Rising star in Bell County

Bell County (Ky.) High School tight end Brent Slusher is drawing interest from a number of the region's top college programs. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder spoke with InsideTheVille.com about the recruiting process and more...

After posting a strong junior season at Bell County (Ky.) High School and turning an impressive outing at the US Army All-American Combine in January, Brent Slusher has attracted the attention of a number of the region's top college football programs.

Helping Bell County to a 10-3 record and a spot in the third round of the Class AAA state tournament, Slusher posted 14 receptions for 353 yards and 5 touchdowns from his tight end position. Playing linebacker he came just short of establishing a new school record for total tackles in 2005. He recorded 102 solo stops, had 31 assists and four sacks. He also forced four fumbles, recovering one, and he intercepted four passes.

While he has yet to draw his first scholarship offer, the list of those expressing an interest in the 6-foot-3, 225-pound tight end/linebacker prospect is long. Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, South Florida and Tennessee help make up a list that grows with each passing week.

"I've talked to Coach Nord a lot and he tells me that they want me at Louisville," Slusher said of the interest from the Cardinals program. "Louisville and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest right now - they are neck and neck."

The rising junior has already started making the rounds and has made a number of unofficial visits. In addition to his trip to the River City to see the Cardinals play North Carolina last October, Slusher also attended games at Duke, Kentucky and Tennessee.

However, in anticipation of participating in a handful of camps and combines during the spring, Slusher spends much of time preparing for his final year of prep ball.

"I'm lifting and running just about every day," he told InsideTheVille.com, adding that he'll continue to make unofficial visits during the coming months. "I'm also going to visit a couple schools soon and then go to some camps."

He's currently scheduled to visit North Carolina on the 25th of this month, with trips to Clemson, Kentucky and Florida State already set for the month of March. He's also planning on participating in a few combines, including the Scout.com All-American event at the University of Louisville on May 20.

While it's quite early in the recruiting process, Slusher did admit that four school's have taken an early lead over the others.

"It's still pretty early, but right now I'd say that Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and Auburn are my favorites."

Slusher racked up a number of post-season honors, including District Linebacker of the Year and All SEKC 1st Team.

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