The Western Kentucky coaching staff remains busy during the spring period. The staff are visiting schools to speak with high school coaches, watch practices and take in spring games in their attempt to find the best prospects for the Hilltopper program.
Here's a look at some of the recent athletes to collect WKU scholarship offers:
WKU joined Conference USA rivals North Texas, Rice and Southern Miss, among others in offering three-star quarterback Aaron Allen of Missouri City (Tex.) Ridge Point. As a junior, Allen accounted for 2,620 yards and 30 total touchdowns. Allen threw for 2,398 yards, 26 TD's, and four INT's while completing 62.5 percent of his passes. He also ran for 222 yards and four scores on 4.6 yards per carry.
Sarasota (Fla.) Cardinal Mooney running back Bryce Williams added WKU to a list that also includes Buffalo, Central Michigan, South Florida, Utah State and a group of FCS programs. The 6-foot, 190-pound back rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, earning 3A All-State honorable mention accolades.
Jayden Patterson, a 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback from Lawrenceville (Ga.) Mountain View now holds scholarship offers from WKU, Army and Ball State, while also drawing heavy interest from Appalachian State, Georgia State, Vanderbilt and others. He's also a standout baseball player.
Charlotte (N.C.) Vance linebacker is a rising prospect that is nearing a dozen scholarship offers, including Appalachian State, Charlotte, Colorado State, East Carolina, Iowa State, Old Dominion and Western Kentucky. He was an All-Conference performer as a junior.
Defensive tackle Isaiah Forte is quickly becoming one of the more sought after defensive lineman in the Peach State. His WKU offer ups his list to 20, which also includes Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Kentucky, Memphis, Purdue, Southern Miss and Tulane.
Three-star wide receiver De'Marcus Adams of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland has a lengthy list of suitors that also includes Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Southern Miss and Wake Forest. He's rated as the No. 16 receiver in the Sunshine State and No. 44 in the south region.
Rome (Ga.) Darlington athlete Tijai Whatley is nearing 30 scholarship offers, but is in no hurry to pick a group of favorites. WKU joins a group that includes Boston College, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State, Kansas, Middle Tennessee, Purdue, Southern Miss and Wake Forest.