It’s been just two short hours since David Elson announced that he received all 26 letters of intent earlier this afternoon, and we still await his first comments outside of a press release when he meets with the media today at 4 p.m.
The class includes four offensive lineman, averaging 271 pounds. That’s somewhat light by Football Bowl Subdivision standards, but you can expect that average will be up by the fall after these players get on the Western training regimen. Perhaps headlining the offensive linemen that have signed is Sean Conway from Father Ryan High School in Nashville. He received an offensive game grade of 91 percent in 2008, as well as being the 44th rated offensive guard in the U.S. by ESPN.com.
As for those prospects from Kentucky, plenty of notable tidbits about those players to go around. Wide receiver Jamarielle Brown led a resurgent Lone Oak High School team and rushed for 922 yards and 17 touchdowns on 123 carries. Quarterback Courtney Dalcourt is rated as the sixth-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com.
Even kicker Monte Merrick, from Bell County High School in Pineville, Ky., brings quite a resume to Western. He kicked a 56-yard field goal in 2008 which stands as the fourth-longest field goal in state history. Merrick is the 16th-rated kicker in the U.S. by Scout.com.
Elson was also able to snag two recruits from Texas, a state that is coveted as a recruiting paradise in college football. Wide receiver Will Adams is the sixth-rated receiver in the Dallas area by the Dallas Morning News. Safety Denton Allmon from Irving, Texas is also the 181st rated safety in the U.S. by ESPN.com.
– Andrew Robinson