After getting left at the altar by Antonio Heffner and Brian Brohm in a span of two weeks, the Wildcat Football staff finally recieved some good news Wednesday morning when three-star quarterback Joe Joe Brown de-committed from South Carolina and signed his letter-of-intent with Kentucky.
Brown, who hails from Cordele (GA) has been ranked around the Top 25 at his position by several recruiting services and a unanimous Top 30 player from the state of Georgia. He was a first-team all-state selection as a senior, completing close to 50% of his passes for 1,828 yards and 14 touchdowns, adding 258 yards and two TDs rushing. His junior season was even more impressive; throwing for 2,400 yards and 19 TDs, while rushing for close to 630 yards and seven scores.
A three time All-Region selection, Joe Joe made the squad his sophomore season as a reciever, hauling in over 600 yards of passes. In addition to reciever, Brown has played safety, punter, and kicker for his high school squad in three years of Varsity athletics.
Brown's addition to the class fills a glaring hole and will erase the concerns of many Wildcat fans, whom considered the class a bust without a marquee quarterback. He also fits the mold of the quarterback needed to be successful in this system; poccessing not only the speed and ability to scramble needed for the offense, but the ability to throw on the run, an intangible not often found in high school quarterbacks.
"Joe Joe's athleticism allows him to be a double-threat," Crisp County Coach Clay Hill said. "He has a strong arm and can throw from the pocket or on the run. He is very mobile and could get us out of bad plays with his quickness."
In the end, perhaps losing out on Heffner was the best thing for Kentucky. The 6-3 quarterback prospect from Crisp County, will not only bring years of experience, but tested experience from an area notorious for developing talent.
It is that reason alone why some in the inner-circles of the recruiting world are baffled by Lou Holtz's decision to let Brown go for Heffner, a polished athlete, but inexperienced in the sport of football. Heffner only played one year of varsity football and while he has a boat-load of raw talent, will need to add weight and learn alot to be a quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.
For Kentucky, this will be the third Georgia high school football star to sign with the Cats this season. The Cats have already utilized Joker Phillips contacts to pull away two other sleepers in Trevard Lindlay and Wesley Woodyard, in addition to last year's sleeper Roger Williams and future Wildcat Emmanual Harrell. With the level of talent the state has already generated, the coaching staff hopes to continue their good luck in Georgia for years to come.
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