Three-star quarterback Gunnar Hoak committed to the University of Kentucky during a visit to the school Sunday afternoon.
Hoak — a 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect from Dublin, Ohio — received a scholarship offer from UK during his first campus visit last weekend. It was the first offer from a "power five" program for Hoak, who was also seeing recruiting interest from West Virginia, Duke and Indiana, among several others.
Scout.com ranks Hoak as the No. 35 quarterback in the class of 2016. 247Sports considers him the No. 55 pro-style quarterback in his class, and Rivals.com has him as the No. 32 overall prospect from the state of Ohio.
All of those recruiting services rank Hoak as a three-star player.
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Hoak will be the first scholarship addition to the Wildcats' QB corps since Drew Barker, who signed with UK in 2014. The program did not take a scholarship player at the position in the class of 2015.
UK's current group of quarterbacks includes junior Patrick Towles; sophomore Reese Phillips, who missed all of spring practice with an injury; and redshirt freshman Barker. UK did add former Male High School standout Davis Mattingly as a preferred walk-on in the class of 2015.
The UK coaching staff has been in contact with Hoak for months, but that interest intensified a couple of weeks ago when four-star quarterback Austin Kendall announced his commitment to Oklahoma. Kendall — UK's top recruiting priority at the time — made several trips to Lexington and his older brother is a walk-on with the Wildcats.
Fellow four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver has also been a longtime UK target. He is scheduled to announce his college decision at his Ohio high school Wednesday night. Kentucky is still on deWeaver's short list, but Michigan State has emerged as the favorite in recent weeks.
Hoak threw for more than 2,500 yards with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a junior last season. He completed more than 65 percent of his passes.
With his commitment, UK now has 16 pledges for the class of 2016, which is filling up fast with more than nine months to go until national signing day.
Ten of UK's 16 commitments are from Ohio and the program now has eight of the top 40 prospects from that state, according to the Rivals.com rankings.
The addition of Hoak means that Kentucky will pass Southern Cal and move into the No. 9 spot in the Rivals class rankings for 2016. Only Miami (with 20 commitments already) has more pledges than UK for next year.