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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Patrick Towles Signs with UK, Austin Sheehan Talks Recruitment

Patrick Towles, headlining one of Kentucky's best recruiting classes in the last 15 years, signed this afternoon in Highlands' media room among friends, family, football comrades and out of shape journalists. Fort Thomas Matters was there. Of Towles, Coach Dale Mueller said, "A lot of people consider Patrick to be the best football player that's ever been in the history of Highlands. He's won more awards than anybody else. I would fit right in with that group. I just don't think there's been a better football player."


My apologies for the amateur video footage. Don Weber of Northern Kentucky High School sports lore kept pushing his ginormous head into my shot.

I also was able to talk to Austin "Ozzy" Sheehan about where he is in his recruitment. Sheehan, a 5'10", 2-star WR, had all but sewn up his recruitment in June when he was offered, and accepted, a preferred walk-on spot at Kentucky. Austin said, "It would be great to go down to Lexington and continuing to play with Patrick. At this point, there are other schools that are definitely coming a little bit harder."

Sheehan has about 2 months to decide where he'll head to school in the summer, but at this point the offers are coming fast and furious. Recently Ohio State, Arkansas and Cincinnati have offered the same preferred walk-on spot on their teams. Not to mention scholarship offers from Eastern Kentucky and a slew of Division II schools.

"Recently, UC has been showing me a lot of love. One of the (UC) coaches was up here for (UC commit) Drake (Bruns) and his brother, Devin. He brought me out of class and talked to me a little bit. I'm going to try to get there next week, after the dead period to try to talk to everyone, to see what it's like and what plans they have for me."

Ozzy, a lifelong UK fan, visited Kentucky during the win vs. Tennessee this year. "The locker room after the game was amazing. It was something I'd definitely love to be apart of. UK hasn't really been showing me that much love lately, though."

As a UK fan myself and Fort Thomas native, I'd hate to let his Dickie Lyons-clone escape the reaches of Big Blue Nation. If I could say anything to Kentucky coordinator, Tee Martin, it would be this: Show Ozzy some love! Give the kid a scholly!

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