Porter focused on bringing top local talent to FVSU

Fort Valley State Head Coach Kevin Porter talks about his second season with the Wildcats. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

FORT VALLEY, GA -- Football fans learned just how good of a coach Kevin Porter was last season.

Hired a month before the first game, the head coach led Fort Valley State to their first SIAC Championship in 17 years with a 33-30 victory over Kentucky State in the Crampton Bowl. Following a 1-6 start, the Wildcats rattled off four straight wins to end the season bringing home the hardware in the process.

As the Wildcats transition into year two, Porter now paints the full picture with off-season workouts, spring practice and recruiting under his belt as FVSU enters fall camp. With a championship repeat possible, Porter is focusing on building his program into a perennial title contender which starts with bringing in top talent right in Fort Valley's backyard.

"We want to try and build the program really from the inside out," Porter said. "I think that starts with going out and finding the best talent locally that you can."

The Wildcats enter camp with 10 players from the Middle Georgia area returning on the roster with incoming freshman adding more. Porter knows a DII power starts with stockpiling the depth chart with local talent.

"It's really important that we do a good job here in the area," Porter said. "We try to get out and recruit in about a 50-mile radius which you know from here in that 50-mile radius is some pretty good kids."

Fort Valley State made a big splash this off-season signing Southwest DT BJ Shapre along with Veterans WR Jaylen Lowder. The Wildcats open the season August 31 at West Georgia. Preseason practice opens this Friday.

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