WKU makes WRs a recruiting priority

WKU makes WRs a recruiting priority

Jordan Wells

Wide receiver was a position of inconsistency for WKU in 2011.

Topper wideouts combined for just 54 catches as sophomore Willie McNeal and junior Marcus Vasquez both sustained season-ending knee injuries.

But WKU is looking to build depth at wide receiver thanks to some high-profile transfers and recruiting targets.

Already enrolled is Jerrell Moore, a Rivals.com three-star transfer from the University of Louisville, who said he thinks WKU is ready to “shock the world.”

Recruited as a running back out of Fern Creek High School (ESPN.com listed Moore as the No. 27-ranked running back in the country in the Class of 2011), he’ll make the transition to receiver for WKU.

“My strengths are my speed and being able to cut on a dime,” Moore said.

Moore is listed at 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, with a 4.4 second 40 yard time.

“I feel if I get in open spaces, I can do some real damage,” he said.

Moore, who also listed offers from Illinois, Kentucky, and others out of high school, is awaiting news from Louisville about his release to see if he will be eligible in the fall.

Also already on campus is 6-foot-5 wide receiver Michael Fluellen, who joins four-star quarterback DaMarcus Smith as new additions to WKU’s program from Seneca High School in Louisville.

“I’m really excited to suit up for WKU,” Fluellen said. “I can’t wait to come out of that tunnel in red and white.”

Fluellen thinks his height can bring a unique addition to the WKU roster.

“I’m a big, physical receiver that can go up and get the ball downfield,” he said. “Being a dangerous down field threat will help us stretch the field.”

WKU also hosted Class of 2012 receiving targets on-campus this weekend.

Stephon Brown, who has trimmed his list to Boise State, Central Florida, Middle Tennessee State and WKU, said his visit “went great.”

“It was a real college town, and I can tell they have a great fan base,” he said. “I liked the family atmosphere.  It was really a place I could see myself calling home.”

Brown plans to announce his decision Wednesday as a part of National Signing Day.

Rivals three-star WR Austin Aikens was also at WKU this weekend.

Aikens, whose offer list includes Vanderbilt, Boston College, Cincinnati and others, is listed at 6-feet, 180 pounds, with a 4.5 seconds 40-yard time.

WKU coaches will officially announce the recruiting class after recruits have sent their national letters of intent to the school on Wednesday.