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Patrick Towles Love From ESPN Continues


Beisner brought up the commentary from Luginbill on Patrick Towles from the Elite 11 quarterback camp, but that wasn’t the only attention the future Cat got from the world wide leader today.  As ESPN ran down the recruiting classes for the 2012 SEC schools, Towles was the player of note from Edward Ashcoff.

Here’s what he had to say:

Spotlight: Quarterback Patrick Towles of Fort Thomas, Ky., hasn’t received a ton of publicity, but he is a talented dual-threat quarterback. He isn’t easy to bring down at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and also has a very strong arm to work with. Towles threw for 2,471 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior.

Joker has done a great job filling out the recruit class early and often, but Towles really could be a special get for the Kentucky program.  It’s a little early to predict how he will fit in with Joker’s system, but there is a lot of excitement around Towles for those that have seen him.

If you want to see the full list of how the SEC schools are doing with recruiting, you can check out the SEC blog over at ESPN.  And for those of you who like to keep count, Kentucky is just behind LSU, USC, Florida (15 recruits) and Alabama (14) with 13 commitments to date.  Doesn’t really mean much, but Tennessee has four.  Just saying.

Article written by Will Lentz

18 Comments for Patrick Towles Love From ESPN Continues

  1. Mary Jo Perino's Goods
    3:09 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Uhhh….what exactly is “Joker’s system” and how can any halfway-decent QB NOT fit in with it? Can the guy toss it towards the sideline for a screen pass? Maybe hit someone running a 5-and-out? Oh, he can?? SIGN HIM UP, FELLAS!

  2. Claud Bawls
    3:15 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Many say that Towles is better than Pike. Much better.

  3. barn
    3:15 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    if he actually progresses in star status don’t look for him in lexington in ’12

  4. fatukfan
    3:24 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Go watch him beat up Trinity August 17th @ Trinity

  5. walter sobchak
    3:36 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    1) You must not watch football if you think that is Joker’s offense. Joker’s offense is not the Mumme dink-and-dunk passes…..there may be a screen pass or two a game, but it’s to get the ball into the hands of someone who can make things happen (ie – Cobb the last few years).

    Andrew Woodson threw the ball downfield a lot, and Hartline did it often last year.

    3) Wrong.

  6. walter sobchak
    3:38 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    3) ESPN lists Towles as a 4-star. Pike a 3-star. Would that be considered a progression in stars? Towles will be a Cat….(Ft. Thomas pipeline – they bleed big blue up there).

  7. ChicagoCat
    3:47 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    5 – Couldn’t agree more. People forget that Hartline was never the best downfield passer, and that he improved dramatically in leadership and timing his senior season. There was a reason the reigns got pulled in on offense when Hartline took over. Cats looking great in recruiting in 2012 gets me all hot and bothered for football.

  8. Emmert still sucks
    3:52 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sure all the football naysayers will do all they can to run him off but I have yet to hear anyone say that Towles isn’t WAY better than Pike and may be the best QB in Kentucky since Couch/Lorenzen.

  9. UKfanNKY
    4:11 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Towles WILL BE THE MAN for KENTUCKY!!!! He is a much beeter QB than Pike just set your DVR on Thursday Sept. 1 to Fox Sports Ohio and you will find out. Highlands plays host to Dixie that night and you will NOT be able to get near the Highland stadium and SHOULD BE IN NASHVILLE CHEERING ON THE FOOTBALL CATS!!!! GO CATS!!! and Patrick we look forward to watching you as a CAT!!!!!!!!!

    All you haters move-on!!!!! GO CATS!!!

  10. tom
    4:37 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Towles sounds like a gem. If he lives up to expectations during his senior year the challenge will be keeping him. I once said, all the river guys go north to Ohio State if they are any good…but now! lol

    Thanks for the scouting report 9. Love your enthusiasm. I once had it years ago with UK football…always believing this was going to be the year we break out of the pack and win 8 or 9. But now, I am just a realist, still a fan, but a realist. a roster of 2 and 3 star players just don’t match up with rosters crammed with 4 and 5 star athletes. I think our first team guys are pretty good but our quality of player drops off dramatically as we go down the depth chart. I was a linebacker on a perinneal bottom feeder in the old Big 8 Conference and know how tough it is when the opposing players are just a step faster and little bit stronger. It amounts to about 20 points. Hope springs eternal in July and August though. Keep the faith and I sincerly hope you won’t be disappointed come November.

  11. Justin G.
    4:43 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I think Towles is going to be a great QB at UK! He has all of the attributes to be a star. Now, please do not think that having 13 commitments is anything great. Isn’t it know that its more about QUALITY and not quantity! So, heres to hoping that these commitments are diamonds in the rough, because they are not the most sought after recruits. Thats just the truth. We have been stuck at 6-7 wins, and that is fact. Heres to hoping we can get to 8 and start making some noise in the SEC, because, that is the only way to truly compete on the recruiting trail.

  12. KYBLUE
    4:45 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    And 5 now with Cobb what do they do? Id love to see that completion rate of balls thrown down the field. Usually screens and 10-15 yard outs.

  13. Football Man
    4:48 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like we hit the jackpot!

  14. hawaiibillT
    6:01 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    don’t forget to include Maxwell Smith in the QB conversations

  15. naya
    9:32 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    26. just sayin

  16. Bluenwhite22
    10:21 pm July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Nice article. You must know a lot about our recruits, since that isn’t a picture of Towles that you posted.

  17. UKfan97
    10:00 am July 20, 2011 Permalink

    My personal scouting report on Towles: I have seen him play quite a bit and he has pro potential for sure. His numbers would be a lot better if not for many dropped deep balls that were on the money and certain games not having to really throw in the second half. His speed is way underrated. He will need to work on more intermediate routes. Overall, I saw a pro arm and athletic ability. If Lorenzen could make it to the NFL, then Towles surely can as well.

  18. SECcollegerecruiter
    1:23 pm July 20, 2011 Permalink

    Having followed teams throughout the state last year, to add to UKfan97s report, Towles has great athletic ability, the best arm in the state, and is the best QB in the state. Not sure I would compare anyone to Lorenzen who I also saw in many games during his high school career. And I would add that Towles wide receivers last year also made some spectacular catches along with lots of yards after the catch (yac) which makes a QB stats look inflated.