The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder chose the Wildcats following his decommitment from Ohio State on Sept. 30. He previously held offers from Georgia, Auburn and others.
Nave is the No. 629 overall prospect and No. 50 IOL in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also the No. 25 player in Ohio.
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He took an official visit to Lexington on Oct. 13, his first visit to UK since a September trip last year. Recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Marrow was once again on the case for another Ohio product that’s now pledged to the Wildcats.
Nave does not currently have an On3 NIL Valuation. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.
UK hoping to bolster Big Blue Wall with 2024 recruiting class
With Nave now in the mix, the Cats’ 2024 recruiting class now features 23 commitments and ranks inside the top 25 of the On3 Industry Team Recruiting Ranking.
Nave becomes the fourth IOL to join the class. The Cats’ first two pledges both came at the position in Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor County three-star Hayes Johnson and Independence (Ky.) Simon Kenton three-star Aba Selm. Old Greenwich (Conn.) Brunswick three-star Jadon Lafontant pledged later in the summer.
Kentucky has now added a pair of commitments this month, as it recently flipped Sneads (Fla.) three-star running back Jason Patterson away from Cincinnati on Nov. 14. While the Wildcats’ class still ranks No. 13 in the SEC, Mark Stoops and Co. have made their fair share of moves on the recruiting trail this fall.
On Sept. 15, UK flipped Corbin (Ky.) twin four-star defensive linemen Jacob and Jerod Smith from Michigan. The Wildcats went back and forth with the Wolverines for the pair, but following their return to the Bluegrass to finish their high school football careers, all the momentum fell in the direction of the home school.
The Cats added the highest-ranked pledge in their 2024 class on Oct. 4, as Austintown (Ohio) Westerville North four-star EDGE Brian Robinson pledged. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder checks in as the No. 129 overall prospect and No. 9 EDGE in the 2024 cycle.
Between Robinson and the Smiths, Lexington Christian Academy four-star quarterback Cutter Boley and Cincinnati Withrow four-star cornerback Terhyon Nichols check in as top-200 prospects. Boley is the top-ranked player in Kentucky and is also the No. 12 gunslinger in the cycle.