Popeck makes it official

Popeck makes it official

Offensive lineman Connor Popeck is one of several junior college recruits to sign with Western Kentucky on Dec. 19.

He's been committed for a while, but it's finally official.

Itawamba Community College offensive lineman Connor Popeck submitted his official letter-of-intent to play at Western Kentucky on Dec. 19.

"Well, I woke up, talked to the coaches earlier in the morning," Popeck said. "Called Coach Petrino, told him I was sending my letter in.

"He was really excited. Told me to be ready to work, ready to get after it once I get there."

The offensive lineman is really close with his family, who he said was proud about the signing.

"I swear, I went the roughest route," said Popeck, who suffered from a season-ending knee injury in his stay at Itawamba C.C. "But it was all worth it."

Over the next few weeks, his plans include packing for the move and working out with a personal trainer.

"I want to be in as good of shape as possible when I get there," Popeck said. "I want to be able to contribute right away.

"That's especially important for us junior college guys, to show up in the spring and prove we're ready to go."

Popeck has played mostly at center, but said Petrino and staff plan to use him as a guard, with senior center Sean Williams returning and senior guard Adam Smith departing.

Stay tuned with WKUInsider.com for the latest WKU recruiting information during the junior college signing period.

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