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Branson, No. 91

’28 DL looking for immediate PT at Woodford County in ’24

Dylan Branson is a 6’2,” 215-pound prime timer who played along the D-line and the O-line for an eighth grade team coming off a KYMSFA state title. Branson was its defensive lineman of the year. Branson has played the full gamut of middle school, all-star football and will now move onto one of 5A’s deepest and most talented rosters.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Things are goin' great
And they're only gettin' better
I'm doin' all right
Gettin' good grades
The future's so bright
I gotta wear shades

Patrick Lee Macdonald

MS Highlights

I was on a radio show once in a town where I used to live. The host asked me how sure I was when projecting the future stardom of a middle school phenom on the high school level.

Dylan Branson

I am not sure he was ready for my answer. “Fairly close to 100%.”

This just blew his mind. However, if you have been following this site for years, like many of you have, you won’t find too many times in the past we have missed.

Just to give you some examples on middle school phenoms we have covered this year. Eli Thomas (RB), at Breathitt, will challenge for first-team reps in the Bobcat backfield as soon as the Bobcats open preseason camp; as will QB, Miles Holland.

Timmy Williams (Trigg County, QB) will be QB-1 this coming Fall, almost guaranteed. Should Williams not start at QB, he will certainly start somewhere.

[M]iddle school players…are putting in incredible amounts of developmental work which previously just never happened

Friday Night Fletch

The truth is middle school players, more and more these days, are putting in incredible amounts of developmental work which previously never happened at the middle school level. They lift. They attend camps/combines. They play all-star games.

By the time a Dylan Branson, a Timmy Williams, an Eli Thomas, or a Miles Holland reach a HS roster, they have played a tremendous amount of football and at levels approaching the play they will experience in HS. It is a lot more “hit,” than “hit or miss.”

We can’t forecast injury. We can’t foresee some middle school football player catching a big-time offer in baseball or basketball keeping them from playing football in HS. Barring that, we’re money on our prognostications regarding MS talent becoming HS stars and even college prospects.

Dylan Branson is headed for the Yellow Jacket play rotation and will likely start before the year expires. That is our prediction, you heard it here first.

Dylan Branson is headed for the Yellow Jacket play rotation and will likely start before the year expires

Friday Night Fletch

Branson is 6’2,” and slimly built at 215-pounds with a frame which could add 20-pounds of good weight before the Yellow Jackets open. Branson has excellent leg-kick and twitch and is able to get off the line of scrimmage quickly and much before most of his Kentucky-wide contemporaries.

Branson uses his long arms well on both sides and is agile and quick beyond his tender years. Branson has good length and quick feet and plays over his heels and doesn’t lunge into defenders getting himself exposed and exploited by opposing linemen.

Branson is a competitor who has faced plenty of all-star competition which will fairly and fully simulate the type of across the line competition he will see playing 5A football. Perhaps foremost, Branson will play for a head coach, in Dennis Johnson, who understands well how to play DE (where we see Branson settling ultimately) and is considered one of the best, if not THE BEST, DEs UK has ever deployed.

How confident are we this guy will play often and early and round into a star at the HS level and a potential college prospect? Well, we’ll put it this way…”I’m a peeping Tom techie/With x-ray eyes/Things are goin’ great/And they’re only gettin’ better…” Patrick Lee Macdonald.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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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

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