year Indiana was 1-7 in BigTen conference play. Yep, sounds like UK would have wiped the floor with the BigTen.

    • Rei
      11:49 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      The only time Ohio State beat a SEC school they cheated to do it lol.

    • NCAA
      11:55 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      REI, The same thing could be said about Kentucky and will probably be said again in a couple years.

    • BigTen
      12:00 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      I believe our winning % in bowl games since the SEC championship streak started is somewhere in the 33% range. Pretty awesome.

    • Rei
      12:07 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Big 10 sucks, Louisville sucks. Maybe one day UL will have a title in football and the Big 10 can compete.

    • SEC
      12:13 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Well, 33% is far better than Kentucky’s win percentage against the SEC.

    • Truth
      10:24 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      “Logic” and “Big10” bringing the ghey to this thread. Nice job, girls. Oh..and “SEC” making an appearance. Freaking Louisville troll.

    • Big Ten Going Down
      7:51 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Big Ten posted:

      “Let’s see. The last time UK played Indiana (2005), Indiana beat up Kentucky 38-14.”

      Selective statistics much?

      Here are the ten games before that one:

      2004 Kentucky 51, Indiana 32
      2003 Kentucky 34, Indiana 17
      2002 Kentucky 27, Indiana 17
      2001 Indiana 26, Kentucky 15
      2000 Kentucky 41, Indiana 34
      1999 Kentucky 44, Indiana 35
      1998 Kentucky 31, Indiana 27
      1997 Kentucky 49, Indiana 7
      1996 Kentucky 3, Indiana 0
      1995 Kentucky 17, Indiana 10

      That’s a 9-1 record over 10 games.

      Those Indiana teams Kentucky beat had wins against Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, and Illinois.

      And that 2001 Indiana team that managed their only win in 10 years against Kentucky also beat Wisconsin 63-32, Northwestern 56-21 and Michigan State 37-28.

      But focus on that one game and ignore the others, the same way you ignore games like these, going back to that same period:

      LSU 21, Iowa 14, 2014 Outback Bowl
      South Carolina 33, Michigan 28, 2013 Outback Bowl
      South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24, 2013 Capital One Bowl
      Georgia 45, Nebraska 31, 2012 Capital One Bowl
      South Carolina 30, Nebraska 13, 2012 Capital One Bowl
      Florida 24, Ohio State 17, 2012 Gator Bowl
      Florida 37, Penn State 24, 2011 Outback Bowl
      Alabama 49, Michigan State 7, 2011 Capital One Bowl
      Mississippi State 52, Michigan 14, 2011 Gator Bowl
      Auburn 38, Northwestern 35, 2010 Outback Bowl
      Georgia 24, Michigan State 12, 2009 Capital One Bowl
      Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 17, 2008 OUtback Bowl
      LSU 38, Ohio State 24, 2007 BCS Championship Game
      Florida 41, Ohio State 14, 2006 BCS Championship Game
      Florida 31, Iowa 24, 2006 Outback Bowl
      Georgia 24, Wisconsin 21, 2005 Outback Bowl
      Georgia 34, Purdue 27, 2004 Capital One Bowl
      Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14, 2003 Music City Bowl
      Auburn 13, Penn State 9, 2003 Capital One Bowl
      South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28, 2002 Outback Bowl
      LSU 47, Illinois 34, 2002 Sugar Bowl
      Tennessee 45, Michigan 17, 2002 Capital One Bowl
      Florida 56, Maryland 23, 2002 Orange Bowl
      South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7, 2001 Outback Bowl
      Georgia 28, Purdue 25, 2000 Outback Bowl
      Georgia 33, Wisconsin 6, 1998 Outback Bowl
      Florida 21, Penn State 6, 1998 Capital One Bowl
      Alabama 17, Michigan 14, 1997 Outback Bowl
      Tennessee 48, Northwestern 28, 1997 Capital One Bowl
      Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14, 1996 Capital One Bowl
      Alabama 24, Ohio State 17, 1994 Capital One Bowl

      Maybe some day the Big Ten will be competitive. Until then…

  4. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Alec
    11:21 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    You’re great Mrs. TT but I’m not a fan of the way you worded this and put the speculation out there like he might flip. Let me tell you why he won’t. Stoops and Marrows whole pitch to this guy was look, you are our guy. If you go to ohio state who already has 3 or 4 tight ends you’ll just be another guy. Comer here where you will be THE tight end, get great looks in the air raid, play with Drew Barker, and you are in the SEC.

    Not a chance he flips.

  6. Dutch
    11:26 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    let him flip! If you have a guy that commits and then de commits I would not want him on my team anyway. There’s not much to someone that does not live up to their word…good luck with the buckeyes…you will watch from the sidelines there!

    • wait what
      11:30 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Are you saying he’s not good enough to start at Ohio State, but he’s good enough to be a star at Kentucky? What does that say about UK’s players? Move along, troll.

