With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, Niles offensive lineman Josh Krok has decided that he isn't going to be wearing the hat he originally intended to on Feb. 5.
On Wednesday, the 6-foot-9, 325-pound lineman announced he will now be signing a National Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky. He previously had made a verbal commitment to West Virginia back in June.
"I felt like I was with my high school coaches," Krok said of the Kentucky staff. "And they are from the area, they are good people."
The coaches Krok is specifically referred to are Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and tight ends coach Vince Marrow - both Cardinal Mooney graduates. Krok's high school coach Brian Shaner said the two men were a very instrumental part in the second team all-Ohio lineman making the switch.
"He loved both coaching staffs," Shaner said. "But I think looking at the picture and playing time, there was more opportunity to play earlier (at Kentucky). He loved both coaching staffs, but the local connection was there and coach Stoops and coach Marrow do a great job of recruiting up here."
Krok has been highly recruited for the past few years, receiving offers from every Mid-American Conference school, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa and Louisville, to name a few. In June, Krok had appeared to have the college decision made when he verballed to West Virginia, which currently plays in the Big 12. Alas, things change, but Krok said he is comfortable and know that he made the right call to now head to the Southeastern Conference.
"It was hard, but at the end of the day I know I made the right decision," Krok said. "I really did love both coaching staffs. But (at Kentucky), I just knew I wanted to go there. I feel very comfortable there."
According to rivals.com, Krok is a three-star recruit and is ranked 39th in his position in the country and the 23rd best prospect from the state of Ohio. He's one of 11 recruits from the Stoops' home state. He'll be joined by Youngstown Christian defensive end Tymere Dubose, who committed to Kentucky last year.
Krok is the first player from Niles to go to commit Division I school since Nick Liste went to Youngstown State in 2009.
"We're all excited for him, the players, the coaches," Shaner said. "The city of Niles should be proud."