Highly touted wide receiver Alex Stump flipped his commitment from Kentucky to Ohio State on Sunday, a few weeks after receiving a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
Stump — a 6-foot-3 prospect from Lakewood, Ohio — originally committed to UK in May after a solid showing on the spring camp circuit. It was a big addition at the time for the Wildcats, who targeted Stump early in the process.
"I am flipping my commitment from Kentucky to THE Ohio State University," Stump tweeted Sunday. "It has always been my dream to stay home and play for the Buckeyes. This was a very tough decision. I want to thank the University of Kentucky and all of the #BBN. I wish nothing but the best for the program."
Scout.com and 247Sports both consider Stump a four-star player, and he's widely regarded as one of the top 40 wide receivers in the class of 2015.
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His continued improvement attracted the attention of Stanford and Nebraska (both offered scholarships after his commitment to UK). The allure of the most recent offer from in-state powerhouse Ohio State was too much for Stump to resist.
Rivals.com analyst Josh Helmholdt said the recruitment illustrates the difficulty UK will face when recruiting against the Buckeyes on their home turf.
"It's going to be very tough," Helmholdt told the Herald-Leader. "A majority of kids in the state of Ohio grow up dreaming about being a Buckeye. So you have that, and then they're surrounded by Buckeye fans, who are always encouraging them to play for Ohio State. Ohio State has a strong hold over their home territory. And it's always going to be tough to go in there and recruit against Urban Meyer in his own backyard."
Stump's defection leaves Kentucky with one wide receiver commitment for 2015: Washington, D.C., standout Jabari Greenwood. The Cats also have a commitment from four-star tight end C.J. Conrad.
South Carolina native Tavin Richardson is likely UK's top remaining target at wide receiver. The 6-3 pass catcher was in Lexington for the victory over South Carolina and has plans to come back to town for an official visit in December. The Cats are considered the favorite in his recruitment over fellow finalists Louisville, Nebraska and Central Florida.
UK wide receivers coach Tommy Mainord told the Herald-Leader in August that the program would likely take 3-4 wide receivers in the class of 2015.
Sunday's decommitment is not expected to have an effect on last week's commitments from Andrew and David Dowell, who are friends and high school teammates of Stump.