Titan tandem remains firm with ‘Toppers

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By Josh Cook

A pair of Collins senior football standouts are still firm in their commitments to Western Kentucky University.

Dre Farris and Masai Whyte remain pledged to play for the Hilltoppers beginning this fall despite the fact that they lost their head coach, Bobby Petrino, to the University of Louisville, on Thursday morning.

“For all those inquiring, I’m solid in my commitment to Western Kentucky University football!!! #GoTops,” Whyte, a star linebacker, tweeted Wednesday evening, more than 12 hours before Petrino was officially given a second go-round as the Cardinals’ coach.

Although Farris, an all-purpose player, couldn’t be reached for comment, Collins Coach Jerry Lucas said Thursday afternoon, that Farris was still committed to the Hilltoppers as well.

Those pledges were likely hardened by the news that Western Kentucky assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm appears to be taking over for Petrino in Bowling Green as the Hilltoppers’ next head coach (according to various media reports late Thursday afternoon). Brohm was instrumental in the recruiting of both players, especially Farris.

Farris and Whyte, cousins who both committed to WKU in late June, were key contributors in the Titans’ run to their first state championship last month.

The 5-foot-9, 174-pound Farris accounted for 1,733 yards of total offense and 31 touchdowns as a running back/wide receiver this past season. He rushed 98 times for 682 yards and 15 touchdowns, including two in Collins’ 37-34 victory over Fort Thomas Highlands in the Class AAAA state championship game Dec. 7 at WKU’s Houchens/L.T. Smith Stadium. Farris also finished the season with a team-high 67 receptions for 1,051 yards and 16 TDs.

Meanwhile the 6-2, 210-pound Whyte amassed 194 tackles for the Titans in 2013, including 16 in the state final. A running back in Collins' “heavy” package, Whyte ran 29 times for 145 yards and eight touchdowns on offense.

Thursday both Farris and Whyte were announced as members of Kentucky’s All-USA American Family Insurance football team, which honored the top 25 players in the state.