This fall Louisville Central High School was one of the best stories coming out of the KHSAA Gridiron Bowl as first year head coach Tyrran Scroggins and his staff brought together a group of young men with one common goal. Win the Class 3A State Championship. While many thought Coach Scroggins was crazy to leave his previous job, the coach knew there was talent walking the halls that needed embraced, guided and shown faith in their abilities.
What he got was a team special enough to defeat Belfry in the championship game and a roster of players with the ability to take their game to another level. Three of those players are getting early recruiting interest from in-state and the University of Kentucky.
Class of 2009
Two players that really stand out for Central in the Class of 2009 should find their calling on the defensive side of the ball. Both bring the ability to play at the next level.
Ridge Wilson: Wilson has size and athletic ability at 6-foot-4, 210-pounds. With the ability to play on both sides of the ball several college programs have already been in contact about Wilson. At this stage I'd project him as an outside linebacker and depending upon what weight he could add a possible rush defensive end.
Mister Cobble: While most will overlook Cobble because of his height (6-foot-0) they'll end up losing out on a player that can make a difference. Strong, with quick feet, Cobble has the makings of a top defensive tackle at the college level. A high school wrestler, Cobble understands leverage and leaving it all on the field. A member of the schools ROTC and considered by his high school coach to be a school and team leader, Cobble has a solid frame and is not afraid to take on double teams. In fact he demands it of the teams they play against.
Class of 2010
While it's hard to believe we're talking about 2010 prospects already, UK has already talked about making an offer to this one.
Timothy Patterson: This is the player to keep an eye on and college coaches seem to already be agreeing. Size with great athletic ability makes Patterson the type of prospect that can blossom into one of the top in the country. At 6-foot-4, 205-pounds Patterson is a prospect with great upside as he's playing insider linebacker at this time. Showing during the state championship game he was willing to throw his body into the mix makes him a recruiting gem to watch. While head coach Tyrran Scroggins agrees with my assessment, he also is pushing for his young buck to take all phases of becoming a prospect serious. The Wildcats are talking about making an early verbal offer to Patterson to make sure he understands their desire to recruit him and keep him in-state.
Here are a few clips of Timothy Patterson from the State Championship game.