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New Campbellsville University head football coach Perry Thomas did not have to look far for his initial signee when he inked one of the most famous last names in Central Kentucky with Somerset quarterback Ross Deaton on Thursday.
Deaton, who did not play this fall, threw for 3,726 yards and 43 touchdowns to lead the Briar Jumpers to a 9-5 record in 2006 before being eliminated by eventual Class A state champion Newport Central Catholic.
Deaton, who ranked 48th in state passing with 5,901 yards in two seasons at Somerset also passed for 2,175 yards and 28 touchdowns when Somerset went 12-2 in 2005 and were also eliminated by Newport Central Catholic in the Class A semifinals.
Deaton is the son of Campbellsville High School Principal Mike Deaton, who was a four-sport stand-out athlete at Green County in the mid-1970s and a quarterback at the University of Kentucky when the Wildcats went 10-1 in 1977.
Deaton is also the grandson of legendary Green County High School basketball coach Carl Deaton and the nephew of Campbellsville University's all-time leading girls' basketball scorer Andrea Deaton-Smith.
"It's such an honor and privilege to be part of a university that's meant so much to our family," Deaton said after the signing ceremony. "I really look forward to playing for coach Thomas and coach (Haywood) Riner.
"It's a great opportunity to get a great education."
Deaton, who attended a community college this semester in Georgia, has four years of eligibility and has future plans on going into the coaching field.