    • Interesting thought
      12:09 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      So you’re telling me that you have no interest in UK potentially adding Damien Harris because he committed to Michigan originally?

  7. Recruiter
    11:27 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    One recruiting analyst says this: “Conrad is coming to OSU for one reason: to get a Buckeye offer. If he gets it, he’s going to be a Buckeye. Maybe not immediately, but eventually. Mark that down.”

  8. Bisquick
    11:38 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    He’s gonna flip like a pancake

  9. Mc
    11:39 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    If he wants to play tight end and then murder a bunch of people, Meyer will help get him there.

    11:43 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    I feel that if he flips, Damien Harris is heading north also.

      11:48 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

      I think that is a given, regardless of Conrad.

  11. StuckatWork
    11:47 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget the allure of Ohio State Football to Ohio kids. It’s like Bama football or UK basketball. Every kid dreams of wearing the Scarlet and Gray as a kid. He loves UK’s coaches, but tough to turn down your childhood dream. Plus, OSU has been shot down by 3-4 top tight ends. They need one desperately in this class and will be pressuring him to commit. Next year’s class from Ohio is loaded with tight ends, but not this year. Let’s hope he ends up in Blue and White…..HUGE talent.

    11:56 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Let him go to UK OSU dont need him! Hes not good enough to play at OSU anyway! We loaded anyways! We wont even miss him! We OSU!

    11:58 am July 25, 2014 Permalink

    And you guys can have your boy D harris! We dont need any Kentucky fball players! #JOKE We always have a load at running back anyways! #UKAJOKE

    • BluegrassBuckeye
      12:02 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      While you make some valid points please try use somewhat proper grammar you’re making the fan base look bad.

    • Mc
      12:04 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      I feel bad for the Big 10 that only a couple of the teams can recruit well making it extremely top heavy. The #’s don’t lie. This is why the # of NFL players from the conference is dropping, the reason Urban Meyer calls out other coaches in the conference, and why the conference has about a 33% winning percentage in bowl games over the past 8 years or so since the SEC streak. The conference is at an all-time low in football and won’t get much respect until this is fixed which will be difficult at schools not in the top two-three in that conference.

      My Ohio State friends agree with this.

    • @mc
      12:09 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Typical UK football fan boasting about conference strength because it’s about the only thing you can boast about. Good luck with baby stoops…

    • SEC
      12:18 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      @Mc. Yeah the SEC isn’t top heavy at all (sarcasm). Meanwhile, SunBelt teams are dominating against the SEC bottom tier.

    • Mc
      1:00 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      The conference has produced in bowl games winning about 68% since the streak started which is far better than any conference. They have multiple teams that can compete at random points. Most conferences have the typical Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan States, or USC and Oregon, Texas and Oklahoma’s, but it’s rare the other schools push for the BCS. The SEC has seen schools like Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, TX A&M (who got a boost in recruiting when joining the SEC), Arkansas, and LSU They recruit at a much higher clip than other conferences. It has produces a lot more NFL players since then, and also had the most pro-bowlers.

      Not once did I say UK was any good at football. However, if they continue recruiting well, they will be competitive. They are in year 2 of a recruiting overhaul, and would rank in the top 2-3 if they were in other conferences not named the SEC. Like it or not, if the recruiting success continues, they will be another solid team in this conference.

      Recruits see how the conference is producing NFL players which is clearly shown in recruiting successes. Just look at Ole Miss last season.

      Urban Meyer knows this. A lot of people do.

    • Urban Meyer
      1:20 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      @Mc. You have a valid recruiting point about the SEC. However, CJ Conrad isn’t committed to the SEC, he’s committed to Kentucky. You seem to want to make Kentucky and the SEC be the same thing. While the SEC sends large numbers of recruits to the NFL, Kentucky does not. While the SEC has a few great teams and several good teams, Kentucky is not one of them. The point in most of these comments, throughout the entire thread, is that Kentucky likes to jump on the coat tails of SEC success, but has none themselves.

    • Mc
      1:35 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      While I agree that a lot of Kentucky football fans jump on the coat tails of SEC success, I also believe this is common in other conferences where fans of bottom-feeders cheer on the teams at the top of that conference.

      However, I also believe that the recruiting success of the SEC, has now flowed over to Kentucky. When Stoops pulls in a top 20 class and follows it up with another after a 2-10 season, something is happening. So now, players like Conrad are choosing Kentucky to be a part of the SEC success, and for a better opportunity at playing time.

      If this trend continues for a couple of more seasons, Kentucky will be competitive, and will be just as good as most top 5 or 6 teams from other conferences. Whether you see it now or not, recruiting pitches that Kentucky is in the SEC, and that playing time will be there is working.

      TX A&M’s recruiting success in the past 2 seasons shows this. They can sell the SEC to Texas High School players.

      Ole Miss has made a big jump. Kentucky is recruiting well. Tennessee is recruiting well again. This is why Kentucky can be top 30 overall in recruiting, and still be in second to last in the conference recruiting.

