Calling it busy does little to effectively describe it. Kentrell Brothers‘ last summer as a high school student has been anything but a vacation. Instead, the Guthrie, Okla., senior has spent his break from the classroom on the road, traveling from campus to campus and mulling a long list of scholarship offers.
Currently holding 11 scholarship offers (Ohio offered on Monday), Brothers has no shortage of options, and inspecting each of them up close has become a full-time job.
In the past three weeks, the outside linebacker has found himself on visits to Baylor, Texas A&M, Tulsa, TCU and Kansas State, not to mention the fact that he’s currently watching his calendar fill up once again. The not-so-distant future will see Brothers touch down in Tennessee for a look at Vanderbilt University, from which he received his most offer, and while he admittedly knows little about the program or campus life, he points out the fact that there’s only one way to find out more.
“(Vanderbilt) offered me about a week ago,” Brothers said. “I’m already planning on going out there to see what they have going on. I’m going to get out there sometime this month. I’ve got a few more visits than that, though. I know I’m going to Arizona and Washington pretty soon, too.”
His recruitment is not without its constants, however. Brothers has had K-State offer in hand for months, but made it to Manhattan for the first time just two weeks ago, receiving a tour of the school’s facilities and an overview of the Wildcats’ program from assistant coach Joe Bob Clements.
So what stood out about the day he spent in the Little Apple?
“I liked Kansas State,” Brothers said. “They have a really good stadium and a real good history at Kansas State. That’s a good plus, because anybody would want to be a part of that. Coach Clements showed me around while I was in Kansas for a football camp.”
As far as favorites go, however, there are none. The Oklahoma product says he doesn’t expect to name any frontrunners until mid-July, when he says he plans to trim his list of potential suitors to a more manageable number. So while the exact date for cut is still fuzzy, that makes it no less eminent.
After choosing a handful of top schools, Brothers will begin making plans for official visits. “I should have it narrowed down sometime in July,” he said. “I want to pick school before the (football) season. I want to, but if I can’t before, I’ll just wait until after.”
Playing both sides of the ball, Brothers recorded 95 tackles, 17 sacks, four interceptions and a pair of fumble recoveries as a junior at Guthrie in 2009. His stellar defensive numbers served as a compliment to the 64 catches for 1,122 yards and 12 touchdowns he racked up as a wide receiver.
The 6-foot, 207-pound linebacker lists offers from Arizona, Baylor, Connecticut, Duke, Iowa State, K-State, Missouri, Syracuse, Tulsa Vanderbilt and Washington.
GoPowercat.com Staff Writer
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