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Looking at Kentucky’s Loaded High School Junior Class

Last season the state of Kentucky sent Drew Barker, Matt Elam, Lloyd Tubman, and Adrain Middleton to the Cats. Damien Harris, Eli Brown, Darrian Scott, Emmit Smith, Devon Wharton, and Mason Wolfe headline a talented group of Kentucky high school seniors that will be making plays all over the state this fall. It seems we are currently in a golden era for elite football players in the state and 2016 looks like it could produce the biggest in state-haul of all. Kentucky has already gotten commitments from LANDON YOUNG out of Lafayette and  ZY’AIRE HUGHES of McCracken County but who are the guys that may join them? Let’s take a look:

Drake Jackson

The nation’s top center in the class of 2016 hails from nearby Versailles and it’s looking like Kentucky and Alabama will be battling for his services. Kentucky won over Matt Elam but will they be able to wrap up Jackson in another battle that will likely go down to the wire? The Yellowjackets went just 1-9 last season but with Jackson anchoring that O-line 2014 should be an improvement. Still, one guy can’t change an entire football game so it’s unlikely Woodford County makes too much noise in the 5a class this season.

Quinton Baker

Al Baker was an absolute monster coming out of high school and made his impact at Kentucky with 1800 career yards and 18 touchdowns. He went on to be drafted after the 1990 season but the injuries that plagued his college career kept him out of the NFL. Now Al’s son Quinton is a prospect out of Ashland Blazer with a Kentucky offer and an ability to run the ball like his pops. He’s not the only guy coming out of the new Ashland Blazer pipeline either.

Jacob Long

Jacob Long was named a top underclassmen at the Rivals Camp in Columbus earlier this summer because he was the only guy that could slow down Alex Stump, another future Cat. Long doesn’t have an offer yet but the super athlete was on campus this past weekend as a part of the Friday Night Lights event and rumor has it he made a nice impression on the staff. Long tweeted this shortly after:

With two elite prospects the real season should be a good one for Ashland Blazer.

Keion Wakefield

Louisville Male looks to be the top team in the state for 2014 and a big reason for that is the play-making ability of Keion Wakefield. Wakefield already holds offers from UK and Cicny with Louisville, Oregon, and Florida in hot pursuit. At 5’9 he seems like another version of Ryan Timmons which would be a perfect replacement in 2016. Neal Brown is on the case and he’s had a pretty good track record with in state kids so far.

Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel hails from my neck of the woods in Paintsville and was on campus this past weekend with all the other 2016 recruits. Kash is being recruited as yet another top athlete and like Zy’Aire he plays quarterback for his current school. Daniel doesn’t have an offer yet but that could change over the next two seasons.


With players from every corner of the commonwealth there will be plenty of chances to watch these guys develop over the next two seasons. Who do you hope ends up as an eventual Cat?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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20 Comments for Looking at Kentucky’s Loaded High School Junior Class

  1. Coach
    8:35 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t know his name but Manuel has a DL/DE guy about 6’5″ 270 that is really good. Couple big time schools r on him but UK isn’t i

  2. Western KY
    8:54 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    These are all kids from the Eastern part of the state. There is D1 talent in the western part of the state in McCracken, Caldwell, Christian, Trigg, Daviess, and Warren, etc. Among others. One thing that has stood out to me is how Stoops and Co are out-recruiting Louisville for the in state kids. That wasn’t the case before and was a big factor in the rivalry.

  3. The Loco Pollo
    8:55 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Al Baker is a name I haven’t heard in a very long time. He was one of my favorite players as a kid. Best of luck to his son. Hope he’s a Cat!

  4. Tomcat
    9:32 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Baker’s freshman and soph highlights – IMPRESSIVE

  5. twnky
    9:58 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Who is Cicny?

    • CatFanForLife
      10:26 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      Ditto. Andrew-just slow down a bit. There’s no award for how quickly you post a story. This and to go along with Loan Oak earlier today (it’s Lone Oak) is not reflecting well on your proofreading ability.

  6. rn4ever
    10:10 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Jake Long and Quinton Baker should be a great duo to watch! Both boys are phenom athletes. Both would be an asset to the cats and bbn.

  7. louisville catfan
    11:15 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Lamarius kinslow….fern creek hs. Scary athlete. Bad team so doesnt get recognition…..yet.

  8. bluemanchew
    11:52 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Trevor carnell bullitt central will drop 300 yards rushing on anybody. With zack smith 6’4 300 o lineman.

    • Brian
      9:52 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

      Just stop. Please.

  9. Dogwaller
    11:52 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Ashland “Paul” Blazer please, I didn’t go there but even I know that. Founder of Ashland Oil aka Marathon Oil. Thanks

  10. Boomer
    12:36 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

    Great to see a kid from the mountains being recruited, Kash will be a huge difference maker if the Cats land him. Physically he could play college right now

    • LexCath
      10:11 pm July 21, 2014 Permalink

      He can excel at many positions, saw him Friday night. Huge kid for a incoming junior at QB, but I saw him working at tight end and has good hands. Paintsville doesn’t have much but he would start for us. Good luck to him, hope UK gets him and Letton.

  11. Daizon
    5:04 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

    Paul G Blazer highschool. Is now refered to as Ashland Blazer? interesting, but who cares if its getting UK press.

  12. Education Reform Movement
    7:32 am July 21, 2014 Permalink


    Could you sign this petition:

  13. Ukfanjh
    9:49 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

    All of them if they are talented ENOUGH!

  14. Laker Cat 18
    10:52 am July 21, 2014 Permalink

    Get your hind end to Pulaski County if you want to see some 2016 talent.

  15. clancyhat
    12:21 pm July 21, 2014 Permalink

    I want them all. ( does that make me greedy ).
    And yes, I have heard it called Ashland Blazer.

  16. Glenn Fohr
    1:06 pm July 21, 2014 Permalink

    Somebody needs to come down to Breckinridge County and check out a rising junior named Demetrius Mucker. He plays fullback, tailback and linebacker here and special teams. He never gets off the field. He even is the snapper on punts!!