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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky got its second verbal commitment for the 2014 recruiting class when Ohio linebacker Dorian Hendrix of Huber Heights committed while on an unofficial visit this weekend.
The 6-1, 215-pound Hendrix is rated as a three-star prospect and the nation’s 59th best outside linebacker by Scout.com and had scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Bowling Green, Ohio and Toledo. He was also receiving interest from Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia but did not have a scholarship offer from those schools. His lead recruiter was tight ends coach Vince Marrow, an Ohio native.
He joins Alabama defensive end Denzel Ware as the first commitments in Mark Stoops’ second recruiting class at Kentucky.
Another Ohio player, four-star receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass, also made an unofficial visit to UK this weekend along with running back Braylon Heard, an Ohio native who is transferring from Nebraska and will have to sit out the 2013 season.
Heard played in 19 games in two years at Nebraska and ran for 462 yards and four scores on 77 carries — an average of 6.0 yards per carry. The 5-11, 185-pound Heard rushed for 1,973 yards and 24 scores as a senior at Cardinal Mooney High School in Ohio while leading his team to the Division III state title — he had 178 yards and two touchdowns rushing, caught a touchdown pass and made an interception.
He was ranked as one of the nation’s top five high school running backs by Rivals.com and one of the top 60 overall recruits. He chose Nebraska over Penn State, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and West Virginia.