Three Kentuckians named to the Blue-Grey High School All-American Game…

KPGFootball has confirmed with the Blue-Grey High School All-American game that, among the 90 players selected from across the nation, with some 6,750 players vying for the spots, that three of the participants, in 2018 game, will be from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In conjunction with the Blue-Grey High School All-American game, KPGFootball is pleased to congratulate the three selections who will play in the All-American game on Monday, December 17, 2018, beginning at 6:oo PM, Central Daylight Time. The game will be played in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Dallas,TX, which was the site of Super Bowl XLV. The game will be streamed nationally over the Impact Football Network as well as other national media outlets. The Blue-Grey game is coached by former NFL players and its participants, through the years, have received football scholarships to continue both their academic and athletic careers in 90% of instances. The following are the Kentuckians we will see in Dallas.

1. Ellis Dunn, WR/DB, 5-10 and 185 pounds, Hopkinsville High School;

Ellis Dunn is already holding an offer from Eastern Illinois University with many more about to jump on board for a guy who exploded this past summer on the combine circuit. Dunn attended the Tennessee Regional and put on quite a show in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Ellis is super explosive, lengthy, edge guy who, in spit of his thick frame, has been timed at 4.55 seconds in the 40 yard sprint. The difference between Ellis, and other receivers who can run a fast 40, is Ellis wears his pads well meaning he is as fast out of pads as in pads. Ellis has been timed in the 100 meter, in outdoor track, in 11.2 seconds, which is a fully automated time. In Hendersonville, Ellis was particularly impressive in the offense/defense one on ones working against the defensive backs. Like linemen, I don’t care what anyone says, that is the portion of any combine in evaluating either defensive backs or receivers where the evaluators base much of their decision as to whom is eventually selected. Ellis exhibited vertical explosion off the ground to catch the ball and the ability to both time his jump and high point the football by catching it in his hands away from his body. Ellis has broad jumped 9-4 or 103 inches and runs the pro-agility shuttle in the low 4.4’s. Ellis also repped out at 185 pounds, on the bench press, 13 times testing toward the top of his position group at the Tennessee Regional.

2. Landon Fields, OG/NG/DE, 6-3 and 285 pounds, Somerset High School;

Landon played exceptionally well at the nose guard deployment for Somerset in 2017 and still considers it his primary position, though, with his speed and quickness, he could easily play either offensive guard or even defensive end at the next level. In 2017, Landon logged 52 total tackles, 36 solos, with 16 assists in 12 games while drawing double and, often, triple teams. Landon was a staff nomination for the team, and his being nominated was owing to his performance at the KPGFootball, Mountain All-State Football combine from this past June at Pikeville High School in Pikeville, Kentucky. Fields’ athleticism and power numbers were on display in the cool mountain air at our event. At the All-State combine, Fields was timed as low as 4.9 in the 40 yard dash, at 6-3 and 285 pounds, while finishing the pro-agility shuttle (5-10-5) in a low of 4.5. Field’s clipped off the L Cone Drill in 7.2 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds19 repetitions. That is a one-rep, approximate, bench press of 357 pounds. Field’s back squats 550 pounds too, we just thought we would tell you. Landon has been getting slow walked by a lot of schools who are going to be sorry when he gets away from them and finds his way onto a bigger, brighter stage. Truth is, if Fields was playing high school football in an area more heavily recruited, he would be sporting numerous offers right now. Schools won’t sleep on him forever, particularly when he hits the Blue-Grey’s big stage and bright lights in Dallas, Texas. You will look back very favorably on this selection immediately after this year’s game. These selectors know a thing or two about a thing or two.

3. Caden McKinnis, DL/OL, 6-3 and 260 pounds, Logan County High School; 

Cade, as he is commonly called, is easily one of Kentucky’s finest defensive linemen with some of the most active and effective hands in the high school game. Cade, (No. 75, picture to the left of paragraph) tried out for the team at its Mid-West Regional Combine in Cincinnati, Ohio this past summer. At that tryout, Cade showed what was causing all the fuss by running a 5.29 second, 40 yard dash; shuttling in a blistering 4.53 seconds (quite quick for a defensive lineman), broad-jumping his 260 pounds 7-5 or 89 inches, and repping the high school rep weight on the bench press (185 pounds) 18 repetitions. McKinnis is someone who could bulk up and play inside in college or potentially play DE in an odd-front at the Division I level. McKinnis is also garnering looks as an offensive linemen by both FCS and FBS schools. McKinnis is holding numerous D-I offers, right now, from the likes of Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois. At EIU, McKinnis could potentially end up Dunn’s teammate, after the two of them play together for the East team in Dallas (with Landon Fields).

KPGFootball would like to congratulate these three fine football players and All-Americans for their being selected to this game. This is continued evidence of the ever-surging reputation Kentucky high school football, and its prospects, are enjoying nationally and a huge boost to our All-State Mountain Combine which just began this summer and has already drawn an All-American selection for one of our top, Class of 2019, performers. Well done gentlemen from your friends at Kentucky Prep Gridiron!

This is Fletcher Long 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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