LEXINGTON, Ky. --- One of Kentucky's most fleet-footed prospects is Hopkinsville defensive back Brian Dodd.
The Tigers' 5-foot-10, 180-pound corner is drawing plenty of attention from the state's two major programs, Kentucky and Louisville, as well as offers from Arkansas and Indiana.
"I've heard a lot from Kentucky and Louisville," Dodd said. "I'm going to the game this weekend to check them out."
And will he have a rooting interest in the Bluegrass rivalry?
"Oh, I don't like Louisville too much," Dodd said. "I'll be pulling for Kentucky."
Arkansas and Indiana have shown a lot of interest of late, but "I don't really know a whole bunch about either of them," Dodd said.
Finding the right fit and a place he can get early playing time are the main things Dodd says he'll be looking for in a future school.
Dodd says he's not moving too quickly in his recruitment. Instead, he's focused on helping Hopkinsville pursue yet another regional championship, this time moving back down to Class 3A. The Tigers opened the 2001 season the same place they left off --- facing the state's top team, Louisville Male --- in the Integra Bank Classic at Trigg County.
"We played pretty well," Dodd said of the narrow 41-35 loss. "They weren't getting too much to Michael Bush (a 6-3, 225-pound junior wideout considered by many to be the state's top prospect). We didn't go a whole lot of man because they had so many good receivers and they were using a lot of picks, but I felt like I did pretty well."
In last year's Class 4A semifinals, Dodd took on the challenge of defending Male's Montrell Jones and held him to three receptions. Jones was later named Mr. Football and signed with Tennessee.
Dodd's athleticism is his calling card. He posted a 4.35 time in the 40 at the Western Kentucky combine, as well as a vertical leap of 33 inches and a shuttle time of 4.25. He's also got strength with a max bench of 280 and 18 reps of 175 pounds.
As a junior, he had eight interceptions to go along with 49 tackles. He also had 644 total yards and eight touchdowns as a running back and receiver.