Everything was going well for Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln three-star wide receiver Raphael Andrades until his season came to an abrupt halt in a first-round playoff loss.
“Everything was going good and then that happened,” Andrades said. “It was kind of shocking.”
After a week to let everything sink in the 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior was ready to resume his recruitment and took an official visit to Kentucky earlier this month.
“It went pretty good, and it was a lot of fun,” Andrades said. “The coaches and players do a good job of creating a real family atmosphere.”
During the trip he had an opportunity to watch Kentucky and North Carolina compete in one of the most anticipated basketball games of the season.
“It was crazy in there,” Andrades said. “I couldn’t hear anybody.”
However, football was his primary focus and the focus of a coaching staff that has been recruiting him for more than a year.
“The coaches were trying to get me to commit and they said I could come in play early because they are looking for a playmaker,” Andrades said.
The Wildcats have competition for the wide receiver's commitment, including a new school.
“Notre Dame came through [last week],” Andrades said. “We set up a visit for Jan. 14. They haven’t offered but it might be coming if certain things happen.”
Without an offer Andrades says he is still focused on Kentucky, Arkansas and Illinois. He has an official visit to Fayetteville scheduled for Jan. 20.
“I’m just taking what I have right now but I’m still keeping my options open,” Andrades said.
A decision will come close to national signing day.