4-Star RB Ryan Timmons Spurns Florida, Ohio State for Kentucky

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 5, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

4-star running back Ryan Timmons has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats.

He represents a huge commitment for head coach Mark Stoops and his staff, especially considering the competition.

Both Ohio State and Florida made strong pushes for the talented back towards the end—and obviously Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp are two of the best recruiters in the country—but in the end Timmons will play for the Wildcats.

Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com Tweeted out Timmons' decision:

While it may seem illogical for a talented back like Timmons to spurn the likes of Florida and Kentucky on the surface, when you really examine the decision it makes a ton of sense.

First of all, Timmons is ranked as the No. 6 player from the state of Kentucky according to the 247Sports Composite, so it's hard to fault a kid for wanting to stay in-state.

There's also the fact that both Ohio State and Florida's respective classes are essentially set at the running back position.

The Buckeyes were recently able to flip 4-star all-purpose back Dontre Wilson away from Oregon (although he projects to play slot for OSU) and they already had a commitment from Ezekiel Elliott (No. 5 all-purpose back according to the 247Sports Composite).

Florida, on the other-hand, has a commitment from No. 2 overall running back (247Sports Composite) Kelvin Taylor and 3-star running back Adam Lane.

While Kentucky also has two other running backs committed, Timmons is talented enough to join the Wildcats program and be the marquee recruit from their 2013 class. He's 5'11'', 180 pounds and runs a 4.40 40 according to 247Sports. He'll be able to come in and compete for playing time right away, and he has a chance to be a star for the Wildcats.

All of that, plus the chance to stay close to home, was obviously enough to convince Timmons to choose Kentucky over two of the best programs in the country. 

For what it's worth, I believe it was the right decision.

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