Monday, February 4, 2013
Ryan Timmons impressed with Florida
By Dave Hooker
Ryan Timmons' decision is near. Ohio State, Kentucky and Florida will be paying close attention.
The athlete prospect from Frankfort (Ky.) Franklin will announce his decision from his school at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday. After an official visit to Gainesville last weekend, the decision will be much more difficult.
"It was a great visit, enjoyed the facilities, makes it harder to pick," the No. 249 prospect in the country said.
The visit to Florida was quickly put together after Timmons was offered by the Gators last week. Ohio State, which had long recruited Timmons, offered soon after. Their delay surely doesn't help them, but Timmons has visited Columbus frequently.
Timmons is also considering Kentucky. He took his official visit there Jan. 18. Proximity helps the Wildcats, and Timmons has said the new staff under first-year head coach Mark Stoops has made him feel welcome.
However, it's another Kentucky tie that could prompt Timmons to head south. He is close to former Wildcats coach Joker Phillips, who is the wide receivers coach at Florida after being fired by Kentucky following the 2012 season.
"Really close," Timmons said of his relationship with Phillips. "Known him since I was a sophomore."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Timmons is the No. 4 prospect in Kentucky. If he signed with Kentucky he would be Kentucky's highest-rated in-state commitment. Kentucky has only one prospect among the top 15 prospects in the state.
As a senior, Timmons carried the ball 72 times for 1,225 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. He also caught 29 passes for 965 yards and 15 more scores. He returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.