By BRUCE W. SINGLETON, CJ Correspondent
Somerset High School football standout Tevin Slaughter announced Wednesday that he will attend Eastern Kentucky University.
Slaughter made the announcement on National Signing day at the library of Somerset High School. Surrounded by friends, family, and the entire Briar Jumper football team, Slaughter was characteristically humble and silent.
“I am happy that I get the chance to go to college and play football,” he said. “And I hope I can make you guys proud of me.”
If his college career matches up even partially with his high school career, the Somerset faithful will be more than proud as Slaughter reaches the next level.
In the 14 games he played for SHS his senior year, he shattered previous team records with 114 solo tackles. Combined with his assists, he had a total of 150 tackles on the seasons. In addition, he recovered 2 fumbles, caught 2 passes, and even scored a touchdown, netting 261 yards on 38 attempts.
Slaughter was the 2012 Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel Defensive Player of the Year.
He also went on to play as a member of the Best of The Bluegrass squad, then helped the Kentucky team to beat Tennessee for only the second time in history in the Border Bowl Classic last month.
Slaughter was Border Bowl Defensive MVP as he led the Kentucky team with 10 tackles and 2 sacks in the 29-27 win.
Long time youth football coach Joe Ford—himself a product of the Somerset High School Football program---was Slaughter’s first coach. Joe literally picked the boy and his brother Trey up off the street one day about ten years ago and took them to play for the Somersport Jets. The rest is a great example of the strength and long term effects of the Somerset youth football feeder program.
Ford sat with Slaughter as he signed his Letter of Intent.
“Next year, there will be a lot more Colonels fans around Somerset,” Ford said. “I know I will be.”