Wynford duo proves size isn’t everything; D-VI players headed to the SEC

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Wynford seniors Tyler Brause and Tevon Eatmon are headed to Kentucky.

It’s always a big jump from high school to college football, but the
leap teammates Tyler Brause and Tevon Eatmon will make after this – their senior year at Divison VI
Wynford High School – is huge. Both players will trade Royal blue for Kentucky blue after having verbally
committed this week to the University of Kentucky.


It’s always a big jump from high school to college football, but the
leap teammates Tyler Brause and Tevon Eatmon will make after this – their senior year at Divison VI
Wynford High School – is huge. But at least there will be a familiar face when each reports to camp next summer.

Brause, a quarterback, and Eatmon, a tight end, are both trading Royal blue for Kentucky blue after having verbally committed this week to the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky.

“They play in the SEC,” Eatmon said. “We’ve always tried to aim high and it was one of my biggest offers.

“It was great. All I could do was smile.”

Although both were heavily recruited at major Division I schools from coast to coast, Kentucky wasn’t prominently mentioned on either player’s list of potential schools. According to Wynford coach Travis Moyer Kentucky and head coach Rich Brooks really didn’t enter the picture until about three weeks ago.

“We talked about it (going to the same school) when we started getting offered by the same schools. But we knew it had to be right for both of us,” Brause said. “We went down for a visit and the facility was as nice as we’ve seen. The coaches, you could tell they care – especially Coach Brooks.”

The Wynford seniors are the latest additions to a recruiting class that includes defensive tackle Tim McAdoo, defensive end Justin Henderson, running back Raymond Sanders and kicker Joe Mansour.

Both players received offers from several MAC schools and Syracuse. Stanford and Maryland also offered Brause while Indiana, Lousiville and Iowa State extended offers to Eatmon.

“It’s been very humbling,” Moyer said of the recruiting process which began in earnest for Brause as early as last February. Interest in Eatmon, by contrast, really piqued this summer.

“I’m not going to lie,” Moyer said. “I got goose bumps last night when they told me they were going to Kentucky.”

Both players were starters as sophomores and juniors. They have helped the Royals to the playoffs and North Central Conference championships in 2007 and 2008. Wynford’s record the last two seasons is 21-2 with both losses coming in the postseason.

Brause is listed on scouting reports at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. As a junior the right-handed thrower completed 55-percent of his passes for 1,795 yards and 18 touchdowns against just six interceptions. In addition he ran for just shy of 700 yards and another 13 touchdowns.

In two years as a starter Brause has thrown for 3,428 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’s added another 919 yards on the ground and 14 rushing TDs. A true triple threat for the Royals, Brause has connected on 96 of 113 extra points as a placekicker and averaged more than 37 yards as the Wynford punter.

“I had it narrowed down to either Akron or Syracuse,” Brause said of the other schools highest on his list, noting many schools looked at him as an athlete with the ability to convert to outside linebacker or tight end. “But an opportunity to play quarterback in the SEC is a great opportunity. But I am open to a change of positions.”

Interest in Eatmon rose rapidly during the offseason until the mammoth tight end/defensive end was ranked as one of the hottest high school prospects in Ohio. Eatmon stands 6-foot-7 and tips the scales at 280 pounds. He was heavily recruited as both a tight end and an offensive tackle.

Eatmon too had whittled his suitors down to two schools until Kentucky turned his head.

“It would have been a catfight between Syracuse and Louisville,” Eatmon said.  “I would like to stay at tight end. But if it came to the point I would have to move to O-line or D-line, I would do that.”

Under Brooks the Wildcats have appeared in and won three consecutive bowl games – twice at the Music City Bowl and last season at the Liberty. The legendary Bear Bryant is the only other coach to take Kentucky to three straight bowl games and Brooks is the only Kentucky coach to win three in a row.

Kentucky’s support for the recruits in the classroom as well as the football field made an impression. Brause plans to major in either exercise science or business, Eatmon in sports management or education.

Family support meant a lot too for Brause and both players cited all the help they got from Moyer.

“It definitely had its ups and downs,” Brause said of the whole recruiting process. “It would get hectic. You just had to remind yourself it’s a great opportunity. I’m glad it’s over with and I can concentrate on our (Wynford’s) season.”

Players can’t sign the letter of intent until February.

The feat of landing not one, but two players from the D-VI Royals to scholarships in the SEC was not lost on Moyer.

“We said we not only wanted to be well-known in our area, but throughout the state,” Moyer said, recalling his goals when he took over the reins of the Royals 11 years ago. “Now it’s on a national level. We can sit here today and feel so blessed to have this opportunity.

“These two guys are going to get to play college football at the highest level and get a great education.”

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