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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers received a couple of commitments from the land of Saban on Wednesday in St. Paul's Episcopal (Mobile, AL) speedster Kylen Towner and Bob Jones High School (Madison, AL) offensive lineman Brandon Ray.
The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Towner played wide receiver, cornerback, and was a force in the special teams return game for the Saints. He will provide the Hilltoppers with plenty of speed, with an open-field burst reminiscent of the legendary Looney Tunes Pro-Bowler Speedy Gonzales.
Towner held offers Northern Illinois, UAB, and Samford. He was also drawing interest from Duke.
Offensive lineman Brandon Ray was named Class 6A all-state honorable mention in Alabama during his senior season at Bob Jones High School. Ray described how his commitment to Western Kentucky came about, "I committed when coach Petrino and the defensive coordinator (Nick Holt) came down last Sunday, we talked for a while and I ended up committing."
The Hilltoppers are recruiting Ray to play center. I asked for his thoughts on becoming a part of the vaunted Petrino-style offense, "I was pretty excited, my whole family wanted me to go there and when they (WKU) offered me, I took it quick."
Ray will make his official visit to Western Kentucky this weekend. He held offers from Murray State, McNeese State, Alabama A&M, and Temple.
Watch Towner blaze a trail through opposing defenses and Ray brickwall defenders in the highlights above.