Cardinal Mooney grad and Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops made a point to recruit the Buckeye state. In fact, of the 28 players he signed, seven are ranked in the top-25 in Ohio. Multiple recruiting websites rank UK’s recruiting class as the 13th best in the nation, and two of our area’s biggest recruits chose to play for the Wildcats.
“I just felt like it was home,” says Youngstown Christian senior Tymere Dubose. ”I love the atmosphere. I love the fan base, and the stadium, it was nice. It’s just an unbelievable feeling. I can’t believe it’s happening.”
Niles senior Josh Krok echoes those same sentiments, saying “I felt like I fit in a lot more. It’s just, everything was nice. Definitely a lot of places to eat.”
That’s why they (Dubose and Krok) chose Kentucky. Now Tymere Dubose and Josh Krok need to prove they belong in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. At 6 foot 9, 320 pounds, Niles lineman Josh Krok is already one of the biggest and strongest players on the Wildcats roster. But it’s the opportunity to play as a freshman, that helped with his decision to decommit from West Virginia, and sign with Kentucky.
“It’s going to be hard at first,” explains Krok. “I know it will be because I’m used to being the guy, and now I’m just a guy.”
Tymere Dubose is the first major football recruit from Youngstown Christian. He grew up a running back, but at 6 foot 6, 260 pounds, Dubose is now on the line. He played both ways for the Eagles last year, and which side he plays for in college is an ongoing debate.
“They’re agruing over that right now; the offensive coach and the defensive coach,” says Dubose. When asked who he hopes wins the argument, Dubose continued, “Defense. Defense wins championships.”
Krok adds, “I’m more excited than nervous. I’m not the first guy to do this, so I know, everybody that’s made it went through the same exact thing.”
“It’s going to be amazing,” continues Dubose. ”I can’t wait, but I might have a little stage fright. But, I did the catwalk there, where you walk to the stadium and everyone shakes your hand, and they were saying ‘Tymere, Tymere,’ so I was loving it.”