Kyle’s Korner …
Beflry’s Cole Bentley, a highly rated lineman, continues to get offers from Division One colleges.
Bentley holds offers from UNC Charlotte, Marshall, Toledo, Miami of Ohio, Air Force, Tennessee Tech, Florida Atlantic, Army, EKU, Yale and Ball State.
The 6-foot-4, 290- pound junior is expecting several more offers.
His teammate Rayquan Horton, a 6-foot-2, 285 pound lineman, also has several offers including Marshall. Horton said he would be visiting Florida and hopes to get an offer from them. He is also on Kentucky’s radar.
Belfry running back Andrew Fletcher and quarterback Noah Corbett both got offers from Kentucky Christian. That’s five Belfry kids with offers so far.
Austin Woolum, Jordan Scott, Cameron Catron and Austin Hall are also expecting offers within the next couple of weeks. Many of Kentucky’s smaller schools will find a road map to Pond Creek to recruit players from this successful program.
… Mingo Central lineman Daniel Buchanan visited Tennessee recently. He is a 6-foot-6, 255 pound tight end and defensive end. The Miner said he prefers to play on the offensive side of the football, but likes to play defense too.
He recently visited Tennessee and said “it was wonderful. I talked to coach (Butch) Jones a lot and the whole staff .”
Buchanan plans to go back this weekend for their spring game.
He still has to take his ACT test and get that score. Although he doesn’t have any official offers yet, several schools have shown interest and he has received letters from LSU, Tennessee, Ohio University, WVU, Pitt, Toledo, Temple, Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Central Florida, Villanova, UNC Charlotte, Appalachian State and Arizona State. Several smaller schools are after him as well. Buchanan also visited Ohio University in Athens a few weeks back and they are very interested in offering him a scholarship.
… West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced that quarterback Will Grier has transferred from Florida, signed a grant-in-aid and will enroll at WVU in May 2016. He will sit out the 2016 season to complete NCAA transfer eligibility requirements and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Grier will sit work with the Mountaineers’ scout team this year. But there’s also the matter that in October, the NCAA suspended Grier for one calendar year following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. At the time, Grier said publicly that the positive test was related to an over-the-counter supplement. Sources told ESPN that WVU officials were satisfied with Grier’s explanation.
… Collegefootballtalk.com is reporting former Michigan cornerback Terry Richardson is transferring to Marshall. Richardson would be a graduate-transfer, therefore eligible for the 2016 season.
Richardson was a four-star recruit in Michigan’s 2012 signing class. He was rated as the No. 18 cornerback in the country coming out of high school. However, Richardson played in just six games as a true freshman and saw his playing time gradually diminish and saw action in just a single game last year, according to MetroNews Sports.
… For WVU basketball commit and Huntinton Prep standout Levi Cook has reportedly decided to play at Depaul. The 6-foot-11 center from the Beckley area suffered a severe knee injury last year. He had surgery and has been rehabbing the knee. Some thought he still might end up in Morgantown, or even stay in Huntington to play for Marshall.
… West Virginia University freshman Ginny Thrasher is on her way to the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Thrasher, the reigning NCAA champion in both smallbore and air rifle, won the women’s 50-meter three-position competition at the recent U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore in Fort Benning, Ga.
(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)