Wharton commits to WKU

6-foot-2, 200-pound safety makes another talented in-state pickup for WKU and head coach Jeff Brohm.

Western Kentucky found out they were playing in the Bahamas Bowl on Sunday, but that wasn't the only good news for the program on the afternoon.

Christian County safety Devon Wharton committed to WKU after an in-home visit with Topper assistant coach Mike Cassity.

"Coach Cassity, he's a good coach, I like him," Wharton said. "He's stayed with me, so I really want to play for him.

"He got to meet my family. They talked a lot, and he's from Ft. Campbell, so he knew a lot of people around here. My family is excited, it's close to home and all that."

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior chose WKU over Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee State, Austin Peay, and Murray State among others.

He said Cassity was thrilled when he told him he was committing, and can't wait to coach him in the secondary.

"(Cassity) said congratulations, he said he was so happy that I committed and wanted to play for him," Wharton said. "I can get to the ball, I can get from the middle of the field to the side of the field quick.

"I'm still working on that though, working on my speed and breaking on the ball."

Wharton is the No. 16 commitment for WKU in their 2015 class, and the 12th from the state of Kentucky.

Their class currently ranks No. 6 in Conference USA, behind FAU, Marshall, Rice, UTSA, and Louisiana Tech--but they have the least amount of commitments from that group to this point, and several talented commits (like Quin Jernighan) haven't been evaluated by Scout analysts yet.

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