ESPN 300 WR Ryan Timmons picks Cats

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has had some early success on the recruiting trail, and he continued that success by grabbing a big commitment on the eve of national signing day.

The Wildcats picked up their biggest commit yet when four-star wide receiver Ryan Timmons chose Kentucky over Florida, Ohio State and Illinois Tuesday afternoon. Timmons, who ranks No. 249 in the ESPN 300, gives Kentucky 21 verbal commits in its 2013 recruiting class.

Timmons was originally recruited by former Kentucky coach Joker Phillips, who continued to recruit him after taking over as Florida's wide receivers coach. Timmons officially visited Florida over the weekend and would have been a nice addition to the Gators' class as they continue to search for weapons at receiver. But he decided to stay closer to home and go with the Cats.

Timmons found it hard to control his emotions before making his decision, but when he put on a blue Kentucky hat, cheers and chants of "C-A-T-S" roared throughout his high school gymnasium.

Timmons is the fifth four-star commitment for Stoops and his staff. A lot of people questioned the hiring of Stoops because the thought was that Kentucky would go in a more offensive direction, but Stoops is proving to be quite the recruiter. He did well when as a recruiter when he was Florida State's defensive coordinator, and he appears to be picking up where he left off now that he's working for Big Blue Nation.