The big news out of Ohio St’s Friday Night Lights camp last night was that Kentucky commit, CJ Conrad, left without an offer from his home school. Prior to the camp, CJ had made it known that he wasn’t attending the camp to earn an offer from Ohio St., but who could blame him. Being from Ohio, it’s an honor to at least have an offer on the table to attend the state’s most successful football program. However, when it was all said and done, CJ was told by one of OSU’s assistants that he would not be receiving an offer from them.
While that is great news for Kentucky, you have to feel bad for the kid. Conrad is the 8th-ranked tight end in his class, and it has to be a punch in the face to not even get offered a scholarship from a school you grew up watching. How will this affect future recruiting for Mark Stoops? Well it certainly doesn’t hurt. Ohio has been an immediate pipeline since day one of the Stoops era, and OSU’s decision to turn their back on Conrad may solidify that pipeline even more. It’s hard to think that Conrad wouldn’t have flipped at some point if an offer had been made. Thankfully, that isn’t the case now. OSU did receive a prior commitment from another tight end right before camp began, but is only rated as a 3-star. Luckily for UK, that may have played a major role in how this all went down.
This may even help out with Damien Harris, who became very close friends with Conrad while they both spent time in Oregon. Harris is currently leaning towards Ohio St., but will this change his opinion of Urban Meyer’s coaching staff? Only time will tell. Hopefully this will not only impact one recruits decision, but more.