I caught up today with Bowling Green junior receiver Nacarius Fant about his recruitment, which has included some increased interest from Western Kentucky and new coach Bobby Petrino.
Fant, who caught 67 passes for 1,250 yards and 18 touchdowns during BG’s 2012 state championship season, has scholarship offers from Illinois and WKU. He made trips during his junior season to Illinois, Vanderbilt, Louisville, WKU, Kentucky, and Ohio State.
Fant will make an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Feb. 9 for the basketball program’s game against Auburn, and what he said will also be the football team’s junior day.
New UK offensive coordinator Neal Brown visited Bowling Green High School last week.
Fant has had the most interest at this point from Illinois and WKU, he said, and his only contact recently with the University of Louisville has been mail.
If Fant makes next year’s Under Armour senior game, he said he’s likely to announce his college decision there. He competed earlier this month at the Under Armour junior combine in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Here are a few of Fant’s comments regarding WKU and Kentucky:
NACARIUS FANT, Bowling Green junior receiver
What do you think about WKU and the new staff? “Coach Petrino seems like a great person. He’s a good person to talk to. I talked to him at a Western basketball game last week. We met up, and he introduced me to the coaching staff. I met the receivers coach (Lamar Thomas), and all of those guys seemed like great guys. I met the offensive coordinator, coach (Jeff) Brohm, and he was great. Now, I’m just looking forward to seeing how the offense is next year and going to most of the home games up there.”
What are you expecting WKU to do offensively? “(Thomas) said a guy like me is perfect for the offense they run because they like to throw it around. Basically, they’re changing it to a passing-style offense, and he said it’s the kind of offense I need to be in and they could find different ways to get me the ball.”
Does that intrigue you? “It’s definitely interesting, for him to say that. Knowing the offense he’ll bring in, I’m looking forward to actually seeing them play. Hopefully I get up there for a couple practices and get to check it out and see how it goes.”
Impressions of UK’s new staff? “I think with them getting Neal Brown as offensive coordinator, they’ll definitely pass the ball around, just like Western. Kentucky and Western getting new coaches and planning to air it out makes me excited to see them some more.”