Following a recruiting class that was built in three quick weeks that has little Bluegrass State flavor, Western Kentucky head coach Mike Sanford indicated a stronger effort for in-state recruiting moving forward.
"We’re certainly not going to take our home state for granted," Sanford said during last week's National Signing Day press conference.
The goal is to further cement WKU as an option for FBS-level prospects across the state of Kentucky and that effort is now fully underway.
“We want to build a fence around this state and we want to compete with Louisville and UK across the board in this state, and we really believe that we can,” Sanford said.
Here's a look at some of the players across the Bluegrass that have attracted the attention of the Hilltopper staff.
A pair early Scout 300 members and Louisville Waggener teammates, Jairus Brents and Tahj Rice, will be among the nation's most sought after prospects at their respective positions. Both currently hold scholarship offers from WKU and a host of others.
Louisville Trinity receiver Rondale Moore holds a WKU offer.
Linebacker prospect Justice Dingle moved to the Bowling Green area prior to his junior season from Tennessee and will also be a highly-sought after target.
Bowling Green is also home to Ziyon Kenner, a talented receiver that is drawing interest from schools throughout the region.
Among the talented targets in Northern Kentucky is Simon Kenton offensive lineman Colton Williams.
Boyle County offensive lineman Will Bramel visited WKU last season.
A safety certain to see interest rise throughout the process is Spencer County prospect Kadin Smith.
Among the prospects in the eastern portion of the state is defensive tackle Tyrese Allen.