Five Up-and-Comers: Kentucky

There are a slew of underclassmen in Kentucky's 2014 class who have the ability to become star prospects during their junior years.

There are a slew of underclassmen in Kentucky's 2014 class who have the ability to become star prospects during their junior years.

The first player who comes to mind with star potential is Drew Barker, but the Conner quarterback has been well chronicled the last few months. There are some athlete who you may have never seen who will be known all over the state in the not so distant future.

Robert Jones - 6-foot-1, 170-pound ATH - Robert Jones will line up at quarterback this year for Valley High this year. It's unknown whether he'll play that position at the next level. What is known is that Jones is a smooth athlete who has the ability to make people miss in open space. This year, Jones will show everybody if he can put the ball in his receivers' hands. But even if he can't, his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect as a wide receiver.

Davion Jackson - 5-foot-10, 170-pound RB - Davion Jackson, as a sophomore, showed the kind of explosiveness that some of the top players in Kentucky have shown in recent years. Jackson has the ability to change direction at top speed without missing a step. If Jackson can continue to hone his skills and get stronger, he'll be one of the most highly recruited players in Kentucky's 2014 class.

Matthew Elam - 6-foot-6, 300-pound OL/DL - Size is always an irreplaceable asset on the football field. But Matthew Elam isn't just big. He can move. And he's very physical. Elam looks good as a defensive tackle, but he could probably play on the offensive side of the ball as well. He'll just need more practice time working on his craft there.

Derik Overstreet - 6-foot-3, 230-pound DE - Derik Overstreet played last year at about 200-pounds. But since the off-season, he has grown two inches and gained 30 pounds. At that size, he was able to gather 74 tackles for Paducah. Now with his added strength, he could be the most dominant underclassman defensive end in Western Kentucky.

Darrius Spivey-Nunn - 6-foot-1, 165-pound CB/WR - Joining his teammate, Derik Overstreet, Spivey-Nunn has a chance to be the most dominant defensive back in Kentucky's 2014 class. The junior has great hands, great speed and great ball skills for such a young player. Coaches at the next level has already expressed their interest and will be in the stands to see Darrius's development.


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