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CJ Conrad Not Offered by OSU

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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.

Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

41 Comments for CJ Conrad Not Offered by OSU



  1. I Love It
    1:14 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Second paragraph, “feel”.



  2. Bobbum man
    1:34 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Why would one of our commitments not receiving an offer from OSU affect future recruiting for us? Makes no sense to me…..



    • Tom
      4:42 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Bingo!



    • WhyIsTheFootballSkyAlwaysFalling4Some
      5:36 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

      No doubt. There is NO negative side to his not receiving an offer from OSU, even if someone tries to dream one up. We all know how good Conrad is and that he wouldn’t have flipped with the offer. This is just OSU trying to criticize the one they want to dance with. When you got no shot, you try to play mind games.



  3. Adam
    1:37 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    2) “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.”

    I think you’ll find Kory’s opinion in this paragraph; it seems pretty clear why OSU not offering Conrad COULD affect another recruit’s decision. Not very hard to understand.



    • Bobbum man
      6:05 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      So you’ll are telling me he would maybe commit to kentucky because a player already committed to kentucky that he kinda became friends with didn’t receive an offer from osu? Yeah, makes perfect sense……



  4. Tangledupinblue
    2:08 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Korey you sound like an OSU fan . And who says Harris is leaning to Ohio St ?



    • bluegrassstu
      3:23 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Harris, according to 247 recruiting service is predicted by 70% of so called experts to choose OSU. Look it up. Two of his best friends committed recently. Hopefully Damien plays for UK. GO get him Stoops.



  5. Stoops troops
    2:11 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Hate that for him, but at the same time VERY relieved. Hopefully he will come here and use it as motivation to work his tail off and win the John Mackey award.



  6. bleedingblue
    2:42 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t think OSU was gonna offer when Conrad said that he was solid with UK and would not waver from that decision. Think that OSU got the picture with that ;-).
    Ya it may be kinda shitty for OSU not to offer the homestate kid who obviously one of the best if not the best TE’s in the country. This should motivate Conrad even more and try his best to get other recruits to follow him to the BBN.



    • bluegrassstu
      3:19 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      A kid from Kansas committed to OSU last night early in the camp, he had a better offer list than Conrad,plus Conrad did not have a great workout. He really wanted an offer, I feel bad for Conrad.



  7. Costa Rica
    3:11 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    The slant of this piece about Ohio State not offering him a scholly being a “punch in the face” is unnecessary.

    Was it a punch in the face, a slap in the face or a kick to the groin when UK didn’t offer a scholarship to Kentuckians Selden Mack or Greg Buckner who both went on to have excellent college careers and time in the NBA?

    Just report the good news and skip the histrionics.



    • Truth
      3:20 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      I agree. Sounds like Kory’s an OSU Football/UK Basketball two-shade fan. That would put him in the “Child molesters” of college sports fans.



    • Kory,Kory, Kory
      3:39 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Kory, you sound very disappointed C.J. is not going to Ohio State.



    • Kory Henry
      4:04 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      How did anyone come to the conclusion that I’m an OSU fan? HAHAHA

      I haven’t missed a UK home game since I was three years old (1993). That’s more games than a lot of people can say. I’m a bigger UK football fan than basketball to be honest. The point of the article is to show you how Mr. Meyer has been conducting his business. He is rejecting quite a lot of the local kids, even when they are some of their state’s best talents. As one comment has mentioned, many of the coaches and players have become frustrated with OSU’s lack of interest recently. It’s golden for Mark Stoops when this happens, but come on, he probably deserved an offer at least. I have enough confidence that our staff can keep Conrad in BBN, even if he did receive an offer. Conrad himself said he wasn’t going to the camp just for an offer, but it certainly was a shot at his confidence since they told him no.

      Ohio is wide open for Kentucky to sweep in and steal a lot of talented players, and they’ve been doing it since day 1. When some of your state’s best players are being ignored by the biggest university, they begin looking elsewhere. Conrad is a perfect example of this, and UK is beginning to capitalize. The ball is rolling.



    • bleedingblue
      2:48 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

      UK did offer Shelvin Mack when Billy G was hired, It was Tubby who didn’t want him.



  8. ohiocatfan
    3:23 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    I teach high school inthe Columbus area (Dublin) and there are some football coaches up here that are frustrated that Urban Meyer is not focusing enough on Ohio kids. Come up here and get em Stoops!



    • CatsBalls
      5:46 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Believe me, Urban Meyer is one of the greatest talent evaluators in college football. There is a reason he has not extended offers to many of these kids.



  9. John
    3:45 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    I really hope we can hang on to Conrad, and think he could potentially play as a freshman. I’m not going to be confident though until he signs. OSU could still offer him at anytime. Knowing that jerk Meyer, he will probably offer him the day before signing day when we have no backup options remaining!



  10. John
    4:06 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Do you really think urban Meyer gives two shits about Kentucky football?



    • arlo
      5:01 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      he didnt when he was at uf but he is actually competing with us now on the recruiting trail. so i think he does give 2 shits.



