Purple is the new red, for a bunch of former Red Devil football players. Three current Red Devil athletes have committed to play at the next level for local college team Kentucky Wesleyan College(KWC). Owensboro alumni, such as Tripp Grenier and Kishawn Walker are already on the Panther roster.
Seniors Monte Owsley, Tyren Hayden, and Jordan Sorrels have commited to KWC in the last few months. These three athletes have been huge contributors for the Devils for the past 3 to 4 years. KWC has been struggling for wins in recent seasons, and only won one game last year. However, with new coaching staff led by former University of Kentucky star, and NFL athlete Craig Yeast as well as a huge class of recruits including our three stars from Owensboro plan to change the culture for the Panthers starting in the fall.
Wide receiver Tyren Hayden says he looked up to former Owensboro receiver Kishawn Walker since he was a kid. Hayden says, “It’s a great feeling because it has always been a dream of mine to play at the next level and to play with somebody as good as Kishawn makes it that much better because know he will push me to become the best person/player I can be.”
Walker recently revealed how special it is for him getting to play with these three kids he watched grow up in the same community. He said , “It feels crazy because like you said I have seen them play since Pop Warner, now we can play together. I can help them with anything they need, on the field, and just in life.”
Owsley who has been a standout in both football and basketball, for the Devils, tore his ACL right before his senior season, which robbed him from some opportunities, recruiting-wise. Owsley says he “just feels blessed” KWC took a chance on him and is “ready to prove everybody wrong.”
Meanwhile, Sorrels- who played linebacker and snapper for the Devils- was in and out about playing at the next level but once KWC offered him a spot to play with his former teammates he knew he “could not pass up on this opportunity.”
Looks like Saturdays this fall could see a big increase of in-town fans at KWC.