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Coach Nate Simmons, Centre College Football and Coach Chris Manning, Hopkins Central's HFC

Posey and Egbert rumored to catch Centre’s attention

The inordinate amount of college prospective talent on the Storm’s roster, entering the ’23 season, is the reason for so much optimism in Morton’s Gap. Sure, Rogers and McNary are getting tons of looks, but they aren’t alone. Posey, in particular, really helped his stock with his showing at the Western Kentucky combine in Paducah and Harlee Egbert was the ball-club’s leading tackler last year.

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Center College blew through Morton’s Gap a few weeks ago and stopped by to check in with Coach Chris Manning. Nate Simmons was the Centre representative and Coach Simmons is coaching defensive backs for the Colonels and is the football program’s recruiting coordinator.

We (of course) were immediately alerted to Coach Simmons’ presence on campus and immediately began canvassing our Hopkins county contacts to learn which members of the Storm’s roster had garnered the interest. We assumed he was in to see Rogers/McNary. We would have been wrong.

Posey’s stock on the rise

Not saying the Colonels don’t have interest in Logan Rogers or Calil McNary. We are sure they do. However, on the date Coach Simmons was pulling through, McNary was out of town and Rogers was at the regional track meet.

Those two stars, in absentia, didn’t prevent Simmons from getting out of his car and taking in the lay of the land. We hear he liked what he saw.

Now, Simmons was at the Western Kentucky combine in Paducah prior to this trip to Central. If you follow us on Twitter (@KPGFootball) you know James Posey was the talk of the combine among people looking to add DL quality to their college rosters. We retweeted some video of Posey’s performance and provide it now, via this link.

Posey wasn’t the only Central prospect in whom Simmons seemed curious. We are told, and believe this from a very credible source, Centre College was also interested in Harlee Egbert.

Hopkins County Central had a 1,245-yard rusher, gained over 2,000 rushing yards, 23-rushing TD’s while passing for 1,400 yards and 14-TD’s. 

KHSAA statistical website

Egbert was the ball club’s second leading rusher a year ago from his FB-slot, gaining close to 400 (358)-yards on the ground in only 60-carries. Egbert also caught 10-passes for 135-receiving yards and was the team’s fourth (4th) leading scorer for the Air Raid offense.

Of course those contributions paled in comparison to his defensive work. Egbert, from LB, was the team’s leading tackler (77-stops) and additionally contributed 4-TFL’s and 1.5-sacks.

Egbert also turning heads

James Posey has sort of set the western Kentucky world ablaze with his combine performance. it isn’t like he was a ’22 “no-show.”

Posey, playing down inside where the double teams are the rule and not the exception, still managed 39-tackles, .5-TFL’s, 1.5-QB sacks, and a FR. In addition, Posey was an integral part of an offensive line which paved the way for a 1,245-yard rusher with 15-rushing TD’s (McNary), over 2,000 rushing yards for the entire team, with 23-rushing TD’s.

This same line showed pass-set promise. Last year, the OL stood like a stonewall against a defensive upfield onslaught attempting, in vain, to prevent the ball club’s passing for 1,400 yards and 14-TD’s.

Like we said, everyone is aware of the prowess and abilities of Logan Rogers and Calil McNary. This article is just serving notice the talent and excitement doesn’t end with those two stars.

There are cast members, around Rogers/McNary, generating quite the buzz themselves. The tandem of Posey/Egbert being two fine examples of this.

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

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