State high schools: Signing day a big day for Lafayette

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 6, 2013 

  • 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

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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