May 30, 2006

Kentucky's top junior prospects

Traditionally one of the top basketball states in the nation, Kentucky has been producing more and more football prospects in recent years. In 2006, 32 seniors from the Bluegrass State signed with Division 1 schools for football and the 2007 class could be just as deep. CardinalSports.com and the CatsPause have canvassed the state to round-up a pre-evaluation watch list of the Top 30 players in the junior class.

Who's No. 1?

Unlike in previous years, it is tough to find one particular prospect who stands out as a Rivals Top 100 national player. Last season it was Ft. Campbell's Micah Johnson. The season before boasted defensive linemen James McKinney and Earl Heyman. The 2004 class had Brian Brohm, and Michael Bush headlined the 2003 Kentucky class.

In the 2007 class, four or five players could make a run at the top spot before all is said and done. Stuart Hines currently takes Kentucky's top prospect honor because the Bowling Green native's 6-foot-5, 280-pound size and potential to dominate can't be overlooked. With a 300-plus pound bench press, a 500-plus pound squat and offers from West Virginia, Michigan State, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Baylor and others, Hines is a clear four-star prospect.

Louisville St. Xavier running back Victor Anderson could be the state's most spectacular player. The West Virginia commitment rushed for 1,512 yards and 26 touchdowns last season and had more than a 1,000 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore. Other challengers for Kentucky's top spot include 6-7, 306-pound offensive lineman Chase Dumphord from Paris, 6-5, 298-pound offensive lineman Brad Durham from Mount Vernon and Louisville Male running back/wide receiver Doug Beaumont.

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