Brookstone’s Wes Pahl Commits to Western Kentucky
WES PAHL WILL BE A PREFERRED WALK ON FOR THE HILLTOPPERS
Knocking footballs through the uprights is a common experience for Brookstone’s 6’5, 190 pound senior kicker Wes Pahl.
Including some of the longest kicks in the history of Brookstone school. However, he may have never played if it wasn’t for a chance encounter his mom had with a Brookstone football coach that led him to play his sophomore year.
“He was like ‘Would Wes be interested in kicking footballs?’, said Wes Pahl. “I had to make that decision, ‘do I want to play football?’ I hadn’t thought about playing football ever in my life, I ended up making the decision with a bunch of help from my friends and family.”
Since then his skills and performance on the field continued to improve, but it wasn’t resulting in offers to play at the next level.
“Junior year I had nothing. I had no clue I was good enough to do this,” says Pahl.
That all changed after he went to a camp, where division one coaches and scouts could see him kick in person.
“I went to this Kohl’s kicking camp, then a couple of the coaches hit me up and I was like this is getting serious now,” said Pahl.
The offers started to slowly roll in at the same time the COVID-19 pandemic was breaking out in the states.
“At the beginning, I only had two offers and I was going to go visit them, but then then the corona pandemic started,” says Pahl. “Then western Kentucky came up and I was like I have to check this school out.”
Wes officially announced his commitment to Western Kentucky on Friday. He will be a preferred walk on fop the Hilltoppers and will try for the starting job at kicker or punter.
“I’m just excited to get better and see that college D1 experience and grow as a person too.”