Every year it seems like a recruit spurns a number of major scholarship offers to head to a smaller or under-the-radar program. With the class of 2013, that might be Fort Myers (Fla.) offensive guard Joe Fennell, who committed to Western Kentucky in the middle of August.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound standout held offers from schools such as Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Nebraska among others. A four-star, Fennell is one of the highest-ranked players to commit to the Hilltoppers and gives the program a big boost on the recruiting trail going forward.
"The coaching staff is great there," he said. "They've got a pretty good program, and a lot of people are there from my area."
Fennell is the 10th commitment in Western Kentucky's 2013 class. He is ranked by Maxpreps as the No. 2 offensive guard in the country and No. 71 overall in the class.