Layne Alford, and his Franklin-Simpson Wildcats, are ready to get things back to normal. @LayneAlford33 @FSFootball @FSHSathletics @Traviss7979 @ScottC_Scout @FSHSmedicine @HopkinsCentral @_CoachManning @evans02_mike @kyhighs @HLpreps @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

The Wildcats from Franklin-Simpson are used to doing a ton of "winning."

Slightly undersized (for now) LB/FB performing at high level

Layne Alford is in a group of very fine LBers from around Kentucky in the ’25 graduating class. He had a terrific year for one of the better programs around Kentucky contributing on offense, defense, and special teams. At 5’11,” 193-pounds, we would like him better at 6’2,” 215. That aside, Alford still has plenty of time to develop. For right now, Alford is still a huge get for one of Kentucky’s prestigious, small-college programs.

HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball

Who here remembers when Franklin-Simpson seemed unbeatable. When we were first coming online, March of 2017, Franklin-Simpson had just won the 4A title in ’16 and were busy preparing to successfully defend, which (of course) they did.

Matter of fact, the Wildcats from Franklin-Simpson High, won state 4A football titles in ’16, ’17, & ’18. The pickings have been a bit slimmer since.

In the three title years above mentioned, the Wildcats won 40 of its 45-games. Since (’19-’22), the Wildcats are 22-22.

Clearly the way back relies on talent. Layne Alford is certainly fine talent at LB, or anywhere else he may be aligned.

Alford is a ’25 prospect. Alford measures 5’11,” and weighs around 200-pounds. Truthfully, at the LB slot he is a few inches short of where colleges will want him and 15-20-pound light. That is of little concern right now; however, as he is just a sophomore in high school.

Last year for the Wildcats, Alford carried the football 57-times for 336-yards with eight (8) rushing TD’s. Alford only caught two passes but one-half of those receptions reached pay-dirt.

Alford was the ball club’s leading offensive scorer, scoring by land, air, and on the PAT unit

KHSAA statistical website

Alford was the ball club’s leading offensive scorer. He scored running, receiving, and housed a pair of two-pointers on the PAT unit.

Alford was productive defensively. Alford registered 38-tackles, 1-TFL, and two (2) QB-sacks. Alford led the ball club in FF’s (1) and FR’s (3).

Alford through the line!

Prep Red Zone has identified Alford as a LB to “watch” in the ’25 graduating class and we would have to agree. We can’t speak for those guys, but we can assure you we intend to watch him.

We believe we will be watching him launch like a rocket ship into the rarified air of one of Kentucky’s more recruited players. That’s a hill on which we are willing to die.

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

If you enjoyed this article and wish to gain full-access to the site, then subscribe monthly to Kentucky Prep Gridiron by following the prompts!

© The information contained on this site is the copyrighted intellectual property of KPGFootball. Any unauthorized dissemination of this material without the author’s express written consent is strictly prohibited!

About Fletcher Long 1497 Articles
Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply