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Local recruits monitoring Western Kentucky’s coach search

Former Lovejoy linebacker Randy Anyanwu committed to Western Kentucky last month because he wanted to play for Bobby Petrino. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Former Lovejoy linebacker Randy Anyanwu committed to Western Kentucky last month because he wanted to play for Bobby Petrino. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

HAMPTON — Former Lovejoy football players Randy Anyanwu and Justin Brown say they will take a “wait and see” approach as Western Kentucky looks to replace head coach Bobby Petrino.

On Thursday morning, Petrino accepted the same position at Louisville, the school where he got his first head coaching job. Petrino, who has drawn praise for his coaching ability, although off-the-field issues have clouded his reputation, spent only one season at Western Kentucky.

He didn’t coach in 2012, following an off-field issue at Arkansas in 2011, but was hired by Western Kentucky after former coach Willie Taggart took the South Florida job.

When Anyanwu and Brown committed to Western Kentucky last month, they said they looked forward to playing for Petrino and his staff because of their success and coaching experience.

When reached Thursday morning by cellphone, both said they will continue to monitor the situation at Western Kentucky before making any other decision. Senior prospects can start signing their scholarship offers on Feb. 5.

“I’m still considering signing with them,” said Anyanwu, an all-region selection at defensive end. “I’m going to see what happens with the coaching situation, and probably take another visit up there.”

Anyanwu said he also has visits set up with Middle Tennessee State (Jan. 17), Buffalo (Jan. 24) and Marshall (Jan. 31).

“I still like the team, and the program,” Anyanwu said. “I’m sure there will be some shaking up of the staff.”

Brown, an all-region offensive lineman, said he is also committed to the program that will move from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA in the upcoming season.

“I’m still a hard commit to them,” Brown said. “I’ve talked to some coaches and they said they were going to stay. I’m not sure if I will take any other visits. I will talk with Western Kentucky first before I look around. I don’t want to start looking and they pull my scholarship.”