High School Sports

Cycs' McCaskill picks Kentucky

CHESTER -- Chester High School football coach Victor Floyd expects "a bunch'' of his players to sign college scholarships in January.

The first made a commitment Sunday and said he'll honor it no matter who comes calling. Wide receiver Gene McCaskill told Kentucky's coaches he's coming after they made an offer.

Quarterback/defensive back C.C. Whitlock is drawing national attention from most of the powerhouse schools. Running back Terrell Springs is getting looks from Division I schools at defensive back.

The Kentucky coaches were impressed with McCaskill's play in the 7-on-7 passing tournament that was held on their campus in Lexington, Ky.

"I feel good about it,'' said McCaskill, the brother of former USC center Chris White. "I liked the school, the campus and the coaching staff. Some schools were sleeping on me, wanted to wait and see how I did this season. I'm pretty much going to stick with Kentucky because they believe in me.''

McCaskill was one of 40 players Floyd took to Kentucky to compete in Saturday's passing tournament and lineman challenge. The Cyclones won their pool in the passing competition, but were eliminated when the four pool winners started the tournament finals, losing to a team from Louisville, Ky.

The linemen finished fifth out of 20 teams.

"Joker Phillips, a former USC assistant under Lou Holtz, is at Kentucky now and has been recruiting Gene for one than a year,'' Floyd said. "He first saw him last year when he came to see Marquis Coleman.

"He has watched Gene play football and practice basketball. He came and evaluated him at spring practice and told us if we came to the 7-on-7 camp, Kentucky's head coach, Rich Brooks, would probably offer him. We knew Gene could play and this is a big deal for him and our program.''

McCaskill (6-foot, 165 pounds) is Chester's backup quarterback and played there most of his sophomore year after starter Whitlock was injured and lost for the season in an early game. He's also played safety and returns kicks, but wide receiver is his natural position.

He caught 18 passes for 194 yards and two TDs last season on a team that had three receivers with more than 450 yards. He passed for 294 yards and a touchdown.

"It will be good going into my senior season concentrating on wide receiver,'' McCaskill said. "This offer shows a lot of people I can play there and I'm going to make the best of it.''