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Monday, January 21, 2013
ESPN 300 WR Timmons has new SEC offer

By Dave Hooker

With just a little more than two weeks until national signing day, Ryan Timmons has some of the elite programs in the nation ramping up their recruitment of him.

The four-star athlete prospect from Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin County received a scholarship offer from Florida late Sunday evening, according to Franklin County head coach Chris Tracy. Clearly, the Gators are making a strong push.

Florida receivers coach Joker Phillips is scheduled to visit Timmons today. Timmons knows Phillips well. He recruited Timmons when he was the head coach at Kentucky. Phillips was fired following the 2012 season.

Timmons couldn't be immediately reached for comment about the offer but said recently that if Florida offered him a scholarship he would take a hard look at the Gators. Tracy confirmed as much but said he isn't sure if Timmons will take an official visit to the school.

"They're one of the elite programs in the country," Tracy said.

Said Timmons, "It's a great school."

Florida's pursuit of Timmons has another tradition-rich school ramping up their recruitment of the No. 248 prospect in the country. Ohio State coaches are scheduled to visit Timmons on Tuesday. Tracy said he's expecting a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

Timmons has shown strong interest in Ohio State. He's visited the school several times but canceled an official visit there earlier this month.

Florida and Ohio State aren't the only schools trying to secure Timmons with late scholarship offers. Missouri and California each offered him a scholarship last week.

Tracy said Cal is probably too far away for Timmons to strongly consider. Missouri, however, is a possibility. Tracy said Timmons has built a strong relationship with the coaching staff there.

"Missouri is one of the first places we took a trip when we started this," Tracy said referring to a camp the two went to early in Timmons' recruitment.

Earlier this month, Timmons said he was primarily considering Ohio State, Kentucky, Florida and Cincinnati. Florida's offer and Ohio State's potential offer should only further cement them as finalists.

Kentucky is firmly in the hunt for Timmons. He took his official visit to Lexington, Ky., last weekend and spoke glowingly of the trip, especially newly hired head coach Mark Stoops.

Timmons only has one official visit left to take, as he has taken official visits to Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas and Purdue. The added pressure of more scholarship has worn on Timmons.

"I feel bad for him, sort of," Tracy said. "He's an 18-year-old kid and there's a lot of pressure."