Future Hilltopper linebacker Lamarius Kinslow of Fern Creek suited up and served as a captain for the Louisville squad as they faced the stars from throughout the state in the annual Best of the Bluegrass on Sunday afternoon. While the Kentucky stars left the stadium at Louisville St. X as the winners, Kinslow left with a piece of hardware signifying him as his team's Most Outstanding Player.
"I just came out and put my heart in it," he said. "I knew this is probably my last high school game in my life, so put it all out there on the field."
Playing on both sides of the ball, Kinslow recorded multiple tackles and hauled in a pair of touchdown passes - 27 yards and 12 yards - from Male's Hayden Shelton to star for the Louisville team.
"I feel like I'm an athletic person, so I do whatever the team needs me to do," he said.
Kinslow, 6'2, 225-pound, committed to Western Kentucky in July over offers from Murray State and Southeast Missouri State.
"He's the biggest sleeper in the state," said WKU Insider publisher Jody Deming.
Having made prior trips to Bowling Green, he has plans to make his official visit on The Hill visit next month.
"I like the program and how they are building a consistent winner there," he said. "Adding me will help them continue that."
Kinslow will join a Hilltopper team that features a number of players from the Derby City, including the team's top rusher Anthony Wales and All-American wide receiver candidate Taywan Taylor.
"I looked up all those guys and I wanted to be as good as them," he said. "I'm looking forward to going down there and playing with them."
Kinslow hopes to be on the field next fall.
"The coaches tell me to be ready to come in and work hard, and that they'll try to get me on the field as fast as they can."
- Louisville's offensive MVP: Male QB Haydon Shelton
- Louisville's defensive MVP: Southern DB Jaylen Talbot
- Louisville's Most Outstanding Player: Fern Creek LB Lamarius Kinslow
- Kentucky's offensive MVP: Pulaski County QB Riley Hall
- Kentucky's defensive MVP: Warren Central DB Damani Walker
- Kentucky's Most Outstanding Player: Murray DL Tre Hornbuckle (Duke)