Lafayette has been the most successful public high school football team in Lexington the last few years, which might explain why so many Generals — 11 of them — signed national letters of intent on Wednesday.
"It's one of our points of focus as coaches, to not only get these boys ready to play high school football, but help get them in position to further their education by playing college football," Lafayette Coach Carl Hayden said.
"It's something we work hard on. I believe the past few years we've been in double digits for football scholarships. It's a nice trend, and we want to keep it up."
Generals wide receiver Tranard Chester signed with Eastern Kentucky.
Quarterback Garrett Peavler, linebacker Justin Carr and defensive lineman Noah Brown are headed to West Virginia State.
Defensive back T.J. Broadus signed with Georgetown. Linebacker Drew Horsemen is going to Rose Hulman (Ind.)
Campbellsville got Lafayette linemen Ryan Batts, Tanner Graves and Jake Walker.
Linemen Caleb Clemons and Mike Moaga are headed to Lindsey Wilson and Pikeville, respectively.
Hayden expects four more of his seniors — Josh Dunn, Brandon Epps, Nick Lincavage and Nathan Oakley — to finalize their college choices in the next few weeks.
Elsewhere around town, Bryan Station linemen Jeff Adams and Jayron Johnson are going to Pikeville; Lexington Catholic quarterback Kyle Bolin signed with Louisville; Henry Clay lineman Andrew Pendleton signed with Thomas More, and Tates Creek defensive back Dennis Oxendine made it official with Illinois State while Commodores' tight end/defensive end Jay Rayford TE/DE committed to Pikeville.
Woodford County defensive lineman Elijah Jones signed with EKU, as did Madison Central defensive end Brandon Parks.
EKU also got Class of the Commonwealth stars Domonick Brown of John Hardin, Jeffrey Canady of Knox Central, Kentayvus Hopkins of Bourbon County and Tony Messer of Belfry.
Jonathan Jackson, a Class of the Commonwealth member who helped Mayfield to two state titles and two runner-up finishes, decided to stay close to home and signed with Murray State.
Madison Central quarterback Hunter Stocker and linebacker Jamez Chenault signed with Pikeville.
Fairview Coach Nathan McPeek said four players who helped the Eagles reach the Class A finals signed on Wednesday: running backs Chris Brewer (EKU) and Devon Turner (Georgetown), receiver Elijah King (EKU) and safety Mason Rutherford (Morehead State).
CLASS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Where members of the 2012 Class of the Commonwealth are going to college:
Player, high school Pos. College
Blake Bir, Covington Catholic QB Dayton
Hunter Bivin, Apollo OL/DL Notre Dame
Joey Bloomfield, Ballard OL/DL Kansas
Kyle Bolin, Lexington Catholic QB Louisville
Nick Britt, Russell County RB Campbellsville
Domonick Brown, John Hardin LB Eastern Kentucky
Jeffrey Canady, Knox Central RB/WR/DB Eastern Kentucky
Dalyn Dawkins, Trinity RB Purdue
Jason Hatcher, Trinity LB Kentucky
Kentayvus Hopkins, Bourbon County RB/DB Eastern Kentucky
Aaron Jackson, Frankfort WR Western Kentucky
Jonathan Jackson, Mayfield RB/LB Murray State
Donovan McCoy, Highlands QB/WR Louisville*
Tony Messer, Belfry TE/DE Eastern Kentucky
Dennis Oxendine, Tates Creek RB/DB Illinois State
Austin Pray, Perry Central QB/WR/DB Undecided
James Quick, Trinity WR Louisville
Ryan Timmons, Franklin County WR Kentucky
Richard Trent, Breathitt County QB/DB Undecided
Ryan White, Trinity DB/KR Vanderbilt
Logan Woodside, Franklin County QB/DB Toledo
Travis Wright, Trinity QB Undecided
* McCoy is expected to attend Louisville to study engineering and won't play football
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