Five local players part of KWC football’s record class

February 7, 2019 | 10:24 pm

Updated February 7, 2019 | 10:24 pm

Illustration by the Owensboro Times

In the first major benchmark for the 2019 season, new Kentucky Wesleyan College football head coach Craig Yeast produced a major statement on Wednesday. The Panthers welcomed the largest National Signing Day class on record by adding 29 players to the roster, including five from high schools in Daviess County.

Diamond Glover (Owensboro) and Quentin Miller (Apollo) joined three Daviess County players in Alex Nalley, Landon Newman and Jacob Shelton as local talent who will stay close to home.

The full 2019 class consists of 24 commitments from Kentucky, four from Indiana and one from Georgia. This is the first class to surpass 20 commitments since 2004 (24).

“First, I want to give credit to our coaching staff for the diligent work they have put in on short notice,” said Yeast. “They have identified the talented young men that we have brought into our program today.”

The Wesleyan coaching staff hit the defensive side of the ball the hardest with 17 additions, including eight to the defensive line. There are 12 commitments to the Panther offense, including five offensive linemen and two tight ends.

“We believe that we have identified not only high-level football players, but more importantly we’ve identified extremely gifted students that are hard working men that care about their academics,” Yeast said. “The value that they will bring to our football program will be very fruitful in our future. I expect this class of young men to lead us into the conversation of becoming conference champions.”

Emilio Arispe, LB
5’11”-210lbs/Madisonville, Ky./North Hopkins

Caden Brown, DL
5’11”-280lbs/Beaver Dam, Ky./Ohio County

Jakobe Buford, OL
6’7″-305lbs/Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark

Wiley Cain, QB
6’3″-210lbs/Eubank, Ky./Pulaski County

Christien Carter, DT
6’0″-300lbs/Georgetown, Ky./Scott County

Chase Conner, LB
6’4″-270lbs/Elizabethtown, Ky./Central Hardin

Kendrick Curry, CB
6’0″-175lbs/Lexington, Ky./Bryan Station

Trevor Dyer, LB
6’2″-220lbs/Harned, Ky./Breckinridge County

Tyler Edwards, LB
6’2″-220lbs/Jeffersonville, Ind./Floyd Central

Landon Fields, DT
6’3″-290lbs/Somerset, Ky./Somerset

Austin Fraiser, TE
6’1″-220lbs/Evansville, Ind./Central

Miles Frazier, CB
5’10”-165lbs/Jeffersonville, Ind./Floyd Central

Diamond Glover, DT
6’0″-275lbs/Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro

William Hardin III, OL
6’4″-330lbs/Louisville, Ky./Butler Traditional

Aaron Hatter, DE
6’4″-255lbs/Danville, Ky./Boyle County

Isaiah Hester, QB
6’2″-220lbs/Louisville, Ky./Fern Creek

Ethan Holt, OL
6’2″-270lbs/Somerset, Ky./Pulaski County

Quintin Hyde, SS
5’9″-180lbs/Lawrenceville, Ga./Mountain View

Bryson Johnson, WR
5’10”-175lbs/Corydon, Ky./Webster County

Zach Jones, DT
6’2″-280lbs/Elizabethtown, Ky./Central Hardin

Brennen McGuire, WR
5’11”-175lbs/Danville, Ky./Danville

Quentin Miller, DE
6’1″-240lbs/Owensboro, Ky./Apollo

Alex Nalley, WR
5’11”-210lbs/Owensboro, Ky./Daviess County

Landon Newman, RB
6’0″-190lbs/Whitesville, Ky./Daviess County

Jacob Shelton, DL
6’1″-240lbs/Owensboro, Ky./Daviess County

Chandler Silvey, TE
6’4″-220lbs/Olmstead, Ky./Logan County

Zach Thornton, FS
6’4″-200lbs/Danville, Ky./Danville

Keeshawn Westley, OL
6’4″-300lbs/Covington, Ky./Dixie Heights

Dylan Whitt, S
5’11”-180lbs/Sellersburg, Ind./Silver Creek

February 7, 2019 | 10:24 pm

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