The Wildcat football coach has been busy answering requests from colleges seeking game video on Wildcat Jeffery Adams.
The 6-foot-8 junior lineman has been fielding offers from football programs across the nation as he prepares for his senior season this fall.
Adams will enter the season as the most sought after TCHS football player since Al Baker.
Baker, the record-setting running back for TCHS from 1982-86, had colleges across the nation trying to find Cadiz and Trigg County on their recruiting map.
Ohio State tried a last ditch effort to land Baker, with former Buckeye Archie Griffin speaking at the Wildcat football banquet where Baker took home several awards.
Baker chose Kentucky over Ohio State and Tennessee and was later drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the NFL Draft.
Higgins said the list of schools that have contacted him requesting game film on Adams reads like a Who’s Who in the Top 25.
Requests for film on Adams has come from Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Florida State, Clemson, Maryland, Louisville, UCLA, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan State, and Ohio State among others.
Nebraska has also offered Adams a full scholarship, the first Division I school to do so, Higgins said.
Adams has visited some colleges already, and Higgins said college coaches have returned suit with visits to TCHS in recent weeks to meet with Adams.
“Tennessee, Clemson, and Wake Forest were here last week, and Louisville was here this week,” Higgins said.
According to Adams’ guardian Michelle Futrell, early favorites include Auburn, Nebraska, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Florida State, and Alabama.
Another TCHS athlete is gaining national attention, this time from one of the top basketball recruiting services in the nation.
Rick Bolus’ High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service lists Wildcat sophomore Russell Mackins as the state’s top rising prospects for next year.
Joining Mackins on the list were 2. Aaron Dunaway of Henry Clay; 3. Joshua Mack of University Heights; 4. A.J. Slaughter of Shelby County; 5. Albert Jackson of Hopkins Central/Oak Hill Academy; 6. Eugene Wade of Carroll County; 7. Steffphon Pettigrew of Elizabethtown; 8. William Bradley of Caverna; 9. Matt Walls of Scott County; 10. Ty Proffitt of South Laurel; 11. Rondale McMillian of Bowling Green, and 12. Matt Thomas of Ashland.
Included in the second 12 players were Matt Fraliex of Caldwell County, Sweet 16 MVP Walt Allen of South Laurel, Jeremy Anderson of Warren Central, Daniel Ard of Marshall County, and Jay Ivey of Owensboro Catholic.
Among the players Bolus had listed as the next 25 best players were Trigg County junior guard Jeremy Jones, Nick Britt of Warren Central, Chase Denson of Lone Oak, and Zack Sims of Graves County.
Scott Brown is the sports editor for the Cadiz Record. He can be reached at email@example.com.