RECRUITING: UK on the move; Deaderick set to visit

Brandon Deaderick, of Elizabethtown High School, Kentucky, is one of the top defensive lineman in the Southeast. Last week, several coaches visited and one school made its second visit Sunday night.

"Coach Randolph from Alabama just left. The visit went really well. We talked about football and how my season went. We had dinner and he stayed here for about two hours," Brandon Deaderick said.

"Coach Shula and Coach Sparky Woods were here Tuesday. That visit went really good. I really like the Alabama coaching staff. They are all genuine. Coach Woods and Coach Shula don't pressure you at all. They talked to me about making the university better and not just the football team."

With two visits in the past week, Alabama is making a strong push for Deaderick's signature.

"Alabama is definitely one of the main schools I am looking at. You can't beat the tradition at Alabama. They have a lot of young players. The only way they can go now, is up," Deaderick said.

A few other coaches visited with the talented defensive end and more are scheduled.

"All the Louisville coaches, except for Coach Petrino, came here the other day," he said. "Last Monday, Coach Brooks, Coach Gray, Coach Brown, and Coach Phillips (all from Kentucky) were here. They came up to the school and visited with me. A few coaches from Michigan State are supposed to be here on Monday and the Auburn coaches are coming on Wednesday."

"I would say my top three are Louisville, Alabama and Auburn. Kentucky and Michigan State are not far behind and they are still in the mix," Deaderick added.

Deaderick knows what he likes about his favorites.

Louisville: "It's close to home. They have an explosive offense. Marcus Jones is their leader on defense. He is going to be gone after this year. I feel like I could come in and be a leader on the defense. They are going to be in the Big East next year. They will win the Big East and get a BCS bid. In the near future, I could play for a national championship. The team is on the rise and they signed the number one quarterback in the country last year."

Auburn: "A big reason why I like Auburn so much, they offered me early. They are losing two defensive ends after this year. I would be able to come in and compete. They are in the SEC. They have a good program and good coaches. I have become really familiar with Auburn because they send me hand written letters about every day. They also have a good defense."

Alabama: "Man, I just love the coaches to death. They have a really good defense. It was ranked either first or second in amount of yards during the season. Everyone that plays is young. It is not like the team would be starting from scratch, when I get there. They will have nine returning starters on defense. They have a lot of room to expand on offense. They have really good facilities and the campus is really nice. The city of Tuscaloosa is also really nice."

Deaderick has several schools recruiting him. One school, because of their efforts, may stand out above the rest.

"All the schools are pretty equal in recruiting me. Alabama has been twice. Louisville brought all their coaches, except Coach Petrino. Auburn has been sending me stuff everyday. I would probably say Alabama right now. They have visited with me twice already."

When asked about a decision, Deaderick replied, "I think I will wait until after my visits. I think it will come down to the official visits. I like a lot about each of the schools."

Elizabethtown hoped to be in the state championship game for the second year in a row, but fell short. Deaderick is now focused getting himself ready for the next level.

"We got beat in the third round. It was pretty bad. We lost last year, in the state championship game, in overtime by six inches. I had a good year. I missed four games with an injury, but made it back for the last three games. I do not know any of my stats for the year. I am not playing any other sports. I am just focusing on football. I would like to improve my strength and my reaction time. I want to be able to get off the ball quicker and improve my footwork," said Deaderick.

Next weekend, Deaderick trips to Kentucky for his first official visit. He plans to set a visit with Michigan State and he has visits already set with Louisville, Alabama, and Auburn.

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