LEXINGTON - Kentucky added another offensive lineman to its 2005 football recruiting class when 6-8, 315-pound Zach Hennis of Plain City, Ohio, verbally committed to the Wildcats Tuesday night.
Hennis told Kentucky linebacker coach Ron McBride that he wanted to join teammate Ben Bates, a linebacker who earlier committed to Kentucky, and play for the Cats next year.
He is rated as the 27th-best prospect in Ohio by Rivals.com.
"Whenever it is third down-and-short, we run over right guard where he plays," said Barry Blackstone, Hennis' high school coach. "We have done that for four years, but his best football is still ahead of him. He's a great player. He's really athletic. Kentucky hit the jackpot with him."
Hennis also had scholarship offers from Northwestern, Akron and Ball State. Michigan was evaluating film on him and he had been in contact with Purdue, Michigan State, West Virginia, Minnesota and others.