Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

July 6, 2013

AARON SNYDER: ‘Matter of time’ for T/G McPeek

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

ASHLAND — With the first official day of summer practice (July 15) approaching, it’s time to start thinking football.

Cody McPeek thinks football year-round.

The Fairview junior to-be is making some serious noise in the recruiting world, and college offers will be filtering in soon.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 325 pounds, the left tackle/guard created a buzz in April at The Rivals Camp Series at Lakota West High School in Cincinnati.

On Sunday, McPeek will take part in the Rivals 250 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour at DeSoto High School in Dallas, Texas. He’s the only Kentuckian to receive an invite.

According to a rivals.com article, McPeek is one of the top 10 currently unoffered players to watch this weekend.

A portion of that story:

He’s listed at tackle but his future is probably at guard. If he can have another excellent showing like the one he had in April, it should only be a matter of time before teams pull the trigger on offers.

McPeek’s size and strength have jumped out to spectators.

McPeek is compiling a growing list of colleges that he’s interested in (and most are reciprocating that interest).

Among those: Kentucky, Purdue, Duke, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and UNC-Charlotte.

McPeek has attended camps at Duke, NC State, Kentucky, Purdue and Charlotte this summer.

He visited UK during the spring and Wildcats offensive coordinator Neal Brown paid McPeek a visit.

As one of eight returning starters for Fairview, McPeek’s focus will return to the Eagles shortly. He will be a huge factor if Fairview is to repeat a run similar to last season’s, one that saw the Eagles reach the Class A state title game.

Baker Buzz

Ashland sophomore running back Quinton Baker has also performed well at events outside of the state.

Baker joined McPeek in participating in The Rivals Camp Series in Cincinnati.

He also turned some heads at a Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus in June.

Scout.com’s Allen Trieu wrote the following about Baker:

Ashland (Ky.) Blazer freshman running back Quinton Baker had a good day catching the ball. A compact kid, he was a good route runner who showed good feet and he caught everything that was thrown at him. He is definitely one to keep an eye on for future years.

Big-time Barnwell

Boyd County catcher/pitcher Jacob Barnwell is spending his summer playing baseball for an elite group of talent.

Barnwell, who will be a junior, is part of the East Coast Pro Midwest roster. The team features 25 players from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee and Canada.

Barnwell and Boyle County 6-7 senior right-hander Micah Miniard are the only two Kentuckians.

The 2013 East Coast Pro Showcase is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 3 in Syracuse, N.Y. The event is run by MLB scouts.

That alone gives you an idea of where Barnwell’s career may be headed in a couple years.

Raider Roundball

The East Carter Lady Raiders turned in one of the most impressive summers of any area basketball team.

Led by point guard Kristen Mayo, a freshman who received an offer from Morehead State this summer, East Carter went 29-3.

Two of those losses came against Elizabethtown, which is expected to be one of the most talented in the Bluegrass.

The Lady Raiders handed Ashland, the two-time defending 16th Region champion, its only loss of the summer. The Kittens went 19-1.


Steps Up

Former Morehead State basketball standout Maze Stallworth has accepted the boys’ head coaching position at Casey County High School.

Stallworth, who spent last season as an assistant coach at St. Catharine College, replaces Darry Burkett. Burkett was fired after two seasons with Casey County.

Stallworth played at Morehead State from 2006-10 and experienced a brief stint in the NBA Developmental League. He scored 1,404 points and hit a school-record 283 3-pointers as an Eagle.

HR Derby Thoughts

Like in the NBA’s dunk contest, Major League Baseball doesn’t require a player to be an All-Star to be a Home Run Derby participant.

That means even Adam Dunn, despite otherwise ugly numbers, can take part in the show.

And I, for one, hope he does. Dunn launches the most majestic bombs in ballparks across the country.

Did you know he’s never been in the Home Run Derby? Dunn has 23 jacks this year, and 429 in his career.

Hopefully American League captain Robinson Cano picks Dunn.

The problem is that most players don’t want to make the trip if they’re not also on the All-Star team, or they feel weird about it, as the Angels’ Mark Trumbo recently said.

The Mets’ David Wright is the National League captain.

In addition to the captains, there will be three hitters for each league.

Who I’d like to see: AL — Dunn, Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera; NL — Carlos Gonzalez, Pedro Alvarez, Jay Bruce.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.