Murray defensive end chooses Duke
Nearly half of Western Kentucky University’s football recruiting class for 2015 came from Kentucky high schools, and the Hilltoppers once again have tapped the Bluegrass State for their first three commitments in the Class of 2016.
Offensive linemen Jordan Meredith of Bowling Green and Seth Joest of Woodford County and versatile athlete Anthony Robinson of Frankfort have announced their commitments to WKU in recent days.
Nine of the 20 players in WKU’s 2015 recruiting class were from Kentucky high schools.
“Obviously Kentucky is a priority for them, but they also know they can’t be competitive in Conference USA if it’s the only place they recruit,” Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace said. “What they’ve done with their satellite camps has certainly shown that they want to go out and find the best players in a three-hour range of Bowling Green.”
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Meredith might be the most acclaimed of the three recent commitments, as he was a second-team member of The Courier-Journal’s All-State team last season.
Meredith plays tackle for the Purples, but Wallace said he’ll likely move to center at WKU.
“He’s a little undersized in high school to be a major recruit, but he’s very athletic,” Wallace said. “He understands how to use his body, especially in pass protection. … He’s the best pass protector I’ve ever coached.”
Joest, a 6-3, 290-pounder, played guard for a Woodford County team that finished 4-7 last season.
The 6-3, 225-pound Robinson played quarterback and defensive end as Frankfort went 10-3 last season. He also has experience at tight end and running back.
“His potential, I think, is unlimited right now,” Frankfort coach Craig Foley told the Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News. “He’s a kid that excels at basketball as well. So he’s never really devoted all his time to one sport. I think once he gets on campus and gets in a solid weight program, he’s going to physically explode.”
High school players in the Class of 2016 will be eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent next February.
MURRAY DEFENDER PICKS DUKE
Murray defensive end Tre Hornbuckle announced his commitment to Duke on Monday.
The 6-3 225-pounder posted 103 tackles (67 solo) for the Tigers last season and was an honorable-mention selection on The C-J’s All-State squad.
According to Rivals.com, Hornbuckle also has offers from Austin Peay, Indiana State, Miami (Ohio), Murray State, Ohio, Samford and Southern Illinois.
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