Pleas signs with Lindsey Wilson
While he is usually soft spoken, Marshall County High School senior Kacy Pleas has a reason to brag some after signing a letter of intent to play football at Lindsey Wilson College on Wednesday morning at the MCHS auditorium.
A three-year starter for the Tigers at wide receiver, Pleas has been a steady and reliable player for Marshall County during his career and earned All-District honors twice.
After breaking into the starting lineup late in his sophomore year, Pleas posted solid numbers as a junior and finished with 17 receptions for 244 yards.
Pleas then thrived in the Tigers' wide open offensive attack this past season under new coach Thomas Osteen, as he hauled in 36 passes for 732 yards and eight touchdowns despite sharing touches with a pair of Class 4A All-State selections in running back Chris Walker and fellow wide out Jay Howard.
"In our system, it always helps to have more than one option. When a team focuses on one guy, that leaves someone else open," said Pleas.
Osteen echoed Pleas' sentiments about the Tigers' plethora of offensive weapons this past season, stating, "It was almost like pick your poison. We had a really talented group of skill position players and we had a lot of options to choose from."
Although he started at outside linebacker as well for Marshall County and recorded 19 tackles and a fumble recovery during the 2014 campaign, Pleas expects to exclusively play wide receiver for Lindsey Wilson and believes he has a chance to see the field early on in his career there.
"They want me to play wide receiver. They like the way I run with the ball and told me I was smooth in the open field," said Pleas. "They said I have a chance to play early and that they're not afraid to play freshmen."
With Pleas standing at 6'1" and weighing 195 pounds already, Osteen thinks the sturdily built wide out will be a productive receiver for the Blue Raiders.
"Kacy had a very solid high school career. He was a three-year starter and caught a lot of passes for us. He has a big body with soft hands," said Osteen. "He doesn't have blazing speed, but he runs good routes and is tough to bring down. I see him having a very good career there.
Having endured a couple of losing seasons during his sophomore and juniors years, Pleas took pride in the fact that his class helped get Marshall County's football program back on solid ground in Osteen's first season as head coach.
"It feels good knowing that when I come back to watch a game that our class was the one who started this," said Pleas. "We have some really good coaches right now and I think they're going to have a lot of success here."
Pleas has also been a key contributor on MCHS' basketball team and has started the last three years for the Tigers while helping to guide Marshall County to a couple of second place finishes in the District 12-AA standings behind private school powerhouse Christy Presbyterian Academy.
Coming off a strong senior campaign at MCHS, Pleas hopes to let his play do the talking on the gridiron in college.