Four-star Ohio lineman Brown chooses Florida, but Kentucky not done trying

broberts@herald-leader.comJuly 25, 2014 

CINCINNATI — A live alligator punctuated the latest chapter in the recruiting story of Ohio football star George Brown.

Whether it's the final chapter in his recruitment remains to be seen.

Brown — a four-star offensive lineman — announced his commitment to Florida on Friday, reaching underneath a table to grab a baby alligator on loan from a local wildlife rescue organization.

Kentucky came in second place in Brown's recruitment, which also included scholarship offers from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana State and about 50 other Division I programs around the country.

"(Kentucky) was definitely really close," Brown said. "I really like Kentucky. I really like the coaches and everything. I just feel like Florida is a better fit for me."

Brown later said that he is "100 percent committed" to the Gators and has no plans to visit any other schools. Of course, a commitment in football recruiting doesn't mean other schools stop recruiting a player, especially one of Brown's caliber.

The 6-foot-6, 267-pound offensive tackle is considered the No. 118 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by Rivals.com, which would have made him the highest-ranked player in Kentucky's class.

It'll be months before he is allowed to sign with Florida, and UK could very well try to flip his pledge in the meantime. Ten minutes after Brown's announcement, UK recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow posted a tweet that led to further speculation in that area.

"Big Blue Nation ... Relax. It's only the first round. This is a Title Fight," Marrow tweeted.

The Wildcats' offensive line class for 2015 is in great shape even if the UK coaching staff chooses not to pursue Brown any further. Kentucky has commitments from six offensive linemen, including four-star prospects George Asafo-Adjei and Luke Hiers.

Brown's commitment to UK would have been icing on the cake at the position, and there's a good chance the coaching staff could choose to go ahead and wrap up its recruiting at that spot and shift the focus to other positions of need.

The Cats' class of 2015 currently has 14 players and is ranked No. 17 in the country by Rivals.com.

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

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