Star Alcoa Trio Set for Visit to UK

Alcoa (Tn.) HS football is not just your average football breeding ground and because of the intense competition for college recruits each and every year, the Wildcats have yet to dip their hands into the pool.

This year they are pulling out all the stops, led by quarterbacks coach Randy Sanders. This weekend is step 2 in the song and dance.

First on the official visit list is Chris Shiverdecker, a 5-foot-11, 185 pound, Alcoa (Tn.) running back who won the 2004 PrepXtra Sophomore of the Year award and the 2005 BlueCross Bowl offensive MVP honor at Jefferson County HS before transferring to Alcoa.

"I like Kentucky," Shiverdecker confirmed, "You can't get in no trouble up there. I haven't seen much outside of football games, but I think it's a place I can just concentrate on football and school with no distractions."

Shiverdecker is planning on visiting the Wildcats campus this weekend for his first official visit to date.

"My visit to UK is still on," Shiverdecker said. "My teammates are going up with me. There is supposed to be three of us - Me, Kyrus and Rae."

Kyrus would be Kyrus Lanxter, a 6-foot-2, 175 pound wide reciever the Wildcats have coveted since the summer months when the talented speedster committed to West Virginia. Rae would be 4-star defensive end, Rae Sykes, who despite academic hurdles sports offers from Tennessee, Florida State and LSU.

Shiverdecker, in comparison to Sykes and Lanxter, however, does not have an offer from Kentucky and instead is hoping the weekend appearence in Lexington will help the Wildcats decide to pull the trigger.

"If the offer comes this weekend and I'm really feeling it, I might commit," Shiverdecker added, "but I've got some time to think about it. Signing day's in February."

After a year of sitting behind current JC running back Dustin Lindsey, who signed with Tennessee a year ago, Shiverdecker shined earning the 2006 Class 2A Mr. Football trophy after averaging 11.2 yards per carry and rushing for 2,139 yards and scoring 34 touchdowns as a senior.

He is being recruited by Tennessee, Florida State and Louisville. "Coaches love my speed," Shiverdecker explained. "They like my ability to stop and go and see the open spots in the defense. I make big plays."

A longshot to qualify, Shiverdecker knows he needs to pick it up in the classroom to get a chance to play next year at Division 1a school.

"I haven't talked to my guidance counselor, but I should be getting the results back soon," Shiverdecker confirmed. "I think I'll hear something soon."


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