Rivals250 tight end C.J. Conrad had considered camping this summer to earn more offers, but the La Grange (Ohio) Keystone prospect realized he already had an offer from the right school.
"I chose the University of Kentucky," Conrad announced. "I think I fit really good there and I think they are on the rise. They did a really great job in the 2014 class and our 2015 class will be really good. I have a really good relationship with Coach [Vince] Marrow, so that's a big thing as well.
"I came to the conclusion that even those schools that wanted me to camp to get an offer, I felt even with those [offers] that Kentucky still would have been the best fit. I talked with my parents about that and they knew I was ready to go."
Kentucky offered Conrad prior to the start of his junior season and he made multiple visits to their campus in the last several months.
"I came down for a basketball game and a spring practice," he said. "I got to talk to the players and just both times I went there I knew it was the right place."
The 6-foot-5, 231-pound Conrad has the ability to be an in-line or flex tight end, and Kentucky has thoroughly explained how they plan to utilize him in their offense.
"When I went there they showed me cut-ups of what they would do with me in their offense," Conrad said. "What they showed me is exactly what I want. [Offensive coordinator Neal Brown] used to be at Texas Tech with that really good tight end. They showed me cut-ups of that and I loved it."
The addition of Conrad gives Kentucky nine commitments and moves them up to the No. 17 ranked class in 2015. Now that he is committed, Conrad plans to encourage other top prospects to join him in Lexington.
"I definitely will take it upon myself to get a really good 2015 class," Conrad said. "I think we will get a couple more kids from Ohio. Then, we're starting to get more national players and I think we'll keep on building from that 2014 class."
Conrad is rated the No. 174 prospect in the 2015 class and the No. 6 tight end. He won the receiver MVP award at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in Michigan two weekends ago.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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