Highlands the home of UK's newest offer

Kentucky extended another scholarship offer recently and they didn't have to drive far to find out who the next beneficiary was. They headed for Fort Thomas and Highlands high school...

The hotbed for recruits the past 10 years, has yet another talented prospect and as Inside Kentucky reported first earlier this week, the Wildcats have finally decided to be the first to dip into this year's pool of talent, offering senior linebacker Jordan Nevels.

"Jordan is a fantastic football player," Bluegrasspreps.com's Rob Bacigalupo said. "Jordan could play WR on the D1 level, but I project him as a CB or SS at Kentucky because of his size."

Nevels, who transferred from Simon Kenton in January of 2002, has quickly become Highlands' top playmaker in 2004, following off last year's outstanding one-man show.

"Jordan is a big hitter on defense (he is playing LB this year and he played DB last year but he will be a DB in college)," Bacigalupo explained. "He may not have the kind of numbers many other recruits will have because Highlands is gifted with several skilled players this year, but he is one of the better players in Northern Kentucky."

The class of 2004 graduate is an extremely highly sought-after recruit being wooed by Wake Forest, Michigan State, Purdue, Auburn in addition to the Wildcats.

It's not his speed or size that makes him such an attractive prospect either; it's his ability to hit people.

"He could play tailback, slot receiver, cover corner or safety in college," Highlands coach Dave Mueller stated last season. "But there's no doubt in my mind that he's one of the hardest hitters I've ever coached. He'll hit guys big or small."

Nevels is the son of a Baptist minister and is currently an usher at his father's church. The soft-spoken, intelligent young man will most likely be getting even more attention in the coming months.

"He's too good to pass up on," Mueller said. "It's just a matter of where he'll play."

Photo Courtesy of Rob Bacigalupo of BluegrassPreps.com

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