By HAL MORRIS
10:05 AM EST, February 5, 2013
Boyle County’s Lloyd Hall and Trey Yeager are staying close to home to play their college football.
The two Rebels seniors have committed to play football for Centre College next year, and they will have a ceremony to commemorate their commitment Wednesday.
Yeager shared The Advocate’s Area Lineman of the Year honors this year, and was All-Area on both sides of the ball. And while he was interested in going to Centre, it was more for the academics at first.
“I never really looked at it for football,”¿he said. “This summer I got a letter from (Centre) coach (Andy)¿Frye and they invited me to a recruiting day. I really liked it and it was just a nice campus, I could see myself going there.
“I went to a couple of their games and really loved the atmosphere. Everyone was hustling around and having a really good time.”
Yeager was recruited as a defensive end, where he had 63 tackles and a fumble recovery for Boyle, and was a three-year starter along the defensive line.
Boyle coach Larry French said Yeager could play either side of the ball in college.
“Naturally, he’s going to have to put on some weight and get stronger,”¿French said. “But he’s got real good work habits and good technique.”
Yeager, who said he may study pre-law or business, said he was also looking at going to Louisville and not playing football.
“I didn’t really know if I wanted to play (in college) or not, but I knew I’d miss it,”¿he said. “But I was OK if Centre didn’t work out being OK with saying I’m done now.”
Hall had a breakout season on offense for the Rebels, and he was recruited to Centre as a receiver.
He earned All-Area honors last year after catching 43 passes for 690 yards and five touchdowns, running for 505 yards and five more touchdowns and scoring 13 total touchdowns.
He said he liked that¿Centre was more than just about football, but still made it a focus as well.
“A lot of other schools that were talking to me just wanted me to play football, get my diploma and get out,”¿he said. “But the Centre coaches care. At Centre, it’s the whole experience. There are so many different opportunities I have going to Centre. And I really liked coach Frye.”
Centre was a destination school for Hall regardless of whether he played football, and he did look at some smaller schools in the state. He plans on studying history and possibly going to law school.
“I decided over the summer I wanted to play football and I looked at my options,” he said. “Once I had everything laid out, I knew what I wanted to do.”
French said Hall’s versatility will play off for the Colonels.
“He’s got good speed, he makes big plays,”¿French said. “He played wide receiver for us and was our leading receiver, he played running back for us. He’s pretty good. He’s got good speed, so he’ll do well there, too.”
Both said Centre being in their hometown was not a real factor in their decision.
“It’s its own little community,”¿Yeager said. “It’s close to home, but it feels like I’m not.”
Hall, whose sister Sarah played soccer at Centre, said he knew it would be like going away to college even if he’s from the area.
“I knew I didn’t want to go far, and when my sister went there, when she wanted to be home, she was,” he said. “And when she didn’t, she didn’t have to be.”
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