WKU Recruiting Notebook: August 26

WKU Recruiting Notebook: August 26

WKU commitment Nacarius Fant, target D'Andre Ferby dominated in their senior debuts. Is WKU still a leader for Ferby's recruitment?

Many WKU football commitments and targets kicked off their senior seasons over the Aug. 24 weekend.

But the strongest debuts came from Bowling Green receiver Nacarius Fant and Ensworth running back D'Andre Ferby.

Ferby leads Ensworth to 27-26 victory over Trinity.

After carrying his team with 194 rushing yards and three touchdowns against three-time defending Ky. state champion Louisville Trinity, Ferby still lists WKU as a leader in his recruitment, but expects more schools to be in-contact soon.

"I haven't talked to really anybody because they can't call right now, but I'm sure it will start to pick up once people (coaches) can start calling again," he said. "I'm sure I'll be in touch with Western a lot.

"They (WKU) are still my leader. I'm definitely gonna weigh my options, but I can't just throw a school off that's been there since the beginning. Them recruiting me early will be a factor. But in the end it's all gonna boil down to me, my family, my dad and our decision."

The 6-foot-1, 225 pound athlete impressed fans and television viewers with his tough, physical running style, shaking off multiple Trinity defenders for extra yardage after contact.

It was an even more impressive performance when considering Ferby was tasked with replacing former four-star running back Corn Elder in Ensworth's backfield.

"I just wanted to carry on the tradition from before, the great backs of Ensworth," the senior running back said. "That's my motto, I hate when one person tackles me, it throws me off.

"So I always try to go out and make sure it takes 3-4 guys to tackle me, just try to be a warrior out there. I got nicked up a little bit late in the game but I'm good now."

A school-estimated crowd of 9,000 people were in attendance for the Kentucky-Tennessee HS showdown, an atmosphere that didn't go unnoticed by the Nashville, Tenn. native.

"The environment there felt like a collegiate environment," Ferb said. "Probably the best I've ever seen for a HS game.

"The stadium was really nice too. Their student section was crazy, it was fun. We prepared hard, we felt like underdogs going in. We were ready to show them what we were about and we got the job done."

Fant, Bowling Green dominate Lexington Catholic

Playing in the stadium he plans to call home for his college career, Bowling Green senior Nacarius Fant caught four passes for 149 yards against Lexington Catholic on Saturday night.

All four catches went for touchdowns.

"I thought I played pretty good," Fant said. "After the first half, we came out kindof sluggish, which obviously that can happen in the first game.

"But we got together at halftime and talked about it, came out in the second half and did much better."

The four touchdown grabs were a school record for Fant, who attributed his big debut to a few different factors.

"I think it's a mixture of getting faster and running good routes," he said. "Knowing the right spots to be at, it all goes together."

After the huge start to his season, college coaches could show an increased interest in the three-star wide receiver soon.

But Fant doesn't plan on wavering from his commitment to WKU.

"I'm sure some coaches will call," he said. "But I'm solid to WKU."

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