Franklin County football coach Chris Tracy says it’s so far, so good on the hype-fest surrounding standout wide receiver/running back/defensive back/kick returner Ryan Timmons.
“He does well,” Tracy said last week about attention Timmons is getting from college football coaches from the likes of Kentucky, Arkansas, Purdue, Illinois and others. “He’s a humble kid.”
But, Tracy knows that it could get hectic real quick. Timmons has offers from nine schools, and that list figures to grow.
Timmons told sports writer Emily Patton recently that he hopes to narrow the list to six quickly, and make a decision by mid-season.
All of these schools are attracted by Timmons’ blazing speed and quickness. Timmons rushed 62 times for 1,382 yards for the Flyers last season, while catching 38 passes for another 1,100 yards. He scored 38 touchdowns for an 11-1 Franklin County team that could be even better this time around.
In addition, Timmons is, by all accounts, a high character young man.
Tracy, for one, does not envy Timmons’ decision.
“I think it’s tough because he’s not ready to make a decision,” Tracy said. “I don’t think he’s seen everything he wants to see. He wants his mom to see these places as well.”
Tracy said he took Timmons to “some places” this summer, including Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois and Arkansas.
“Obviously he’s been to UK several times,” Tracy said. “He and his mom were just over at UK last Saturday at Fan Day.”
It’s a process, Tracy notes.
“I wouldn’t want to be a kid his age,” Tracy said. “You’re making a life-long decision that’s probably worth $250,000, when you look at it.
“That’s what they’ve estimated the cost of a Division I scholarship to be when you look at the education, all the free stuff you get, with all the training and food. So he’s making a decision that is, A. life long, and B. expensive. And he wants to do it right.”
Asked if it’s a distraction for an explosive Franklin County team eyeing a long playoff run, Tracy replied: “Not yet. I mean, it hasn’t been. I may change my mind halfway through the season if he hasn’t made up his mind.
“My concern is it’s going to get crazy, that there may be a ton of coaches coming in and out of school – that kind of thing – since he hasn’t decided yet. I’m thinking maybe even of coaches who haven’t been in the picture yet. I don’t know. I know that’s not what Ryan’s waiting around for. I think he’s trying to weigh his options and get his mom to see everywhere he’s interested in.
“So, we’ll see.”
The Flyers open the season Friday at Nelson County.