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By LARRY VAUGHT
The more scholarship offers he receives, the more surprised South Warren defensive tackle Adrian Middleton.
“It has all really surprised me. I was not really expecting any of this,” said the 6-4, 275-pound Middleton.
He now has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Austin Peay and Indiana State. Even Florida has visited the Bowling Green school and shown interest in Middleton.
“The coaches seem to like that I am good using my hands and stuff like that,” Middleton said. “I grew up playing football. South Warren is a relatively new school, but I have played here since my freshman year and I’ve always loved football.
“All the attention and offers have been flattering, but I try not to pay too much attention because I want to focus on my senior year and be ready for it.”
Middleton, who plans to attend camp at UK next week, has not finalized his summer plans and really is not sure when he might make a college choice.
“I may commit before our season starts or I may just wait until after the season. I just don’t know yet,” he said. “I keep up with other recruits and where they are committing on Twitter. I have a lot of newspaper and media people that follow me on Twitter to keep up with me. But I kind of enjoy seeing where other people are going.”
Kentucky assistant coaches Neal Brown, Jimmy Brumbaugh and D.J. Eliot all came to Bowling Green to watch him at spring practice.
“That kind of surprised me when they all came,” Middleton said. “They told me how I can help UK and how coach (Mark) Stoops had coached first-round draft picks in this year’s draft. That was definitely appealing to me.”
What about Louisville’s sales pitch?
“All the schools tell you good stuff like that and about first-round draft picks and things,” Middleton, who said he did not grow up a fan of any specific team, said.
South Warren defensive coordinator Brandon Smith is the son of former Boyle County coach and UK assistant Chuck Smith, who coached Brown at Boyle County.
“Coach Brown did tell me he knew coach Smith’s dad and I knew they were from the same high school,” Middleton said. “I talk to coach Brown. He’s my main recruiter. I can always call and talk to him.”
He says Brandon Smith is “pretty cool and makes me laugh” on and off the field.
“I know that he won state championships in high school, but he never talks about his career a lot,” Middleton said. “He never mentions his numbers, but I know he was a good quarterback. When we do 7-on-7 stuff, he can still throw the ball around pretty good. He’s still got it.”