WKU Announces 2009 Football Recruiting Class

By: Todd Stewart, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Todd Stewart, WKU Athletic Media Relations

Western Kentucky University announced its 2009 football class on Wednesday after receiving signed letters of intent from 26 prospective student-athletes. It is the top rated class in the Sun Belt Conference by Scout.com, and three players are rated as 3-Star recruits by Rivals.com. An additional 19 players are rated as 2-Star recruits by either Rivals or Scout.com. The 26 signees hail from eight different states, and all but one is currently a high school senior. In 2008, WKU signed 16 players from four different states.

“I truly feel that from top to bottom this group of incoming freshman has more potential than any class we have ever signed at WKU,” Hilltopper head coach David Elson said. “We signed young men from literally every position group, and I am really excited about the overall athleticism of this class. The tireless efforts of our entire coaching staff really paid off, as we had been in contact with many of our signees for well over a year. Our first-class facilities also had a tremendous impact on every recruit who took a campus visit. Once they saw our stadium, locker room, weight room and training room, they knew we were serious about winning consistently at the highest level. It is a tremendous jump from high school to college, and nothing is guaranteed. However, if the individuals in this class remain dedicated on the field and in the classroom, we will really have some special impact people coming to WKU.”

The 26 signees are listed below, and complete biographical information, video highlights and a headshot for each can be found on wkusports.com.

NAME – POSITION – HEIGHT – WEIGHT – HOMETOWN (High School)

Will Adams - WR - 5’11’’ - 185 - Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand
Prairie HS)

Denton Allmon - DB - 5’9’’ - 185 - Irving, Texas (MacArthur HS)

Jamarielle Brown - WR - 6’2’’ - 175 - Paducah, Ky. (Lone Oak HS)

Josh Carter - ILB - 6’1’’ - 235 - Clarksville, Tenn. (Fort Campbell HS)

Sean Conway - OL - 6’3’’ - 285 - Nashville, Tenn. (Father Ryan HS)

Courtney Dalcourt - QB - 6’0’’ - 195 - Franklin, Ky. (Franklin-Simpson
HS)

Mike Federspiel - ILB - 6’3’’ - 212 - Lexington, Ky. (Henry Clay HS)

Jamal Forrest - CB - 5’8’’ - 170 - Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington HS)

Chuck Franks - OLB - 6’2’’ - 210 - Fayette, Ala. (Fayette Co. HS)

Ed Hazelett - TE - 6’8’’ - 265 - Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central HS)

James Hervey - DL - 6’2’’ - 265 - Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)

Tevin Holliman - DE - 6’2’’ - 230 - Tucker, Ga. (Tucker HS)

Galatian King - DE - 6’4’’ - 272 - Waycross, Ga. (Ware Co. HS)

Jebb Lenhart - OL - 6’4’’ - 285 - Sevierville, Tenn. (Pigeon Forge HS)

Thomas Majors - ILB - 6’0’’ - 240 - Nashville, Tenn. (NW Miss.
CC/Maplewood HS)

Logan Massengale - OL - 6’6’’ - 265 - Franklin, Tenn. (Ravenwood HS)

Willie McNeal - WR - 5’11’’ - 165 - Bradenton, Fla. (Braden River HS)

Monte Merrick - PK - 6’2’’ - 180 - Pineville, Ky. (Bell Co. HS)

Jim Murphree - TE - 6’5’’ - 205 - Franklin, Ky. (Franklin-Simpson HS)

Kareem Peterson - DB - 6’0’’ - 175 - Lewisburg, Tenn. (Marshall Co. HS)

Luis Polanco - OL - 6’3’’ - 250 - Tampa, Fla. (Middleton HS)

Keshawn Simpson - TB - 6’0’’ - 230 - Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central HS)

Cole Tischer - DE - 6’4’’ - 240 - Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)

Darryl Williams - CB - 5’9’’ - 165 - Miami, Fla. (Miami Palmetto HS)

Vince Williams - CB - 5’9'' - 165 - Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta HS)

Kiante Young - ATH - 5’11’’ - 200 - Gainesville, Ga. (East Hall HS)


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