Tight end plans to grayshirt at WKU
Tyler Jefferson said the Western Kentucky University football program “is on the rise,” and he’s looking forward to being a part of it.
Jefferson was one of five Doss High School seniors who signed to play college football Wednesday during a ceremony at the school.
Jefferson, a 6-foot-6, 215-pounder, will be a grayshirt, meaning he won’t go on scholarship until January of 2016. Jefferson, also a member of the Doss basketball team, said he’ll play tight end at WKU.
“I really didn’t think I was going to play football when I first came to high school,” said Jefferson, an honorable-mention member of The Courier-Journal’s All-State team. “My mind was set that I was a basketball player. After my second year of football, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. It’s just amazing.”
Jefferson said he’s impressed with a WKU program that finished 8-5 and won its final five games last season. Included were a 67-66 overtime victory over previously undefeated Marshall and a 49-48 win over Central Michigan in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl.
“A lot of people down talk WKU about their sports, but they fail to realize they have amazing talent,” Jefferson said. “Since changing to Conference USA, the exposure is there. A lot more kids are going to want to start coming with them winning their last five games and going to the Bahamas Bowl.”
Other Doss players who signed Wednesday were Terrell Gray (Lindsey Wilson), David Mack (Kentucky Wesleyan), Elijah Battle (Findlay) and Philip Neal (Findlay). Gray plans to play football and basketball at Lindsey Wilson.
Doss football coach Phillip Hawkins said he expects four other players to sign in the coming weeks – Ramone Kelly, Keyshon Parris, Kyron Parris and Bryson Kirby.
Jason Frakes can be reached at (502) 582-4046 and followed on Twitter @kyhighs.