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Highlands High School in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
2011 Record: 15-0, Kentucky 4A State Champions
Senior Year Statistics
Passing: 181-279 (65%), 3,820 Yds, 42 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 100 Car/589 Yds (5.9 avg), 15 TD
ESPN.com Ranking: 4-star recruit
No. 31 Quarterback Prospect
No. 128 Southeast Region Prospect
No. 1 Prospect in the state of Kentucky
Other Schools Offering
Louisville, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Cincinnati
The crown jewel of Joker Phillips' second recruiting class is undoubtedly Patrick Towles. Towles led Highlands High School to three state championships. He also helped his team to break the Kentucky state record for points scored in a season.
He also has managed to maintain a 3.47 GPA and volunteers extensively at his school and his church. It's not much of a stretch to imagine that this kid may have been wrapped in an American flag after he was born.
According to Cincinnati Bengals receiver and current NFL TV analyst Cris Collinsworth, Towles is one of the best high school quarterback prospects he has ever seen. In an interview with Larry Vaught, he had this to say:
He can be anything, anywhere. He makes some throws in practice sometimes that I go, "Oh my gosh. There are NFL guys that can’t make that throw. [...] I personally think there are going to be a lot of universities that are just sick they did not get on Patrick Towles sooner and will be trying to by the end of this season.
As an added bonus, Towles isn't shy about the fact that he hates the Louisville Cardinals.
UK's offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Randy Sanders has shown great success developing young QBs like Andre Woodson and Mike Hartline into successful SEC players. Towles looks to have all the tools necessary to be one of the all-time great quarterbacks at Kentucky.
But make sure to temper your excitement until he actually begins practicing and playing. Don't forget that Morgan Newton had the same type of mind blowing potential when Kentucky signed him in 2009.