Vaught's Views: Eastern offers Smith

July 06, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

People and things.

* Brandon Smith.

The Boyle County quarterback has the first of what of should be many scholarship offers.

Eastern Kentucky coach Danny Hope recently offered Smith, a senior who has already led the Rebels to two Class AAA state titles, a scholarship after he participated in the Colonels' summer camp.

It's a continuation of the promise Hope made to recruit central Kentucky players when he was named head coach two years ago. He signed three area players - Boyle defensive lineman Ian Young, Danville running back Charles Penix and Harrodsburg running back Mark Dunn - this year. He already had added Harrodsburg tight end Patrick Bugg.

"I like Danny Hope a lot," said Boyle coach Chuck Smith, who is also Brandon's father. "He's honest and up front."


Hope emphasized that recruiting a quarterback is different from other positions. Most years a school will add only one quarterback to its roster. For Eastern to offer Brandon Smith this early, it means Hope has him at the top of his wish list.

However, Hope can't assume the Boyle quarterback will pick Eastern. He has to keep recruiting other quarterbacks while Brandon Smith weighs his other options.

"He emphasized that it was important to keep the lines of communication open for both sides," the Boyle coach said. "He wants us to keep him informed of what we are doing, which is only fair."

Chuck Smith said he was "pretty tickled" that Eastern offered his son a scholarship, something no other school has done yet. However, don't look for the talented Boyle quarterback to make a decision soon.

He's been to several other camps and is hearing from numerous other schools. Plus, Chuck Smith is ready to go from being Brandon Smith's father to Brandon Smith's coach.

"He can make a decision down the road. We're not in any hurry," Chuck Smith said. "Now it is football season. I want him focused on the season. The coach takes over now because I've got 60 other players to worry about, too."

Still, this is a significant offer and one that could likely make Brandon Smith's stock rise with other college coaches.

* Boyle Youth Football Camp.

If you have a child in grades 3-8, don't forget that the annual Boyle camp is Friday and Saturday.

While the camp lets Chuck Smith and his staff work with future Rebels, the best thing about the camp is that it allows the young players to interact with former Boyle standouts. Among those scheduled to be at the camp will be college players Bobby and Travis Leffew of Louisville, Taylor Begley and Jacob Tamme of Kentucky, Casey McCoy and Justin Nichols of Morehead, and Matt Miller of Eastern.

"If you have not preregistered, you can still show up Friday and sign up," said Chuck Smith.

The camp runs from 5-8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cost is $45.

* Lincoln County Alumni Game.

If you played football at Lincoln County High School during your senior year, then you are eligible to participate in the alumni game Aug. 7.

"We haven't decided yet how we will split the teams up, but the main thing is to have fun and raise some money for the football team," said Lincoln booster Paula Carrier. "It's just going to be flag football because we don't want anyone getting hurt."

If you would like to play, call Carrier at 606-365-1842.

* Football officials.

Think you know football? If the answer is yes, then the Lake Cumberland Football Officials Association would be glad to have you officiate this season.

An organizational meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Somerset Independent Schools administration building.

"We will help you get licensed with the KHSAA (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) and provide training for you," Noel Hargis said.

For additional information, contact Hargis at 606-679-6417.

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