GIDEL: Sunday's Around the State

A new feature presented to our members this fall is 'Sunday's Around the State,' where's Rob Gidel takes an inside look at the current football recruiting situation around the state of Kentucky. This week's edition includes, Sam Gardner, Justin Burke, Bradlee Jones, Orlando Misaalefua, Ty Sargent, Garnett Phelps, Brian Anderson and our player of the week.

LexCath QB to announce
The Justin Burke recruiting pursuit may be coming to an end, sooner than expected.

Arguably the state's best quarterback prospect, Burke announced at halftime of the Lexington Horseman playoff game that he has decided to announce his collegiate choice 'in a week or so.'

Burke is down to five schools according to numerous sources close to the situation. Those five have not been confirmed by Burke himself, but they are rumored to be Northwestern, NC State, Kentucky, Louisville and Purdue

The 6-foot-4, 195 pound gunslinger has stressed his desire to play for a prodimantly academic institution. He has offers from Michigan State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Rutgers, in addition to the five rumored favorites. Ole Miss has reportedly been eliminated because of an earlier verbal commitment.

Nothing Changed with Gardner
Fans of the University of Kentucky will be disappointed to know that the Wildcats are still behind for local Henry Clay HS standout, Sam Gardner.

"Everything's still the same with them," Gardner said. "If anything, the interest has slowed down even more."

While Gardner does have impressive size, his tenacity has been questioned by several scouts that have seen his play. He does hold scholarship offers from Michigan State, Louisville, Oklahoma and Western Kentucky, in addition to UK. His two favorites are still UofL and Michigan State.

Ashland FB Gaining Interest
One player that has seen his stock rise considerably of late is Bradlee Jones from Fairview High School.

"I've talked to a bunch of schools around Kentucky and I'm getting a lot of interest from some more prominant academic schools," Jones said.

After taking an unofficial visit to Harvard, Jones says the prospects of him leaving the state are good if the in-state schools don't deliver a scholarship offer.

He intends on taking an unofficial visit to UofL later this month.

The Third Amigo at Fort Campbell
The third of the three amigos at Fort Campbell (Ky.) High School is Orlando Misaalefua. The 6-foot, 200 pound prospect is a fan favorite because of his speed and his tenacious attitude around the football. Although he plays linebacker, he'll most likely project as a safety at the next level.

"My engine never stops," Misaalefua said, "I'm like the energizer bunny."

Cincinnati, Ohio, Marquette and Ball State have all been speaking to Orlando about possibly offering. He says the Wildcats have been the most energetic among the in-state schools.

Yes, Drill Sargent
A major prospect could be brewing in Maysville (Ky.), home to Ty Sargent, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound cornerback/quarterback/running back/wide receiver.

"My coach put me down as an athlete because I can play all over the field," Sargent said. "I'm gonna play quarterback and defensive back this year. Coach wants me to go both ways because he says he can't afford to have me out (of the game)."

Sargent ran consecutive weeks at under 4.45 as a sophomore, camping at Ohio State and Marshall. Despite being a huge Ohio State fan, he admits to wanting to stay close to home.

Good for Anderson
Pat on the back to Brian Anderson from Male High School. A year ago, who would've thunk that the skinny Anderson would nail down some serious college attention, but that's exactly what he did after dominating the 7-on-7 passing camps across the country.

His commitment to Marshall will most likely hold up, and I have no doubt his improvement will continue when he plays in an offense that will utilize him accordingly.

Don't be surprised to hear his name be thrown around as another in-state kid that got away.

A Star On, and Off the Field
Garnett Phelps of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard HS is still a relatively unknown prospect, despite the fact he's been one of the more heavily sought after recruits in the state. That could be because the talented athlete has been participating in the Govenors Scholar Program in Frankfort (Ky.), where the state's best and brightest are invited to participate each year.

"This has been a great experience for me," Phelps said in regards to his trip to Frankfort. "I'm very fortunate to have this opportunity and am really enjoying the time in the program."

Because of the program, Phelps hasn't had much of a chance to narrow things down, recruiting wise. "I don't have any offers at this point, but I know there are a lot of schools calling and in contact with me," Phelps said. "Wake Forest, Indiana, Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky are the main ones that call the most right now."

Player to Watch
Josh Hatchell - LB/DE 6'2 210 - Mayfield

The former Princeton (Ky.) native and son of former Caldwell County coach Anthony Hatchell, has moved with his father to Mayfield and will be the starting linebacker and fullback. A sure-fire diamond in the rough now, Hatchell is going to have to carry a defense that was less than respectable last season. If Hatchell is half the player he was at Caldwell County, he'll get a lot more publicity now that he is at Mayfield and that could lead to some additional college interest.

Hatchell was a standout at the Western Kentucky Combine earlier this summer, but did not run the 40-yard dash because of a strawberry on his leg.

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