Kentucky gets commitment from 6-foot-8 offensive lineman

broberts@herald-leader.comJanuary 23, 2014 

Offensive lineman Josh Krok committed to the University of Kentucky on Thursday. (Rivals.com photo)

Coach Mark Stoops is getting closer and closer to filling out his first full recruiting class at Kentucky.

Stoops picked up another commitment Thursday, this one from 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive lineman Josh Krok.

The three-star prospect from Niles, Ohio, was previously committed to West Virginia, but he took an official visit to Lexington over the weekend and that trip was enough to flip his pledge to the Wildcats.

Rivals.com ranks Krok as the No. 39 offensive tackle in the Class of 2014 and the No. 23 senior from the state of Ohio, which UK has hit hard since Stoops and lead recruiter Vince Marrow — both natives of Youngstown — joined the program.

The addition of Krok means Kentucky now has commitments from seven of the top 25 seniors in Ohio, according to the Rivals.com rankings. Ohio State also has seven commitments from the top 25. No other school has more than two pledges.

In all, 11 of Kentucky's 26 commitments for next season are from the Buckeye State.

Stoops has vowed to sign 28 players to this class. UK is holding one of the two remaining spots for John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam, who is planning an unofficial visit to Lexington for this weekend.

Elam — a five-star recruit according to 247Sports — is scheduled to choose either Kentucky or Alabama on Feb. 5, though a decision could come before that date.

Other candidates to fill out UK's class include Seneca defensive end Lloyd Tubman, Alabama center Jervontius Stallings and Florida offensive tackle Derrick Kelly, who was once committed to the Wildcats but now has offers from several top Southeastern Conference schools.

Krok is the third offensive lineman to join UK's recruiting class for 2014. The other two — Nick Richardson and Jarrett LaRubbio — are also from Ohio.

The Wildcats are now tied with Texas for the No. 13 recruiting class in the country, according to the Rivals.com team rankings.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216.Twitter: @NextCats.Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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