By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior offensive lineman Jager Burton of Frederick Douglas High School in Lexington says he’s had a terrific support system to help with his recruitment that now includes close to 20 scholarship offers from some of the nation’s best programs, including Kentucky.
He credits Frederick Douglas head coach Brian Landis, offensive line coach Nathan McPeek and his parents for helping him with his recruitment along with senior teammate Walker Parks, a Clemson verbal commit.
“I have a bit of a support system here,” Burton said.
McPeek also coached current UK starting offensive lineman Landon Young as well as Jedrick Wills, a starter at Alabama.
“He’s a great coach. All the college camps I go to, they teach us the same thing or pretty much the same things that he does,” Burton said. “It’s not like we have to learn different things when we go to camp because he’s such a great teacher on a daily basis for us.”
The entire Frederick Douglas staff apparently is teaching all the right things. Not only do Parks and Burton have high level scholarship offers, but junior receiver Dekel Crowdus has offers from Ohio State, Kentucky, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia and others. Incoming freshman T.J. Burton already has a UK offer. Sophomore receiver Dane Key has offers from Marshall and Western. Sophomore safety Ty Bryant likely will get numerous offers this summer.
Burton hopes the attention in-state players like Parks, Louisville Christian Academy lineman John Young, Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen, Bowling Green safety Vito Tisdale and others get will keep big-time college coaches coming to Kentucky to evaluate high school talent.
“Wherever I go I just want to make the people of Kentucky proud,” Burton said. “I hope we are changing the culture of people sleeping on Kentucky football.”
Burton’s plan now is to commit before his senior season so he can enjoy that last high school season with his teammates.
“I want to prioritize high school school over my future my last year,” Burton said. “Last year I didn’t really experience what it might be like to be targeted by teams because of my offers since my first offer didn’t come until after we lost in the playoffs. I want to see what it is like this year but also enjoy recruiting and eventually make the best decision I can that is right for me.”