GIDEL: "Vanderbilt recruiting Kentucky star hard"

Madison Southern High School isn't known for producing Division 1 talent, but this year may be the lone exception, as Madison (Ky.) native Luke Stocker has added new offers from Duke, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky to go along with his first two scholarship offers from Louisville and Kentucky. Vanderbilt is also in the mix for this talented prospect.

"The whole process has been very overwelming really," Jeff Johnson, step-father of Luke Stocker said. "We never expected it to be the way it has been."

Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, NC State, Wake Forest and Stanford complete the schools of interest that are currently sending letters to the talented defensive end/tight end product.

"Georgia Tech wants to take a look at him in person and make sure he's at least 6-foot-5 before they go ahead and offer, but they said they would once they see him," Johnson said. "And Vanderbilt's really after him hard, they've been the most consistent."

Stocker was a bit of an unknown on the recruiting circuit, but has since seen his stock go through the roof of late. His step father said that can be accredited to a number of factors.

"He's 6'6 and he's not even 17 yet," Johnson answered. "He's about 221-222 pounds already and he was recently timed at 4.71 in the forty yard dash. He bench presses 285 pounds, squats over 300 and hand cleats 265 pounds. He's just a tremendous athlete with good feet and great hand eye coordination."

According to Johnson, Stocker's coach at Madison Southern had warned the family that this type of attention may be forthcoming. A former college coach himself, Southern's coach Doug Carter had the background in anticipating such attention.

"He warned us from the get-go," Johnson said. "He told us that with his hands and physique, he was going to be something special."

Stocker unofficially visited Kentucky April 2nd and plans to take in Louisville's scrimmage on Saturday.

"I know he wants to go to Georgia Tech and visit before the summer's over."

Cessna Adds Big Ten Offer

London (Ky.) native and North Laurel High School standout Chris Cessna will add to his list of early scholarship offers as Purdue University will join the in-state Wildcats of Kentucky.

"Purdue had called this morning and said they were sending a scholarship offer in the mail as we speak," new North Laurel head coach David Abbott said.

The often overlooked but extremely athletic Chris Cessna has already been to Kentucky (offer), Virginia Tech and Louisville this spring and has been getting high interest from several more schools across the midwest.

"He's a very talented receiver and a great looking linebacker for us," Abbott said. "He flys to the ball and he's got a great knowledge for the game."

As a junior, Cessna recorded 161 tackles, four tackles for loss and four sacks. The 6-foot-4, 215 pound beast also caught 31 passes for 518 yards and six touchdowns. Top Stories