Towles excited to be a Wildcat

Joker Phillips got great news when Highlands quarterback Patrick Towles decided to commit to the Kentucky Wildcats. Towles, one of Kentucky's top 2012 players, is expected to be a key player in UK's future.

Joker Phillips got great news when Highlands quarterback Patrick Towles decided to commit to the Kentucky Wildcats. Towles, one of Kentucky's top 2012 players, is expected to be a key player in UK's future.

Highlands went 14-1 this season behind a great statistical season from their junior quarterback. Towles threw for 2471 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also ran for 882 yards and 18 more touchdowns, carrying Highlands to the 5-A state championship.

That great effort earned him scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Illinois and Cincinnati.

"Cincinnati, they're coaches are really knowledgeable. Their quarterback coach is nice. Their head coach has been a winner. I liked Vandy because of the SEC and they are one of the best schools in the country. Then Illinois, their coaching staff is great. Coach Brohm really recruits well," he said.

But Towles really felt comfortable with Kentucky.

"Well, growing up I was always a huge Kentucky fan. My sister is a freshman down there. My dad grew up in Lexington. It's important for my friends to watch me play. It's only an hour and 15 minutes from home," he said.

So what did Towles like most about Kentucky?

"There are two things (I like most). I like that they play in the best football conference in the country. The SEC has won the last five championships. I want to go to college saying I have the opportunity to beat the best. The other thing is that Kentucky runs the pro-style offense. The pro-style translates well to the next level for me," said the 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior.

The coaching staff was excited about getting Towles's commitment for more than one reason.

"I was scheduled to go to Illinois the next day (for a visit). I walked out of the football office at Kentucky and I went back in and told (Joker) I wanted to be a Wildcat," said Towles. "It's good to get a quarterback early because it attracts other good recruits. Coach (Chuck) Smith did a phenomenal job recruiting me. He created a personal relationship with me. That's one of the reasons I chose UK," he said.

It is still fairly early on for Towles as he hasn't completed his junior season yet. There's plenty of time for other schools to step in and try and sway Towles, but Patrick is sold.

"I plan on spending the next four years at UK," he said.

Towles attended this weekend's scrimmage at UK and plans to visit Kentucky for their Blue White game in two weeks.


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