Wildcats Eyes On Mason County Prospect

Kentucky Sports Report has a name Wildcat fans may want to keep at the forefront of the Class of 2011.

Don't be surprised in the future to hear the name of Neal Pawsat (Maysville/Ky/Mason County) mentioned as a possible quarterback prospect for the Wildcats. Pawsat may only be a junior this fall but his stock is climbing and the Wildcats have taken notice.

Over the past few years head coach Dave Buchanan of Mason County (Maysville, Ky) has seen his share of players take their game to the next level. But while the longtime head coach has his favorites one of his young guns has the head coach very excited.

"We've had some good ones over the years," Buchanan told Kentucky Sports Report. "I feel Neal Pawsat can be as good as any player we've had here and from talking with several college coaches they seem to agree."

While Pawsat still has two seasons left in the Commonwealth prep program colleges from the region have taken notice.

"I've been hearing from schools like Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Illinois, Western Kentucky, Duke and Cincinnati," said Pawsat by phone as he returned from camping at Louisville on Sunday."

At 6-foot-3, 205-pounds Pawsat has the physical size coaches look for. He also understands his future could also be at another position and that is fine with him.

"I want to be given the chance to play quarterback at the college level. But I also want to be a team player and if I can help a team at another position I'll play whatever position that helps us win."

While Pawsat's future is with his arm his ability to keep a defense honest with his legs helped Mason County to several lopsided victories this past season. Having passed for almost 1,700 yards and rushed for another 380 yards makes Pawsat a player you've got to keep in your sights.

As for his summer plans look for Pawsat to take in Kentucky Sr. Advance camp on June 12-th and then also camp at Vanderbilt (14-th), Illinois (15-th) and at Duke's quarterback camp that Thursday and Friday.

As for Pawsat's interest in the Wildcats he knows there is one thing the Big Blue can offer him.

"I like UK and have been there a couple of times. I went to a game last year and liked what I saw. I love the competition level the SEC provides and playing at a school in the SEC Conference would be great."

Right now the plan is to stay somewhat close to home.

"I'd like to stay close to home but I'm willing to travel if the opportunity is the right one. But I wouldn't want to go more than eight hours away."

A great student with a 4.0 GPA allows Pawsat to have his sights set on programs with solid academics.

"I like Vanderbilt a lot because I also feel the city of Nashville is a great city. I've also sent film to Miami Ohio and Duke and all three programs have great academics."

Kentucky Sports Report will soon have highlight footage of Neal so stay tune.

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