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’26 two-way player also a star on the diamond

Gaige Brasher is a kid of whom we expected quite a lot coming into the ’23 season. He didn’t play much, as a freshman; but, when he did play, he always seemed to do something great. Brasher was expected to slip into the role most “Brashers” naturally assume when playing football in Morton’s Gap; the role of being a leader and a star player. Brasher is already a star on the baseball diamond as he batted .324 with an on-base percentage of .439 last season, as a freshman. We anticipate and are excited to cover (very much) what he will continue to morph into, on the gridiron, as his career arcs toward its ultimate destination.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Coach Manning was interviewed, by us, prior to the ’23 season about Gaige Brasher. Manning told us, “We expect Gaige Brasher to compete for a starting job entering ’23. I have two coordinators either one of whom would love to have him. He’s slotted as a RB/LB and will play on both sides, more than likely, before his career is finished.”

That is quite a mouthful. While Gaige was limited this season to six (6) games, he still mightily contributed.

Gaige registered nine (9)-tackles as a sophomore. He also registered 1-TFL, 1-FF, and a FR he “Scooped and Scored,” registering points for his team in the “scoring” column though playing primarily on defense.

Now, while nine-tackles seems rather modest, getting the boat-load of specialty stats (TFLs, FFs, FRs, and “Scoop and Scores”) says something of his penchant for the dramatic and nose for the football. Sometimes, in evaluating statistics, one needs to know what he is actually seeing.

Gaige is a super young man who takes care of business exceedingly well on and off the field

Chris Manning, HFC, The Storm

We talked with an outgoing senior who preferred to remain anonymous. He specifically told us Gaige Brasher would man one of the defensive line slots in ’24 and that Brasher “[would] be great.”

When we pressed our anonymous source about where Brasher would play along the front in ’24, our source seemed to think Brasher would settle in at DE. That is a little different than his deployment, to date as a Storm defender, as Brasher has played MLB and DE thus far in his high school playing career.

Manning had some mighty effusive praise concerning his ’26 defender. Manning told us in an earlier piece, “Gaige is a super young man who takes care of business exceedingly well on and off the field.”

Brasher is a star on the baseball diamond. Football prospects being overall athletes and being able to contribute in a variety of sports, not just football, is a recruiting emphasis for many programs across the country.

We think, going forward, Brasher is “that guy.” We can’t wait to see what he does with a full season of play under his belt.

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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