To illustrate Lamarius Kinslow’s progress, Fern Creek football coach Josh Abell often tells a story from his star player’s freshman year.
“He was frustrated,” Abell said. “His teammate had said something to him, so he took his helmet and launched it 40 feet in the air – in the middle of a football game – and it came down and shattered the helmet.
“It was crazy and embarrassing at the time, but that’s definitely not the same Lamarius Kinslow you see today.”
Abell said Kinslow, a Courier-Journal All-State selection and Mr. Football finalist, matured into a coachable two-way star at Fern Creek. Should the Western Kentucky commitment qualify, he projects as a linebacker at the next level.
Kinslow is working on his ACT score and wasn’t announced Wednesday as part of the Hilltoppers’ 2016 recruiting class, though he’s a player Abell said the school has guaranteed a scholarship should he meet the academic requirements.