UK Football

On-the-rise running back commits to Kentucky for 2017

Three-star running back Bryant Koback announced Sunday night that he has committed to the University of Kentucky.

247Sports ranks Koback as the No. 45 running back in the class of 2017, and he turned heads at the Army Combine in San Antonio earlier this month with a time of 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. 247Sports later named Koback to its All-Combine team.

“Koback is built like a rock,” the 247Sports staff said. “He runs with a low center of gravity, which gives him great balance in his routes. But he also displayed excellent quickness. Additionally, his breaks were precise and crisp, and his hands were sure.”

The 5-foot-11 prospect from Holland, Ohio earned a scholarship offer from UK last year. It was his first and only offer until Indiana and Toledo followed suit a few days ago.

Koback rushed for 2,015 yards and 31 touchdowns on 194 carries as a junior this past season.

He does not yet have a star rating from or ESPN, and Rivals ranks him as a two-star prospect, but the Wildcats coaching staff targeted him early in the recruiting process. Vince Marrow is his primary recruiter.

Kentucky already had a commitment from class of 2017 running back Michael Warren, who also had an impressive junior season and is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 13 running back among high school juniors.

Four-star running back Adarius Lemons recently announced that he also has UK as the No. 1 school on his list despite scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Florida and several other major programs. ranks Lemons as the No. 11 running back in the class of 2017.

Koback is UK’s eighth commitment for the class of 2017.

Ben Roberts: 859-231-3216, @NextCats