LEXINGTON — Kentucky football’s recruiting momentum in the Class of 2023 is increasing. The latest engagement, four-star Ohio prep wide receiver Anthony Brown, could bring a famous family member with him to Kroger Field.
Rivals.com ranks Brown as the No. 8 prospect in Ohio, a state that typically produces dozens of FBS players in every class. He committed to Kentucky against finalists Cincinnati, Michigan, Oklahoma and Penn State.
As the third four-star prospect to commit to Kentucky’s Class of 2023, Brown represents an important additional base on his skills alone, but his commitment is also likely to attract more attention than a typical recruiting commitment because Brown’s uncle is Grammy-winning John Legend.
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“We try to get together whenever we can,” Brown said of Legend in an interview with Rivals.com. “Usually when I go out, I go out like a weekend, and we’ll just chill at home because it’s his free time, so he doesn’t really feel like going out sometimes. So we’ll just be out at home to relax, then me and my brother will go and do something on our own once in a while.”
If Brown sticks to his commitment through signing day in December, Legend could join a celebrity fan base in Kentucky that already includes actors Ashley Judd, Steve Zahn and Josh Hutcherson. Brown told Rivals that Legend attended at least one of his games at Springfield High School in Ohio.
As a junior at Springfield, Brown caught 40 passes for 829 yards and nine touchdowns.
Brown is the fifth rookie to commit to Kentucky since early July. He joins Alabama prep defensive back Avery Stuart and Tennessee prep wide receiver Shamar Porter as four-star prospects in the class.
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