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Have seen other states' HS football all-decade teams on social media and figured this would be a good place to get it started for the Bluegrass.

 

Best Kentucky HS football players from 2010-2019. Any thoughts?

 

Great thread, @Cardinal Ghost ...and a heck of a solid first post on BGP. Glad to have you here!

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Nick Bohn, QB- Trinity

Class of 2018

National high school football record

79.7 completion rate

290/ 364

Previously held by Tim Couch '94

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I would argue Bush had a better career in HS than Clark but both great players regardless.

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Have seen other states' HS football all-decade teams on social media and figured this would be a good place to get it started for the Bluegrass.

 

Best Kentucky HS football players from 2010-2019. Any thoughts?

 

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In HS career, few had a greater impact on a game than Van Cleave of Danville. His speed was blinding and hard to catch on a high school football field.

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I would start with all of our BluegrassPreps.com Players of the Year for the decade:

 

2010 - Lamar Dawson, Boyle County

2011 - Patrick Towles, Highlands

2012 - James Quick, Trinity

2013 - Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green

2014 - Elijah Sindelar, Caldwell County

2015 - Riley Hall, Pulaski County

2016 - Jamale Carothers, Bowling Green

2017 - Rondale Moore, Trinity

2018 - Wan'Dale Robinson, Western Hills

2019 - Michael Mayer, Covington Catholic

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I believe Dante Hendrix from Cooper also would have been in the discussion for this team. Great player who put up big numbers, while having three different starting QBs each year from his sophomore year on. He was most likely every teams focal point to stop, and teams still couldn’t.

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Agree 100% that this should be focused entirely on High School performance. There are countless examples of kids who have outstanding HS careers but just don't pan out in college for one reason or another. There are also plenty of examples of elite HS players who never have the opportunity to play big-time college football for various reasons. Taking post-HS accolades and achievements into consideration would really just muddy the water here and eliminate an objective conversation. That being said, I did include where each of the guys on my list ended up (or are going to end up) playing college ball for 3 reasons:

 

1.) To validify my reasoning above.

2.) It's always interesting to see the recruiting battles Kentucky & Louisville have lost with elite players from the state of KY.

3.) For my own recollection (please correct me if I'm off with any of these).

 

 

Here's my list. Obviously a lot of room for discussion (especially at QB).

 

 

OFFENSE

 

 

QB - Elijah Sindelar, Caldwell County (2014) / College: Purdue

 

RB - Damien Harris, Madison Southern (2014) / College: Alabama

 

TE - Michael Mayer, Covington Catholic (2019) / College: Notre Dame

 

WR - Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green (2013) / College: Western KY

 

WR - Jake Johnson, Pulaski County (2016) / College: Georgetown

 

WR - James Quick, Trinity (2012) / College: Lousiville

 

OL - Jedrick Willis, Lafayette (2016) / College: Kentucky

 

OL - Walker Parks, Fredrick Douglas (2019) / College: Clemson

 

OL - Hunter Bivin, Apollo (2012) / College: Notre Dame

 

OL - Landon Young, Lafayette (2016) / College: Kentucky

 

OL - Drake Jackson, Woodford County (2016) / College: Kentucky

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

LB - Kam Butler, Covington Catholic (2017) / College: Miami (OH)

 

LB - Kash Daniel, Paintsville (2015) / College: Kentucky

 

LB - Lamar Dawson, Boyle County (2010) / College: USC

 

DL - Jason Hatcher, Trinity (2012) / College: Kentucky

 

DL - Jacob Lacey, South Warren (2018) / College: Notre Dame

 

DL - JJ Weaver, Moore (2018) / College: Kentucky

 

DL - Matt Elam, John Hardin (2013) / College: Kentucky

 

DB - Jeremy Clark, Madisonville (2012) / College: Michigan

 

DB - Nate McCoy, Gallatin County (2013) / College: Union

 

DB - D'Mauriae VanCleave, Danville (2017) / College: Wofford

 

DB - Milton Wright, Louisville Christian (2018) / College: Purdue

 

 

OTHER

 

 

ATH - Kentavius Hopkins, Bourbon County (2012) / College: Eastern KY

 

ATH - Wandale Robinson, Western Hills (2018) / College: Nebraska

 

ATH - Jamale Carothers, Bowling Green (2016) / College: Navy

 

PK - Miles Butler, Paducah Tilghman (2013) / College: Kentucky

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To pick an all decade QB for this era is tough: Towles, Zeke Pike, Elijah Sindelar, Tanner Morgan (underrated), AJ Mayer, Nick Bohn, Beau Allen. This is a fun debate!

 

In looking through the Mr Kentucky list over the last 10 years, you don't see many lineman, but the list does set up other positions.

RB - Damien Harris, Casey McGinnis, Jake Chisolm, J Carothers

TE - Michael Mayer (if he is eligible, he has to be on as an LB as well)

WR - Impressive two at the top with Devante Parker and Rondale Moore. I'm sure a long list of potential for a 3rd spot. I like the suggestion of Dev Hendrix.

DB - Vito Tisdale, Van Cleave

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Seeing the kickers named so far, I will take a shot that my son Jared Dougherty would be in the discussion. Number 5 in state of Kentucky in made PAT’s and kicked less than three years. Talk about the local power 5 schools missing the boat. He just finished his four year college career at Lindsey Wilson as the programs all time leading scorer and his name littered all over the record books of the program.

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Seeing the kickers named so far, I will take a shot that my son Jared Dougherty would be in the discussion. Number 5 in state of Kentucky in made PAT’s and kicked less than three years. Talk about the local power 5 schools missing the boat. He just finished his four year college career at Lindsey Wilson as the programs all time leading scorer and his name littered all over the record books of the program.

 

If only to see him once again HAMMER someone on a kick-return, I'll co-sign this nomination.

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If only to see him once again HAMMER someone on a kick-return, I'll co-sign this nomination.

 

Well he actually did just that in the NAIA national semifinals against Marian. Kid thought he was going for a score and then all of a sudden you heard the crowd go Ooooooohhhhh!!!! and number 10 climbing from the pile on the sidelines.

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Wow!!! It must be coaching only at Highlands because it appears even Dale Mueller didn’t have talent when he dominated.

 

You all are proving my point with no selections from Highlands.

 

The excuses of why Highlands is losing has now been validated.This is too easy.

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