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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
ESPN 300 Timmons speaks on Stoops hire

By Dave Hooker

Kentucky's hiring of Mark Stoops could potentially shake up Ryan Timmons' recruitment.

For weeks, it has seemed likely that the No. 2-rated undecided prospect in Kentucky would end up at Ohio State. He has visited Columbus often and will take an official visit to Ohio State in January so his mother can see the school. Stoops' hiring, however, has Timmons intrigued.

"Good," the four-star prospect from Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin said when asked what he thought about the hiring. "Glad it's over. [I'll] try and get ahold of him."

That might come as early as this week, as Stoops tries to shore up a recruiting class that is less than spectacular. The Wildcats have 15 commitments. None is rated higher than a three-star prospect.

Timmons said the name recognition should help Stoops recruit. While he has had a standout career on his own, he's also the brother of Bob Stoops, who has had vast success as the head coach at Oklahoma. The next step for Timmons, who is also considering Purdue, Illinois and Arkansas, is getting to know the new staff in Lexington.

"Just talk to him and see what his plans are and [who] his coaching staff [will be]," said the nation's No. 252 overall prospect and No. 4 prospect in Kentucky.

Timmons has already taken his official visits to Purdue and Arkansas. Both have had coaching changes that will hamper their efforts to recruit Timmons, who said he'll take his official visit to Illinois in December and Ohio State in January.

It now seems Ohio State will get the last word via a late January visit. Therefore, Stoops' Wildcats had better move quickly.