Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant has been adamant through the rumblings about Bobby Petrino’s departure that he would remain true to his Western Kentucky verbal commitment, whether Petrino stayed or left.
Now that Petrino leaving for Louisville seems like a certainty, Fant – the 2013 Kentucky Mr. Football – isn’t backing off his stance, and he’s also begun his campaign for current offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm as WKU’s next head coach.
“I plan on still attending WKU, whether coach Petrino is there or he leaves,” Fant told the Daily News on Wednesday. “I feel like if he leaves, there’s a good chance coach Brohm will be the head coach, and I have as much confidence in coach Brohm as I do in coach Petrino. It’s going to be the same offense. We’re going to bring in a good class. I’ve been talking to them, and most of them are going to stay. A big reason was Petrino, but in the back of my head, I knew coach Brohm would take over if he ever left.”
Fant verbally committed to WKU in June. His only other Division I offer was from Illinois, but even if Petrino and Louisville came calling, Fant said he’s staying a Hilltopper. The 5-foot-11-inch, 175-pound prospect said Wednesday afternoon he hadn’t been contacted by anyone from the WKU staff since the news broke.
Fant is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He’s the first Mr. Football winner to commit to WKU out of high school.
The Hilltoppers came into Wednesday with 29 incoming prospects, including verbal commits and signed junior-college transfers. Fant said he’s talked to most of the players in the recruiting class, and that many support Brohm as the next coach.
Brohm has been the main recruiter on many of the local recruits, including Fant and South Warren linebacker/running back Joel Iyiegbuniwe – another WKU verbal commit.
“He’s a guy that’s straight-forward with you,” Fant said of Brohm. “He’s going to tell you how it is. He’s honest about players. I have as much confidence in him as anybody. I still haven’t played for him, and I’m sure he’s going to get after you a little bit, but at the end of the day, he’s going to make you better.”