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Getting To Know The 2012 Football Recruits (Part 1)

It’s that time of year where the your kids are out of school and making you crazy, you can’t go outside or more than five minutes without your undies feeling like they just got dipped in hot chocolate and it seems like the lawn needs mowed everytime you turn around.  Yep, it’s time football recruiting season. 

We’ve spent a lot of time behind the scenes at the KSR compound trying to come up with the best way to keep up with the football recruiting frenzy and have a few things in the works, but for now, we’re going to just dish out a few small little profiles so you can pretend you know what that football recruiting nut at your office is talking about.  Don’t worry, we’re going to go deep into basketball too.

So, on this fine Saturday, we’re going to start with some of the bigger names that Joker Phillips and his staff are targeting or at least putting out offers to.  These guys are listed in alphabetical order (more are coming), so don’t start telling me that my rankings are wrong.  Then you’re just acting like the football recruiting guy I mentioned above.  The guys below are among the four-star prospects that the Cats are putting in work with and the star rating is the average between ESPN, Rivals and Scout.com.  Got it?  Good.  Let’s do this.

The guys who could become Cats….

  Kwon Alexander, DE 

6’2″,  210 pounds
Oxford, Alabama

Star rating:  4.3

Bio:  Alexander, rated by Scout.com as a five-star prospect and the #1 overall outside linebacker prospect in the nation has interest from nearly every school with a pulse and a trophy case.  He was recently named MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp, where he spent considerable time with some Stephenson High School boys.  He plans to wait until Signing Day to pick his school and you can probably safely bet that he’ll be one of the guys awkwardly talking with Lowell Galindo and whatever awkward outfit he picked up at Abercrombie that morning.  Work your magic, Tee.

Other schools in play:  Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU….pretty much everyone

Video:  Shield the children’s eyes.  It’s going to get violent.

  Drae Bowles, WR

6’1″,  205 pounds
Jackson, Tennessee

Star rating:  3.7

Bio:  Bowles is a member of the ESPN 150 Watch List and quickly gaining interest from big programs, including Michigan, who offered him two weeks ago.  He’s a speedy wide receiver who averaged 19 yards per catch as a junior last season and his coaches rave about his character and leadership off the field.  Wait, a Tennessee wide receiver who is a better guy off the field than he is on it?  I’ve heard that story once before and it worked out pretty well….He was recently invited to the US Army All American game, which will be played in January in San Antonio.  Sometimes he poops.  One time, Scout.com caught him in the act and made it his profile picture.

Other schools in play:  Auburn, Arkansas, Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee

Video:  Wait, this isn’t the KSTV Casting Call?

  Beniquez Brown, RB

6’2″,  210 pounds
Florence, Alabama

Star rating:  3.7

Bio:  Brown is rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and Scout, but as three-stars by Rivals.  He runs a 4.5 40 and has visited Alabama and Florida recently.  He’s been very open about Alabama being his leader.  Probably should have taken him off of here, but I’ve already put a lot of time into this please at least humor me and keep reading all these words that I’m typing to make it look like I have a lot to say about him.  Thanks.  You’re great.

Other schools in play:  Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee

Video:  Apparently, all he does is win.

  Josh Harvey- Clemons, OLB

6’5″,  200 pounds
Valdosta, Georgia

Star rating:  4.0

Bio:  This football player (calling him that because he’s listed as “Clemons” on some sites and “Harvey-Clemons on others) is on the ESPN 150 Watch List and a member of Rivals’ 100.  He’s projected as an extremely athletic linebacker at the college level.  Should he end up at Kentucky, he and the Josh Clemons already on the roster will star in a musical football adaptation of The Parent Trap on campus.

Other schools in play:  Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Clemson

Video:  I don’t even want to do this to you, there’s just nothing else

  Travares Copeland, ATH

5’11 180
Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Star rating:  3.5  (not rated by Rivals)

Bio:  Copeland recently transferred to Port Saint Lucie, where he will play quarterback this season, though that is not where he projects in college.  He is most likely a wide receiver.  Copeland was named Top Overall performer at the Orland MVP Camp in February.  He said this past week that he plans to visit Kentucky for an unofficial visit where he’ll officially find out that no one turns high school quarterbacks into NFL wide receivers like Joker Phillips.

Other schools in play:  USF, Louisville, Florida International, West Virginia

Video:  We balling, boy!

Article written by Thomas Beisner

11 Comments for Getting To Know The 2012 Football Recruits (Part 1)



  1. Rhymes With Thespian
    3:15 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    Uno!

    If we get just one of those guys I will faint.



  2. I can't see the comments
    3:36 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    Getting to know the guys you’ll see playing at Commonwealth… in the other team’s uniform.



  3. BPsycho
    3:37 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    #2 Hey! We could get Copeland, probably maybe.



  4. Football Man
    5:03 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    Good to see we are going after some top talent! I hope we can keep getting better & better! Keep the positive stories about football coming! Changing people’s perception takes time. We need more people to see football in a positive light! If people see you are tryin’ they will be more apt to follow you!



  5. GhostofBearBryant
    5:32 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    These are some studs. Can’t wait to see Bowles in Blue



  6. ThrobnThor
    5:53 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    WHO GIVES A FLYN’ FART ‘BOUT FOOTBALL?



  7. lih
    7:21 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    :::



  8. mocha
    7:23 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    Kwon is NOT walking through that door.



  9. Football Man
    10:59 pm June 4, 2011 Permalink

    Who can sell the f-ball program like Cal sells the b-ball program? I would be in Cal’s office learning the art of the deal!!!



  10. bonkrshr
    12:07 am June 5, 2011 Permalink

    Drae Bowles is absolutely the real deal… man among boys…
    Good kid and good student.
    UK is hitting West TN hard and has established itself nicely…
    For whatever reason, UT has not recruited heavily in this area leaving the door open for big blue…
    Most recently with the two kids from Milan… Coleman, Williamson
    Love seeing Big Blue take UT to the woodshed in its own back yard



  11. JBR
    3:56 am June 5, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, about time we get some football coverage on here…let’s step it up a little KSR