The football season is over in Kentucky and many student-athletes are receiving accolades. Today, Scout Kentucky Preps releases their top 20 for the 2011 class.
SKP presents prospects 11 to 20.
20. Conner Hempel – 6-3 190 QB – Ryle – Conner Hempel was one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in Kentucky this season. Hempel led Ryle to an impressive season and at times carried his team offensively with his determination. Hempel can throw the ball well on the run and while his arm isn’t a cannon, he can make most of the throws required for the next level. Hempel is committed to Harvard.
19. Dakota Newsome – 6-2 185 ATH – South Floyd – Dakota Newsome is an under the radar prospect who played multiple roles for his high school squad. Newsome played quarterback for his team, but with his size and athleticism, he’s projected towards the wide receiver position or safety spot at the next level. Newsome holds offers from Purdue, Ohio, Northwestern, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky.
18. Zack Templin- 6-5 300 OL – East Jessamine – Zack Templin is a blue-collar prospect who has worked his way into college scholarship offers. Templin is a strong prospect who moves well for his size. Templin does a good job holding his blocks and is one of the better run blockers in the state. Templin currently holds scholarship offers from Kentucky State, Campbellsville and Lindsey-Wilson. Templin also has a preferred walk-on offer from Kentucky.
17. Ryan Smith - 6-1 310 DT – Henry Clay – Ryan Smith has the ability and the motor to be one of Kentucky’s top defensive players in this class. Smith has strength and a low center of gravity, making him hard to move out of the hole. Smith also does a good job of getting into the backfield and making plays. Smith’s single biggest strength is overall athleticism with his vertical, shuttle and physical strength. Smith holds offers from Navy, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Wofford and Murray State.
16. Josh Forrest – 6-4 200 ATH – Paducah Tilghman – Josh Forrest is just scratching the surface of his talents early in his football career. While most see Forrest as a tight end or a possession receiver prospect, he’s shown the ability to play defensive back effectively. Forrest doesn’t possess great speed, which is what keeps him from being one of the truly elite players in Kentucky, but his versatility makes him a solid prospect. Forrest is committed to the University of Kentucky.
15. Daylen Hall – 5-9 190 DB – St. Xavier – Daylen Hall is a great athlete with a great body for his age. Hall has bulked his body up to 190 pounds and maintained his great speed. With his added strength, he’s been able to play any defensive back position, but has been at his best at corner. Hall is also a demon on special teams, covering and returning kicks. Hall is committed to the University of Kentucky.
14. Jamon Brown – 6-4 300 DT – Fern Creek – Jamon Brown is another prospect with a very high ceiling. He’s blessed with great strength to take on double teams and still make plays in the hole and even in the backfield. There’s also a chance that Brown could wind up on the offensive side of the ball, but he is currently projected on defense. Brown is committed to the University of Louisville.
13. Mitchell Henry - 6-5 240 TE – Elizabethtown – Henry had one of the best seasons ever for tight ends in the state of Kentucky. Henry has great hands to go along with a large frame that can carry much more muscle mass. Henry, 6-5, 240-pounds, will likely remain at tight end on the next level, but he could also see time at defensive end. Henry is committed to Western Kentucky University.
12. Marcoreyon Tandy - 6-1 193 ATH – Christian County – Marcoreyon Tandy is considered one of western Kentucky’s best all around athletes. Tandy played several spots effectively for Christian County, including wide receiver, running back, defensive back, quarterback and kick returner. Tandy has a great combination of speed and strength. The first team All-State selection has offers from Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Arkansas State, Murray State and Western Kentucky.
11. LaMont McMurry – 5-9 185 RB – St. Xavier – LaMont McMurry was St. Xavier’s best offensive weapon this season and when he got healthy, he was one of the most productive backs in Louisville. McMurry is a smallish, but speedy running back who can also use his powerfully built legs to push the pile. McMurry is also able to line up in the slot and play some receiver. McMurry is considering offers from Middle Tennessee State, Indiana, Tennessee-Martin and Marshall.