Looking ahead: Ten UK targets to watch in Class of 2015

broberts@herald-leader.comFebruary 5, 2014 

There's no time to rest on the recruiting trail, and the Kentucky football coaching staff has already started working on its Class of 2015.

The Cats have early commitments from three-star defensive backs Montrell Custis of Georgia and Marcus Walker of Florida, and Coach Mark Stoops is expected to sign a full class of 25 players.

Here's a look at 10 other players with UK offers for the Class of 2015 who are worth keeping an eye on leading up to next year's signing day (all rankings from Rivals.com):

George Asafo-Adjei, offensive guard: Several Big Ten schools are interested in the three-star prospect from West Chester, Ohio, but UK is the first BCS-level program to offer a scholarship.

Asafo-Adjei — a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder — attends the same school as UK signee Mikel Horton and has shown interest in teaming up with him again in Lexington.

He is the No. 28 offensive guard in the junior class.

Eli Brown, linebacker: The Warren East standout is considered the No. 2 junior in the state of Kentucky.

Brown, who decommitted from Vanderbilt during the season, is high on UK's list and would be an important local pickup for the Wildcats.

He's ranked as the No. 98 overall junior in the country and the No. 7 outside linebacker in his class.

George Brown, offensive tackle: The four-star prospect from Cincinnati already has scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the country, but UK is expected to be a major player.

Brown — a 6-6, 250-pounder from the same Cincinnati high school as UK signee Mike Edwards — is the No. 12 offensive tackle and No. 115 overall player in the class.

He has offers from Louisiana State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Penn State, Oklahoma and several others.

Nick Conner, linebacker: Another Ohio prospect with substantial interest from Big Ten programs, Conner is a top candidate to end up in Lexington.

He is considered the No. 7 inside linebacker in the class and the No. 223 overall junior in the country. Cincinnati and West Virginia are among his other early offers.

C.J. Conrad, tight end: At 6-5 and 220 pounds, the La Grange, Ohio, prospect will provide a big target for his college quarterback.

Conrad watched future UK quarterback Drew Barker's performance in last month's nationally televised Army All-American Bowl and tweeted during the game that he couldn't wait to visit Kentucky.

He's considered a four-star prospect and the No. 5 tight end in the Class of 2015.

Darius Fullwood, defensive end: The 6-5, 245-pound recruit from Olney, Md., attends the same high school as UK signee Kobie Walker and has emerged as a priority target for UK.

Fullwood — a four-star player and the No. 20 strongside defensive end in the class — recently announced a top five of UK, Virginia Tech, Penn State, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech.

A scholarship offer last month from Ohio State could shake up his recruitment.

Damien Harris, running back: The No. 1 running back in the Class of 2015 plays his high school football less than 40 miles from Commonwealth Stadium.

Harris — considered the No. 5 overall junior nationally — stars for Madison Southern and will be a top contender for Mr. Football honors next season.

The 5-foot-11 prospect recently decommitted from Michigan but still has high interest in the Wolverines. UK will stay involved in his recruitment until the end, as will several national powers.

Luke Hiers, center: The four-star lineman from Lake Wales, Fla., is a high school teammate of UK commitment Marcus Walker.

He recently announced a top five of UK, Nebraska, Mississippi State, N.C. State and South Florida, but the Wildcats are widely viewed as the favorite.

He's ranked as the No. 2 center and No. 209 overall prospect in the junior class.

Justin Hilliard, linebacker: Landing a commitment from the Cincinnati St. Xavier star would be a major coup for UK, but it won't be easy.

Hilliard is ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the class and already has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and just about every other major program in the country.

UK has made a good early impression, but it will be tough to turn that into a commitment.

Elijah Sindelar, quarterback: Caldwell County's star player has publicly stated that the home-state Wildcats are the favorite in his recruitment.

The No. 20 pro-style QB in the junior class also has offers from Purdue and Mississippi, and others are showing interest. He's expected to announce his college decision sometime this spring.

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

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