Three-star tight end Brenden Bates has committed to Kentucky.
Bates, from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, made his announcement Friday on Twitter.
— Brenden Bates (@BatesBrenden) March 10, 2017
“I’m very excited to announce that I will be furthering my academic and football career at the University of Kentucky!! #committed #BBN,” Bates wrote.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Bates chose the Wildcats over 13 other offers, including Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa, Louisville, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Tight ends coach Vince Marrow is his primary recruiter.
Kentucky offered Bates last June. He has made at least four visits to the school, including two in the past two months for the Wildcats’ junior days.
Bates is ranked as a top-15 tight end in the nation, a top-20 prospect in Ohio and a top-350 overall prospect, according to 247Sports Composite.
Bates’ commitment gives Kentucky its fifth in the 2018 class. It’s currently ranked No. 18 by 247Sports, including fifth in the SEC.
Quarterback Jarren Williams, wide receiver Marvin Alexander, defensive end Davoan Hawkins and defensive end Alex Reigelsperger all have also committed to the Wildcats. All four players are three-star recruits.
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