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WKU Beefs Up 2018 Recruiting Class

The Tops added six commits in the last week of July.

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Back on June 30th, the Tops had the 7th ranked 2018 recruiting class in Conference USA per 247 Sports. Now, after adding eight more commits, including six in the last week, they have the 2nd ranked class in the league and sit at #78 in the nation.

The new commits come from some of Mike Sanford’s seemingly favorite places in Georgia and Florida, with one from South Carolina thrown in as well. Six out of the eight July commits also play on the defensive side of the ball, giving Clayton White plenty to work with for the future.

Bryand Rincher - 3-Star Corner

The 5’9”, 160 pound defensive back out of the Fort Lauderdale area is the #596 recruit in the nation. That makes him the highest ranked recruit in WKU’s 2018 class so far. He’s also the 53rd ranked corner nationally and the #94 recruit in the state of Florida. Rincher is the second corner committed to WKU for 2018 along with Jayden Patterson out of Georgia. While he’s just a bit undersized, Rincher makes up for it with some impressive speed (4.4 40 yd dash) and a physical coverage style, which comes in handy for him defending short routes and quick hits. He also had reported offers from Bowling Green, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Marshall, South Florida, Temple and Tulane.

Nazir Sy - 3-Star Defensive Tackle

At 6’2” and 326 pounds, Sy adds some size to an already deep position group for WKU. Sy actually weighs more than any other defensive lineman on the current roster and would be the second biggest player on the team this year. In his junior year at Norcross High School in Georgia, he racked up 50 tackles and eight sacks. With that combo of size and strength, he proves to be a great run stopper plugging up the middle. Sy also had offers from East Carolina, Georgia State, Memphis, Tulane, and Wisconsin.

Lichon Terrell - 3-Star Defensive End/Tackle

Terrell comes to Bowling Green from Callaway High School in Hogansville, Georgia. The athletic 6’2”, 260 pound defensive line hybrid was heavily sought after with 24 reported D1 offers. The #119 recruit in Georgia has great explosiveness and can shed most blocks fairly easily. He’s got all the physical tools to become something really impressive at the college level.

Arthur Brathwaite - 3-Star Safety

A Miami Central product, Brathwaite is the #97 safety in the class of 2018. He had 15 offers on the table and was near the top of WKU’s list of targets for quite a while. At six feet tall and 180 pounds, this kid is a play maker. Last year playing for Flanagan High School, Brathwaite played a lot of linebacker and opposing offenses had quite a bit of trouble keeping him out of the backfield on blitzes. His upcoming senior year will be his first full season listed as a safety, so how he makes the adjustment will certainly be interesting to watch.

Deporess Schletty - 3-Star Defensive Tackle

The 6’2” 275 pound tackle from Alpharetta, Georgia has great feet and he’s quick for his size, which makes him a problem as a pass rusher. Schletty chose WKU over 20 other offers and totaled 33 tackes (seven for a loss) and 2.5 sacks in 2016. That earned him a spot in last season’s Georgia Elite Classic.

Gunner Britton - 2-Star Offensive Tackle

Britton is the third offensive lineman committed to WKU for 2018. At 6’6” and 275 pounds, he’s certainly the right size for it. Britton will come from Conway, South Carolina as the #48 recruit in his home state and the #200 offensive tackle in the nation. His high school offense functioned similarly to what WKU currently runs, so he already has a lot of the habits in terms of pass blocking that will help him to succeed at the next level. Britton also had offers from from Appalachian State, Eastern Michigan, Gardner-Webb, Stetson and Western Carolina.