Cats commitment Stump, two UK football targets on TV Sunday

broberts@herald-leader.comAugust 29, 2014 

Alex Stump, a wide receiver from Ohio, has committed to Kentucky for 2015. ( photo)

A senior season of high expectations begins in the national spotlight this weekend for one of Kentucky's top football commitments.

Class of 2015 wide receiver Alex Stump and nationally ranked St. Edward (Ohio) will face Gilman (Md.) in its season opener Sunday at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

Stump — a 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect — is considered a four-star recruit by 247Sports and and was a major early addition to the Cats' class of 2015 when he committed to UK in early May.

He's had a busy recruitment since, including a scholarship offer from Stanford that led to him visiting the Pac-12 school while still committed to Kentucky. That trip — along with a more recent offer from Nebraska — did nothing to change his mind.

Stump has reiterated in recent interviews that he is 100 percent committed to the Cats.

St. Edward is considered one of the top 10 football teams in the country by USA Today and, the latter ranking the Eagles at No. 4 in the nation. Both outlets have them as the top team in Ohio.

The Eagles' roster also includes two of UK's top remaining targets for the class of 2015: Four-star brothers Andrew and David Dowell. ranks Andrew Dowell as the No. 29 running back in the class and the No. 14 overall player from Ohio. He ran for 13 touchdowns as a junior last season but has the ability to play multiple positions at the college level.

David Dowell is considered by Rivals to be the No. 14 athlete in the class and No. 12 player from Ohio. The 6-foot prospect projects as a defensive back in college and has the size that UK is looking for in that area.

The twins originally committed to Northwestern but backed out of that pledge in late July and visited Kentucky this month. UK and Vanderbilt are widely regarded as the top two teams in their recruitment, and Stump has been lobbying his teammates on behalf of the Wildcats.

All three players starred in YouTube videos shot this week to hype Sunday's game. Stump's video — in the style of an ESPN SportsCenter commercial — showed the UK commitment walking around school and nonchalantly catching random objects before they hit the floor.

Stump had 57 receptions for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

Gilman School — located in Baltimore — features dual-threat quarterback Kai Locksley, who recently committed to Florida State for the class of 2015.

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