Back to Brandent Englemon

Making an official visit to Michigan this weekend is Covington, Ky. (Cincinnati area) defensive back Brandent Englemon. We talked in the days leading up to the visit to Brandent, plus his coach and athletic director. Here are comments from his head coach (read about his Michigan connections!), plus more from Brandent himself.

Coach Farley tells us that he has Michigan connections:

"I am originally from Michigan. I've been Michigan fan my whole life. I'm from Lesley, Michigan, which is about 45 minutes from Ann Arbor. I started my teaching career at Mio, Michiagn. In fact I had (Michigan freshman basketball center) Graham Brown in middle school phys ed."

Regarding stats and honors for Brandent Englemon:

"Brandent's senior stats: We run the option, and Brendent led the team in both passing and rushing yardage. He completed 92 of 177 passes for 1,239 and 14 touchdowns. He rushed for 767 yards and four touchdowns."

"His career stats as a three-year starter: he passed for 4039 yards and 36 touchdowns ... he rushed for 1845 yards and 19 touchdowns ... as a defensive back he had two career interceptions."

"Brandent played in every game as a defensive back, as a cover corner, but only in passing and crucual situations. I wanted to play him at kick returner but my offensive coordinator went crazy on me when I suggested it."

"His honors: he was first team all state this year, an first team all Northern Kentucky two years in a row."

"He was Kentucky's male winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award. He won Kentucky's "That's My Boy" award, which is their scholar-athlete award."

"Brandent has a 4.88 GPA in the "International Baccalauret" program, the highest curriculum level in Kentucky, a level higher than "Advanced Placement." Brandent will walk in to Michigan, if he decides to go there, with over ten college credits already."

"Brandent is a 2002/03 Governors Scholar Recipient for Kentucky, which means he could go for free to any public college in the state."

"Brandent is also vice president of the senior class, and an officer in the National Honor Society."

As far as where Brandent will play in college:

Brandent: "Michigan is recruiting me as a defensive back ... I think as a cornerback."

Coach Farley: "Kentucky, Cincinnati and Louisville were all recruiting him as a defensive back. Other big schools backed off when he committed to Kentucky. Western Kentucky, the Champ in Division 1-AA, they run the option and have been after him as a quarterback."

"He's a little over 6-0, he's185 lbs., and he's in the low 4.5's in the 40 yard dash."

"Brandent's a tremendous competitor, a coach on the field, he led by example and vocally. Even as sophomore and junior (he started at quarterback both years) he commanded respect. He is fantastic athletically and academically."

Brandent himself adds: "I can think fast, create things. But I need to get a little bigger. I'll work on that after the basketball season. I'll be running track and lifting weights in the spring. This will be my first year of track, I'll run sprints."

Coach Farley: "Brandent can definitely play corner. He looks like Ty Law coming out high school."

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