    • Stoopified
      5:18 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Kentucky is competing with Ohio State? Does Ohio State know this? They seem to be able to take whomever they want. We only get the ones they don’t want. I really doubt Ohio State cares, much less worries about UK.



    • clancyhat
      6:59 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      if not two, maybe one and a half …



    • And, So?
      9:44 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Urban Meyer. Big Deal. OSU underachieves every year, and this year will be no different. They can’t compete on the highest level, despite their talent. Does that tell you anything?



  11. Relieved
    4:20 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    What Kory failed to mention that one of the OSU coaches actually took off Conrad’s practice jersey to use as a penalty flag during the camp. That pissed ME off. While I’m glad he didn’t get that offer I feel that was a sh**ty move on their part. I hope Harris takes note of this.



    • ThatSaysAlotAboutTheirCoaches
      5:45 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

      Dude has to be bitter to do that with Conrad’s jersey. Had a douchebag coach like that once. Hope this coach feels some pain this year



  12. Tom
    4:55 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    So some high school coaches in Ohio are upset that Myer is getting more players on the state.
    He might now a little about what fits his needs better than these coaches.
    Since we appear the only school that recruits in the state of Ohio, that’s right isn’t it, we might get all we need.
    Didn’t we think that Georgia recruits were going to get us to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game?



    • But wait
      8:09 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Hey Tom the difference is that our classes with those Georgia kids were ranked 50-60 in the country. Stoops classes are now in in the teens and twenties. We now are getting similar athletes to those we are playing. If we can just keep it up another year or two we will have depth. This is not the same Kentucky.



    • ThoseGeorgiaKids
      5:49 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

      …the ones playing in the league, and others, got us within a few TDs and a TO of playing in Atlanta one year. Those who don’t remember that don’t matter



  13. Tom
    5:02 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Kory,
    Write about any damn thing you want.
    After reading some of the comments, it appears most of them are ‘wanta bes Mark Twains’.



  14. Urban Meyer
    5:28 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    Ohio State is a national program that recruits on a national level. They go after the best recruits, no matter where they are. They already have 4 of the top 10 players in Ohio this year so far, including the #1 player. UK’s best Ohio recruit is ranked #10. Florida even has a higher ranked Ohio recruit than UK. Don’t let yourself be fooled that you are hurting Ohio State recruiting.



    • Michael
      6:55 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      You’re right. UK is certainly hurting WVU, Cincy, and UL though.



    • Well
      7:09 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      WVU and Cincy anyway.



    • But wait
      8:12 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t leave out the Cards. Have we lost anyone to them yet? Seems like a lot of our guys had offers from them. The only decent players they are getting are those kicked out of other programs for drugs, guns, etc.



    • Underachievers Unite!
      9:40 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Every year Ohio State beats up the mediocre teams. Then they get to the end of the season and show they can’t beat real talent. Next year will be no different. Stay tuned…



  15. joe
    9:06 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

    The only players that UK is getting from Ohio are the ones that OSU doesn’t want. That is the point of the article and it’s very profound.



    • Oh Boy
      9:42 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      Yes OSU gets great players. And at year’s end they have little to show for it. But keep saying, Go Bucks!



    • Buckeye
      10:34 pm July 26, 2014 Permalink

      What do they have to show for it? Oh I don’t know. How about the most BCS appearances of any team? How many BCS bowl games did Ole Kentuk go to?



    • MostBCSAppearances
      5:54 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

      Lmao… never would have gotten them if they played in the SEC, as they showed time and again. Y’all ginna hang a banner in Columbus for that FEAT?! Gonna be the hoosiers of big tweleventeen football? Hahahahahahaha thank you for posting this!! We’re all getting a good laugh out of it



  16. bleedingblue
    2:54 pm July 27, 2014 Permalink

    Buckeye would Ohio St be in all those BCS games if they were competing in a competitive conference like the SEC?
    Seems last year they went to a BCS bowl game and got another loss. What OSU played 2 good teams all year and lost both?????



  17. troof
    9:41 am July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Per a GA at OSU, Meyer openly states to his staff that there are schools he will not recruit against (I’m assuming UK would be one of them). Last year, OSU was very high on 5 star safety Quin Blanding. Blanding committed to UVA pretty early in the process. Urban told his staff, “I don’t recruit against f*****g Virginia.” Just like that, all interest was lost. As soon as Conrad committed to UK, I’m sure his name was immediately pulled off the big board. Urban has had enough success to where he’s allowed to be hard headed like that.

    Now, I think OSU made a huge mistake. I believe Conrad will be the best TE in UK history. He is a different level kid, even as a rising senior in HS. He is one of the few kids who you should not judge by their offer list. Most teams only sign 1 TE per class, so all of the big, elite schools wait to see how the pieces fall. I’m assuming Conrad thought he should be within that elite, and got tired of waiting to be recruited by the big guys. Thus, Marrow convinced him UK was the place for him, and the rest is history. Stoops!