After conducting a pair of prospect camps last week, including its first satellite camp, the WKU football staff has had the opportunity to evaluate approximately 700 student-athletes of varying classes and from throughout the region.
South Warren DE/TE Zach Haynes was among the large turnout of prospects that attended the Hilltoppers on-campus camp on June 4. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound prospect has been on the WKU staff's radar for awhile and his performance appears to have enhanced their interest.
"Camp went well," Haynes said. "The coaches were impressed and they said they liked me a lot. They said I would be hearing from them soon."
Appalachian State, Army, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Navy, SE Missouri, Southern Illinois and Wofford have extended scholarship offers to Haynes. WKU, along with Charlotte, Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee are among the others expressing an interest.
"I've enjoyed the process so far; going to meet new people and seeing possible landing spots has been pretty cool."
As a junior, Haynes registered 38 tackles. He also hauled in six receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Lexington Catholic safety Jack Fagot has seen interest rise since turning a pair of impressive camp Nike camp outings.
"The recruiting process has been difficult but I feel like it has taken off recently," he said. "Due to my performances at camps and combines and placing first at the Atlanta Nike rating day out of 2600 athletes. Also my performance at the Nike opening in Columbus I got top five Nike sparq score and top six safeties."
He turned in another solid performance at WKU's prospect camp earlier this month.
"I did preform in the camp and it went really well," he said. "Coach Cassity and coach Holt really liked how I played and tested out. They are interested in me and plan on keeping in contact."
Fagot currently holds offers Morehead State and Southeast Missouri. Ball State and Middle Tennessee are among the others expressing interest.
Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic quarterback Jakob Parks is among a large group of signal-callers that head coach Jeff Brohm and his staff are evaluating this spring.
The 6-foot-4 Parks, who holds an offer from Eastern Kentucky, left The Hill impressed by the campus and the football program.
"I loved it," he said. "The atmosphere of WKU was great. The coaching stuff showed me lots of love and attention and the way they coach was excellent. It was definitely a great experience and camp."
Another quarterback that is seeing his stock continue to rise is Cam Northern of Jeffersonville, Ind.
The 6-foot-3 Northern camped with Ball State earlier in the week and then with WKU at its satellite camp in Shelbyville, Ky. He'll camp at Purdue on Sunday.
"Ball state was okay. but I dominated at WKU," he said. "(I) got an offer from Kentucky Wesleyan and Kentucky State, and WKU still showing a lot of interest but no offer yet though."
Following his work at Thursday's camp, Northern spent a few minutes visiting with the Tops head coach.
"I've been in heavy contact with coach Brohm and (coach) Barclay," he said. "I actually met with Jeff Brohm (at the camp). He said that he was very impressed."
As a junior, Northern, also a standout on the diamond, threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Red Devils, garnering All-Area and All-State accolades.
Cincinnati, Marshall and Miami of Ohio are also expressing an interest.