Nick Valadez has nearly every team, regional and statewide accolade he could possibly own -- a school record for tackles, numerous district honors, two honorable mention all-state awards.
Now the North Bullitt standout awaits the one thing that would truly cap a star-studded career, a offer to play for his favorite college team.
"I love Kentucky," Valadez said of the Wildcats. "I've always been a UK fan. I'm really hoping to hear something from them."
Valadez, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker who his coach compares to former Kentucky standout Jeff Snedegar, could be something of a hidden gem at North Bullitt. He's received attention from the likes of Louisville, Tennessee, Arkansas, Arizona, EKU, WKU and Middle Tennessee, but nothing yet from the Cats.
"I've been to a couple of UofL camps, but I didn't get to go to Kentucky," Valadez said. "It would be nice if they could see me play. We're going to send some tapes."
A four-year starter, Valadez has 336 career tackles. Through four games this season, he's averaged 15 tackles per game, including seven for losses and one sack. North Bullitt has got out of the gates to a 3-1 start.
"I'd say real aggressive," said Valadez when asked to describe his style of play. Fittingly, his favorite player is Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis, the Super Bowl MVP. "I flow to the ball. I've got real good eyes to the ball. I feel like I know what's going to happen before the play's run."