Kentucky gets commitment from four-star lineman

broberts@herald-leader.comJuly 30, 2013 

Kentucky bounced back in a big way Tuesday with a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Nick Richardson.

A day after losing out on another offensive lineman — three-star Ohio native Brady Taylor — lead recruiter Vince Marrow added an even more highly touted prospect.

Rivals.com considers Richardson the No. 19 offensive tackle and No. 202 overall player in the class of 2014. He's also considered the No. 7 prospect from the state of Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound recruit plays for Westerville Central High School in Westerville, Ohio.

Richardson is UK's 22nd commitment for the class of 2014, and the eighth from the Buckeye State. Marrow, a Youngstown native, has been the primary recruiter for all eight players.

The Cats now have the Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 29, 32 and 34 players from Ohio, according to Rivals.

Rivals.com lists Richardson as a four-star prospect. Scout.com, ESPN and 24/7 Sports all consider Richardson a three-star prospect. He recently mentioned Indiana, Michigan State, Mississippi and Vanderbilt as the four other schools that were high on his list. All of those programs extended scholarship offers, as did several other BCS schools.

Richardson is the third offensive lineman in UK's recruiting class, joining Jarrett LaRubbio and Derrick Kelly.

Richardson is the sixth player on Rivals Top 250 list to commit to UK. The other five are running back Stanley "Boom" Williams (96), quarterback Drew Barker (117), running back Mikel Horton (131), safety Darius West (185) and wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass (205).

Among Southeastern Conference teams, Georgia leads the way with nine Rivals 250 prospects. Next are Tennessee, Alabama and LSU with eight each, then Kentucky and Texas A&M with six each.

With Richardson's pledge, new UK coach Mark Stoops passed Rich Brooks for number of commitments from four-star players at the school.

Stoops now has 10 four-star commitments in less than one year on the job. Brooks had nine in his entire tenure.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com. Herald-Leader sports columnist John Clay contributed to this article.

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