Nacarius Fant already has had a fabulous high school career. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver has been a star playmaker for Bowling Green's back-to-back undefeated Class 5A champions.
Fant has 144 career receptions for 2,774 yards (that's almost 20 yards per catch) and 28 touchdowns. The two-time all-stater also has 1,278 yards and nine TDs as a kickoff and punt returner.
Fant has committed to his hometown WKU Hilltoppers.
With all he has accomplished going into his senior year, Fant deserves to be touted as a leading candidate for Mr. Football.
So where's the buzz about the Bowling Green star?
It's being drowned out by the hype about Conner quarterback Drew Barker, who has committed to Kentucky, and John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam, who will pick from among Alabama, UK, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Bowling Green Coach Kevin Wallace understands why Barker and Elam are getting more attention than Fant.
"The promotion of high school players has become all about who's the best recruit," Wallace said. "And the best recruits are the tallest, fastest, biggest guys.
"Our kids don't fit the computer model of what a big-time recruit is supposed to look like, and sometimes our guys get frustrated because of that.
"I like my guys. Colleges might not like 'em, but I do. I wouldn't trade them for anybody on Friday night."
Fant hopes Bowling Green gets a chance to face Barker and Elam in the playoffs. The Purples could meet John Hardin in the semifinals and Conner in the finals.
"Hopefully me and my teammates would perform well and we'd win another championship, and that'd speak for itself," Fant said.
Trinity quarterback Reggie Bonnafon, who has committed to Louisville, and South Warren defensive lineman Adrian Middleton, a UK commit, are among the other top seniors in the state.
Scott County Coach Jim McKee thinks his senior receiver/safety Scott Daniel deserves mention, too.
Daniel helped Scott County reach the 6A state finals as a sophomore, and he starred on both sides of the ball last fall when the Cards lost a 21-14 heartbreaker to Trinity in the state semifinals.
Daniel, who has a scholarship offer from Wofford, averaged only seven touches a game last year but had more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 21 TDs.
"He has such a huge impact on a game," McKee said.
Like Fant, Daniel doesn't get the media attention that Barker and Elam enjoy. Wallace said that's just the way the system works now, with social media helping to fuel the hype.
"It's all about who the big colleges want, and those guys are instantly tagged the best players," Wallace said.
That's already happening with the Class of 2015. Juniors Damien Harris of Madison Southern, Elijah Sindelar of Caldwell County, Reese Ryan of Lexington Catholic, and Eli Brown of Warren East already have national profiles.
Harris, who has committed to Michigan, is rated among the top running backs in the nation. Sindelar, who has an offer from UK, and Ryan, who has an offer from Louisville, are rated as top quarterback prospects. Brown, who's committed to Vanderbilt, is a highly rated linebacker.
50 of the top players
Austin Askin St. Xavier 6-7 270 Sr. OLDrew Barker Conner 6-4 215 Sr. QBElijah Bell Henry Clay 5-9 180 Sr. RBLogan Blue Owensboro 6-4 218 Sr. LB/TEReggie Bonnafon Trinity 6-2 185 Sr. QBEli Brown Warren East 6-2 195 Jr. LBSam Burchell Covington Catholic 6-2 225 Sr. LBWill Bush Ballard 6-1 200 Sr. WRRoss Cox Anderson County 6-3 205 Sr. WR/DBScott Daniel Scott County 6-1 170 Sr. WR/SKyle Downing Mayfield 6-5 220 Sr. OL/DEDajzon Dukes Doss 6-2 210 Sr. WR/SRyan Duvall Apollo 6-5 215 Sr. LBMatt Elam John Hardin 6-6 355 Sr. DLNacarius Fant Bowling Green 5-10 175 Sr. WRDeAndre Farris Collins 5-9 175 Sr. RB/WR/DBPhillip Francis Central 5-9 195 Sr. LBMac Franzen Newport Catholic 6-3 205 Sr. QB/SJake Guhy Mayfield 5-11 170 Sr. QBDamien Harris Madison Southern 5-11 198 Jr. RBJoe Hawkins Franklin-Simpson 6-3 240 Sr. DE/TEDevin Hayes Bowling Green 6-2 177 Sr. QBJoel Iyiegbuniwe South Warren 6-3 215 Sr. LBSeth Hope Highlands 6-3 220 Sr. DERobert Jones Valley 5-10 180 Sr. QBCody McPeek Fairview 6-4 314 Jr. OL/DLAdrian Middleton SouthWarren 6-4 265 Sr. DLKylan Nelson Lafayette 5-11 170 Sr. WR/RB/DBMichael Nelson NorthLaurel 5-11 170 Sr. Ath.Cole Ousley McCrackenCounty 6-3 175 Sr. QBDerik Overstreet PaducahTilghman 6-3 230 Sr. DELawson Page Collins 6-2 200 Sr. QBChris Porter-Bunton WarrenCentral 6-4 200 Sr. WRLincoln Quick BowlingGreen 6-2 224 Sr. LBChris Roberts FranklinCounty 6-3 260 Sr. RB/LBReese Ryan LexingtonCatholic 6-2 175 Jr. QBElijah Sindelar CaldwellCounty 6-5 200 Jr. QBAaron Smith PulaskiCounty 6-1 200 Sr. OLB/RBDonald Styles Central 5-10 160 Sr. LBDevin Taylor WestJessamine 5-10 210 Sr. RBR.J. Taylor TatesCreek 6-1 210 Sr. LB/TEBlue Tisdale BowlingGreen 6-1 190 Sr. RBNick True Highlands 6-5 240 Sr. OLLloyd Tubman Seneca 6-3 230 Sr. DLCharles Walker St.Xavier 5-11 175 Sr. RB/WRSani Warren Belfry 5-9 190 Sr. QB/DBMasai Whyte Collins 6-1 210 Sr. LB/RBCarson Whitehead HarlanCounty 6-1 215 Sr. FB/LBCole Wilson HarlanCounty 6-3 190 Sr. WR/DEChriston Woods Owensboro 6-1 230 Sr. OL/DE
(Based on survey of coaches)