This weekend all of the BBN’s attention is on the Wade Twins and Kiyaunta Goodwin. Mark Stoops’ coaching staff is far from finished with the 2022 recruiting class. They have their sights set on a couple dozen more players, including a physical tight end from the Buckeye State.
Josh Kattus is a 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end at Cincinnati Moeller High School. Considered a three-star prospect, he holds offers from more than 20 schools, including Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Maryland and Michigan, his father’s alma mater. Eric Kattus was actually a team captain for the Wolverines and an All-Big Ten tight end after catching eight touchdown passes from Jim Harbaugh back in 1985.
Despite the ties to Michigan, Vince Marrow has made significant moves to bring Kattus to Kentucky. It would not be an unprecedented move by the Big Dog. Another Cincinnati Moeller tight end, Brenden Bates, was well on his way to a breakthrough season in 2020 until he was sidelined by an injury.
Bates is expected to be a big part of the offense this fall, just as one recruiting analyst expects Kattus to end up at Kentucky. Steve Wiltfong, 247’s National Director of Recruiting, recently logged a Crystal Ball pick for Kattus to Kentucky. Liam Coen’s offense is certainly appealing to tight ends, while Kattus’ physicality fits the culture at UK.
As you’ll see in his highlight tape, Kattus is rarely taken down by just one defender. Opponents bounce off the big guy’s pads, while he maintains balance and keeps his legs pumping to get yards after the catch. Unlike Bates at the high school level, Kattus has shown he has the ability to line up as an H-back and serve as a lead blocker, something that could come in handy if he makes his way to Lexington. Keep an eye on the name Josh Kattus over the next few months.