Where local athletes will play college football

mfields@herald-leader.comFebruary 5, 2014 

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Lafayette's Kylan Nelson, runs upfield in the first half. Lexington Catholic hosted Lafayette in a cross town rivalry game, Friday, Sept. 06, 2013 at Joseph K. Ford Stadium in Lexington. Photo by Jonathan Palmer

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  • 2013 Class of the Commonwealth: Where they're headed

    Where members of the Herald-Leader's 2013 Class of the Commonwealth are headed to college:

    Player, high school Pos. College

    Drew Barker, Conner QB Kentucky

    Elijah Bell, Henry Clay RB Undecided

    Reggie Bonnafon, Trinity QB/WR Louisville

    Dylan Byrd, DeSales RB Undecided

    Ross Cox, Anderson County WR/DB Undecided

    Scott Daniel, Scott County WR/DB Eastern Kentucky

    Matt Elam, John Hardin DL Kentucky

    Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green WR Western Kentucky

    DeAndre Farris, Collins RB/DB Western Kentucky

    Jake Guhy, Mayfield QB Louisville-1

    Houston Hartz, Owensboro Catholic QB Undecided

    Devin Hayes, Bowling Green QB Undecided

    Brenan Kuntz, Simon Kenton QB Western Kentucky-2

    Derik Overstreet, Paducah Tilghman DL Western Kentucky

    Adrian Middleton, South Warren DL Kentucky

    Lawson Page, Collins QB Morehead State

    Chris Roberts, Franklin County RB/LB Undecided

    Devin Taylor, West Jessamine RB Western Kentucky-2

    Nick True, Highlands TE/OL Western Kentucky

    Sani Warren, Belfry DB/QB Undecided

    Carson Whitehead, Harlan County RB/LB Kentucky-2

    Masai Whyte, Collins LB Western Kentucky

    1-Won't play football; 2-Walk-on

Lafayette football coach Eric Shaw played in the NFL, so he knows talent when he sees it. And he sees it in Generals senior Kylan Nelson, who signed with Ohio University on Wednesday.

Nelson was a versatile athlete for Lafayette. He piled up more than 5,000 all-purpose yards in his career as a running back, receiver, kick returner and defensive back.

"I see him continuing to build and grow as a player, and I think he'll have a big impact at Ohio, especially in the return game," Shaw said.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Nelson, who has 4.4 speed, had more than 2,000 yards in kickoff and punt returns for Lafayette.

"I see him developing as a great corner(back) in that league, too," Shaw said.

Nelson also drew interest from Eastern Kentucky and Navy. Shaw said the feedback he got from bigger schools was that Nelson's height was an issue. "They didn't know if he was big enough. But Ohio is a great fit for him. He'll be in a great situation there."

Nelson is one of more than a dozen Lexington players who have signed or committed to play college football.

Lafayette lineman Nick Albright is headed to Pikeville, and wide receiver Michael Serafini to Campbellsville.

Bryan Station quarterback Ora "Bo" Johnson, who in his career passed for 7,568 yards and 77 TDs and ran for 1,524 yards and 25 TDs, will probably sign with Kentucky State, according to Defenders Coach Frank Parks.

Parks said Bryan Station receiver LaVelle Cloyd and defensive back Jamar Brooks are undecided.

Tates Creek's senior class is headed by wide receiver R.J. Taylor, who had 100 catches for 1,467 yards and 17 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He'll play at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Jake Ryan, who averaged almost 40 yards a punt for the Commodores (and boomed one punt 82 yards), will walk on at Kentucky.

Tates Creek linemen Jovan Blackburn, Tyler Sturgill and Deion Webb are headed to Pikeville. Linebacker Marshall Gant is going to Campbellsville, linebacker Eamon Nasr to Centre, and long snapper Ryan Betlach will walk on at Louisville.

Paul Laurence Dunbar defensive back/receiver Emory Thompson will play Ivy League football at Dartmouth. Bulldogs defensive back Brandyn Duncan will play at Morehead State.

Henry Clay long snapper Justin Rawlins is headed to Eastern Kentucky.

Blue Devils Coach Sam Simpson said running back Elijah Bell, a member of the Class of the Commonwealth, is looking at junior colleges in Mississippi and Texas.

Henry Clay receiver Austin Black is considering offers from Centre, Georgetown and Pikeville. Running back D.J. Jackson has NAIA offers, but Simpson said he's thinking about walking on at UK.

Lexington Catholic record-setting receiver David Bouvier is walking on at UK, and tight end/defensive lineman Conor O'Brien is going to Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.

Lexington Christian receiver Chandler Sneed will play at Centre.

Class 6A state champion Scott County has six seniors who'll play at the next level, led by Mr. Football finalist Scott Daniel, who signed with Eastern Kentucky.

The Cardinals' other signees are defensive tackle Austin Crank (Georgetown), linebacker Brad Caldwell (Campbellsville), tight end/linebacker Thomas Daniel (Cumberlands), center Travis Wright (Cumberlands), and offensive lineman Daniel Berry (Cumberlands).

Mike Fields: (859) 231-3337. Twitter: @MikeFieldsNotes. Blog: fieldsnotes.bloginky.com.

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