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Last updated: July 28. 2014 1:58PM - 320 Views
By Larry Vaught Danville Advocate Messenger



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Kentucky lost a marquee recruit when Cincinnati offensive lineman George Brown gave his verbal commitment to Florida over UK on Friday. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 118 overall prospect in the 2015 class — and No. 5 overall player in Ohio. That would have made him the highest ranked Rivals.com commitment in the Mark Stoops’ era at UK.


His final five schools were Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana State but it was clear Kentucky and Florida, which both got a visit in the last week, were his final choices and he even tweeted a picture earlier this week showing hats of those two schools when talking about his decision date.


The 6-7, 260-pound tackle, who had over 50 scholarship offers, is a cousin and former teammate of Mike Edwards, a 2014 UK signee who is not on campus yet because of a shoulder injury but plans to enroll at UK?in January.


Brown had indicated the recruiting process was weighing on him and that’s why he wanted to make his college choice now.


Scout.com recruiting analyst Patrick Loney loved his size and knew how important he could be for future UK offensive lines.


“He uses his body very well. He understands how to use his size to protect same size defensive lineman,” Loney said.


Cats’ Pause recruiting analyst Josh Edwards cited athleticism and strength as Brown’s best assets.


“As an offensive tackle, he has huge upside. As a coach, you have to just be excited to get your hands on him and get to work,” Edwards said.


Both recruiting analysts knew he had developed bonds both with 2014 UK?signees and 2015 commits, but also knew his final visit to Florida on Monday could have swung him to the Gators.


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