    • Scout
      1:46 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      He hasn’t followed up a top 20 class with another top 20 class. What’s today’s date? When is signing day?

    • Mc
      2:56 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      *is in the process of following up a top 20 class with another. Thank you.

      Not many teams from other conferences can go 2-10 and do what they’re doing now. We’ll come back to this after signing day. Either way, it’s impressive, and a positive trend. You can’t argue that.

    • Big Ten Going Down
      7:23 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      “While the SEC sends large numbers of recruits to the NFL, Kentucky does not.”

      Compared to a lot of Big Ten schools, Kentucky does pretty well at that.

      And with these past two classes, plus the next one, Kentucky will surpass other Big Ten schools at it.

      Then what will you say? That SEC schools only beat Big Ten schools by an average of 4 TDs in bowl games?

  14. bluegrassstu
    12:02 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Conrad to osu is very real, Brown to the gators, Stump visiting Stanford (?), and Harris to where? Oregon? Osu? UK? Doesn’t sound like a good couple of days coming up for our Cats. Oh and Louisville aka loserville sucked yesterday and they suck even more so today.

  15. Bill
    12:06 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    Let these kids take their visits without getting upset about it. If he were my son I would want him to check out schools with his allotted visits. It is an educational experience not many of us were afforded. This is a really bright young man. I think he has an offer from Harvard. My point is he won’t be easily swayed by questionable promises, and I doubt if his parents will make a choice for him. He’s said he has found a fit with UK. I believe him.

    • Mark Stoops
      12:21 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Please don’t talk about swaying people with questionable promises. Signed – Mark Stoops.

  16. Merriam Webster
    12:07 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    You mean proper grammar like “please try use somewhat proper grammar”? Lol, I think you could use your own advice.

    • Merriam Webster
      12:08 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Oops meant to reply to bluegrass buckeye^^

    • Rei
      12:08 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      Right back at you.

  17. gordonm
    12:11 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    latest Ohio St football news:

    Ohio State University Marching Band Director Fired Over ‘Sexualized’ Culture

  18. Let's be honest
    12:12 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    The only thing we contribute to the SEC is an opponent on homecoming and senior day…

  19. Jack Nicklaus
    12:25 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    One important aspect to remember: most NFL teams have morphed their TEs into big slot receivers (i.e. Gronkowski, V. Davis, J. Graham). Having a TE that can run routes and catch passes is becoming just as important, if not more, than being able to run block well. From what I have read, Conrad is very skilled at running routes/receiving. UK’s offense would be more attractive to him in this regard than OSU’s, I would think. If he has his eyes on NFL, then maybe UK’s offense would get him more prepared to be that route running/receiving TE. Just a thought.

  20. joe
    4:24 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

    I think Urban Meyer’s past success with tight ends speaks for itself.

    Conrad has always wanted to go to OSU. But OSU has never offered. If they would have offered 3 months ago he would have walked to Columbus just like 90 percent of the other kids in ohio would to play for the buckeyes. Stoops and Marrow didn’t convince him of anything other than go to uk over Indiana (his other big offer if you call it that).

    He was told from the get go to camp at OSU and prove his self. Initially it pissed him off but he’s evidently came to his senses.

    And exactly how has recruiting second tier slow big ten players (as referenced by the SEC) great recruiting. You have received commitments and signed kids OSU, penn st., michigan, and michigan state didn’t want. But you are supposed to be better? What because you are associated with people that are good. No. Kentucky football is terrible and always will be.

    Harris will be next and if they miss on a couple receivers; watch out for Stump to flip too.

    • Truth
      10:27 pm July 25, 2014 Permalink

      False..every bit of it. Now get off mom’s computer. I can smell the fear eminating from your diaper.

    • Jailbirds?
      7:07 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      “I think Urban Meyer’s past success with tight ends speaks for itself.”

      Are you referring to Aaron Hernandez?

    • Big Ten Going Down
      7:20 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      “You have received commitments and signed kids OSU, penn st., michigan, and michigan state didn’t want.”

      You know the Big Ten homers are upset when they come on here squawking and saying things that a quick peek at Rivals or 24/7 shows to be completely false.

      In last year’s class alone, Thaddeus Snodgrass, Tymere Dubose, Jared Tucker, Darius West, Kendall Randolph and Nick Richardson had offers from Michigan State. Matt Elam, Jared Tucker and Denzel Ware had offers from Ohio State. Darius West had an offer from Penn State. Any of those programs would have jumped at the chance to sign Drew Barker if they thought they had a decent shot.

      Stanley Williams, Nico Firios, Kobie Walker, Mike Edwards, Darius West and Jarrett LaRubbio were offered by Wisconsin. LaRubbio and Edwards also had offers from Nebraska, and so did T.V. Williams. Williams and Darius West had offers from Iowa.

      Get used to it, Big Ten homers. The best athletes are going to be less and less interested in playing in your slow, cold weather, unimaginative conference, or playing for Big Ten schools that routinely get punished in bowl games by SEC teams.