National Signing Day Promises to Be Big Locally

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

National Signing Day's traditionally been big for football fans throughout the country - but not as much in South Central Kentucky, especially with WKU competing in Division I's Football Championship Subdivision.

That changes this year.

The Hilltoppers will sign their first class totally under the umbrella of their transition to Division I's Football Bowl Subdivision on Wednesday, likely adding one of the school's strongest classes ever to a team that began its transition with a 7-5 season in 2007.

Heading the class is expected to be Jamarcus Allen, a 5-11, 250-pound defensive tackle from Orlando (Fla.) Boone High School. Allen's ranked as a top 25 player at his position by ESPN and Scouts, Inc., is a three-star recruit per Rivals.com and originally committed to South Florida. He'll reportedly choose the Hilltoppers over the Bulls, Auburn, Michigan State, Kansas State and others.

St. Augustine (Fla.) defensive tackle Brandon Whitty occupies space alongside Allen atop the class, considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was reportedly considering Minnesota and Mississippi State, among others.

The Hilltoppers hope to sign between 15 and 20 players, which would add as many as 12 players to their current list of reported commitments.

Kentucky's expected to bring in quite a haul as well and may not be finished.

The Wildcats have 18 high school commitments to date - including Lexington Catholic safety Winston Guy, a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com - and will add D.J. Stafford, a four-star recruit in 2007 per Rivals.com who didn't qualify academically and spent last season at Harmony Community Prep near Cincinnati.

But the biggest chip for Kentucky might be Henry Clay wide receiver Aaron Boyd. Considered one of the top 25 players nationally at his position by Scouts, Inc., Boyd's also a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com. His brother, Shane, played quarterback for the Wildcats from 2001-2005 and he'll decide between the Wildcats, Oregon, Missouri and Arkansas on Wednesday.

It's far from a silent day at the high school level locally. Bowling Green has three Division I signees - tight end Ryan Wallace will sign with Colorado, safety Jared Carpenter will sign with Northwestern and wide receiver D.L. Moore is expected to sign with South Carolina. Warren Central running back Tevon Boards will sign with Wofford.


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