Kyle’s Korner ….
Belfry junior lineman Cole Bentley has a big decision to make in the near future. He has received several Division One college offers this winter to play football.
The bulky Pirate (6-foot-4, 285 pounds), who has played both sides of the football in high school, is being looked at as an offensive lineman in college.
Marshall University recently made an offer to Bentley, who lives in Lenore (Mingo County), W.Va. So he has ties to the Mountain State.
Others who have made the big lineman a scholarship offer are Florida Atlantic, UNC Charlotte, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Army, the Air Force Academy, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech.
Bentley has visits scheduled for Navy this Friday and to the University of Tennessee on Saturday.
He has received interest from Louisivlle, WVU and Kentucky too. Bentley’s dad Fred said that the Mountaineer’s staff was more interested in his son as a defensive lineman.
Bentley visited Louisivlle last weekend. He expects an offer from the Cardinals this week. Many expect UK to also make an offer for the Belfry product.
Bentley has made the jaunt around to several important camps, which has helped his status. He plans to attend the Nike, Rivals and NUC camps that will be coming up during the next month or so. Rivals has him as the No. 25 best guard in the nation, while 24/7 sports has him as the No. 24 nationally and the top offensive guard in Kentucky.
… Another Belfry lineman, Rayquan Horton, a 6-foot-2, 290 pound defensive end/tackle, has also gotten some offers.
Horton has received offers from Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, N.C. Charlotte and Tennessee Tech. On Monday he received an offer from Florida Atlantic. He has also gotten interest from UK and Marshall.
Horton, of Red Jacket, W.Va., will likely wait to make his choice to see if other offers come in the future. Many expect Marshall to make an offer and possibly U.K. for the strong defensive lineman. Horton can also play tight end.
…Six former WVU players were invited to the NFL Scouting Combine this past weekend. They were RB Wendell Smallwood, safety Karl Joseph, safety KJ Dillon, punter Nick O’Toole, CB Daryl Worley and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. On Friday, Smallwood got his chance to shine, showing off his speed with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.48, ranking 5th among running backs. Wendell also showed off tremendous agility skills, having the top times in both the 3-cone drill and the 60-yard shuffle.
He led the Big 12 in rushing this past season. Look for several of these ex-Mountaineers to be drafted in the upcoming NFL draft.
… Jaysean Paige of West Virginia was named the Big 12 Player of the Week. The 6-2 guard helped the Mountaineers to a 2-0 week as West Virginia moved into sole possession of second place in the league standings. The senior averaged 25.5 points, including a career-best 34 points in 34 minutes in a win over Iowa State. It was a school record for most points by a WVU player coming off the bench.
He then added a game-high 17 points in a road victory at Oklahoma State. Paige shot 51.3 percent in the two outings and made all nine attempts from the free throw line. He has led the Mountaineers in scoring 10 times in conference play this season.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)